Last week I attended a conference for math teachers… or I guess anyone who is interested in math education. It was a two-day conference, held in a resort/convention center up North in Green Lake, Wisconsin, and as usual I tried to be proactive about food. When I called up there, I spoke to the nicest person in the kitchen. She asked me what I ate, and whether tofu was OK. Then she told me that for either of the two lunches, if I were to go to the first serving line (there were three!) and tell them I was vegan, they would bring me something. On the first day, I barely had a half hour between sessions, and had to go out to the “barbecue tent” where you got to box up a lunch to go. I had a veggie burger with all the trimmings, potato chips, water, fruit…. but wished I was in the dining hall with whatever they’d promised me! On the second day, when I made my request, they invited me to go sit down and they would bring me something. So I got some salad for the salad bar, never dreaming I would be served an enormous plate of food.Isn’t the presentation beautiful, even in this less-than-beautiful cell phone photo? I actually ate all of it! And it was delicious. How kind they were to actually make an effort to create something this nice!
I spose I should say something about how great the conference was, and how much I learned – and I did! The best part was that there were so many activities I learned that integrated math and science, such as the lesson in which we created an active galaxy with a black hole at the center out of a bagel, a doughnut hole, two ice cream cones and a lot of frosting. The idea is that after learning about the shape of such a galaxy, students would then create a paper model and then a computer simulation. (But I think they’ll remember the junk food for a looooong time…..)
I’m going to admit it right now: I did eat some of my bagel with the frosting on it!