I have fond memories of university. It was a time of growth and change, where I face immense personal and intellectual challenges that have proved to be definitive in my life. If people who know me well were asked to describe me in objective terms, I am confident that the major aspects of my character and personality (both positive and negative) can be traced back to things that happened to me during my time at uni.
It was such a formative stage for me, which is why when I received the invite from Judy Anderson (@JudyAnderson6) to attend and participate in the inaugural Alumni Conference for graduates of the Secondary Maths education degree at Sydney University, I was genuinely delighted by the prospect of returning to my alma mater and reliving some old times.
It was during the school holidays, which made me pause before I decided to commit to attending, but eventually I decided it would be a worthwhile thing to go to – and I don’t regret it. I haven’t felt so energised and excited by a gathering of people in quite a long time, and it would have been hard for anyone to walk away from the door with a renewed passion for mathematics education.
I wish I had time to write a bit more about my experiences on the day – perhaps once the school term settles down, I might (though it very likely will not) – but for now I just want to say that I was able to video every presentation during the day and I’ve made them all available on a single easy-to-browse page: SUSMAC 2014. Enjoy and share with any maths teachers you know!