Autumn 2015 has been hectic with teaching, research, admin and, well, life (particularly Pip, my one-year Ragdoll kitten) all competing for my time and attention.
On Saturday 7th November 2015, I organised a national mathematics education research conference as part of my role as Conference Organiser of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM).
The conference was held, conveniently, at my institution, the University of Reading's Institute of Education. Over 100 delegates from throughout the UK (Oxford, Cambridge, UCL Institute of Education, etc.) and from abroad (Japan, Portugal, Turkey, etc.) attending and presenting at this day conference.
I, too, presented some preliminary findings of one of my research projects which set out to explore how getting primary/elementary school children to create their own picture book about multiplication could help them develop conceptual understanding of multiplication (see more details in the Research section). I gratefully received lots of useful advice from the audience, not least from the legendary Professor Terezinha Nunes of Oxford University's Department of Education, who helped me to see an alternative way of analysing my research data.
Whether you are a pre-service or in-service teacher, whether you are a research student or a fellow academic, I would strongly encourage you to attend future BSRLM conferences if you are passionate in the field of mathematics education. For more information of its next conference, please visit: http://www.bsrlm.org.uk/nextmeeting.html.