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Your Ultimate Guide to NCTM 2016

Including tips for having a blast in San Francisco!

Whether you’re new to NCTM or a veteran, our Ultimate Guide to NCTM provides all of the tips and tools you’ll need. Delve into the culture and excitement of the San Francisco Bay Area while networking and learning from your math-savvy peers.

Before You Go to NCTM

Get a Jump-Start on Networking for NCTM

Check out NCTM on Twitter and be sure to follow and retweet your favorite presenters and events. Also go to the NCTM Facebook page to keep up to date on news about the convention. Here are some hashtags you can use to be a part of the conversation:

What to Bring

Make sure to pack a light jacket for the first couple of days, and some sunglasses and sunscreen for Friday and Saturday. Also make sure to bring your badge or a confirmation email—you’ll need them at registration.

Plan Your NCTM Schedule

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Use the online conference planner to plan your schedule so you don’t waste a minute at the conference.

Make sure you stop by Booth #426 and learn the secret to building a deeper connection with your students! We will be sharing our secret on Thursday and Friday, so come by at 9:00 a.m., 12 noon, or 3:00 p.m. to find out.

While You’re There 

Must See-and-Do’s in San Francisco

San Francisco is a melting pot of different cultures and ideas, but with so much to do and so little time, here are some tips on the coolest sights in San Francisco and how you can make the most of them.

Haight Ashbury: This artsy neighborhood will have you singing your favorite Grateful Dead song and reminiscing about the days of peace, love, and flower-power as you get taken back to the 70s. Haight’s shopping district has tons of cool stores from Amoeba Records to Piedmont Boutique—there’s something for everyone. If shopping isn’t your thing, Haight also has a great nightlife. For people who like a bit of an edge, Alembic is the perfect place to grab a beer and hang with your peers. Or if you want something a bit classier, grab a cocktail at Hobson’s Choice

Golden Gate Park: Explore the beautiful landscape of San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Park. There are gardens, galleries, and tons of statues. There’s something to do around every corner in this thousand-acre park. The park’s Music Concourse is an open plaza where you can hear San Francisco’s hippest indie bands play during the evening, and have a relaxing picnic out by the historic statues and four fountains. The Academy of Sciences totes one of the ten largest natural history museums in the world, as well as a 2.5 acre rooftop garden with over 1.7 million native California plants, this is a must-see attraction for any nature-lover. Or if you’re more of the creative type, The De Young Museum of Fine Arts will let you explore your innovative side with one of the largest art museums in the U.S., sporting dozens of historic paintings, statues, and more.

Russian Hill: This beautiful neighborhood is the perfect place to get a bird’s-eye view of the San Francisco Bay area. With tons of pedestrian-only walkways and staircases, this is a great place to take a walk and get a feel for San Francisco culture. Or if you want to explore on wheels, Russian Hill’s Lombard Street is one of the most crooked streets in the world—it’ll have you in for quite the ride.

Fisherman’s Wharf: As one of San Francisco’s most popular tourist destinations, Fisherman’s Wharf has cruises, bike-riding trails, and amazing seafood. Enjoy a Sicilian seafood banquet at Alioto’s or if you want an interactive eating experience, check out the Boudin Bakery’s interactive museum. If you’re a history buff, you can see one of the two functioning Liberty ships from the World War II era at the National Liberty Ship Memorial. If you’re into the weird and slightly disturbing, Ripley’s Believe it or Not will have you turning your head and raising your eyebrows in no time.

Special Events at NCTM

Beyond the traditional lectures and programming, NCTM has a few special events you’ll want to be on the lookout for:

  • The Mathematics Education Trust Wine Tasting is a great way to network with other math-savvy colleagues over a glass of wine, and all proceeds from the tasting go towards MET.
  • Check out NCTM Central to get free journals, lessons, and activities that you can use with your students.
  • To learn more about special events and what else you can expect to get out of your NCTM experience, check out their official website.
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