Tuesday, November 24, 2009


Today was day 2 of our November math ed conference. I have had days of non-stop fun, talking math, giving a workshop and a plenary talk, and meeting all kinds of folks from all over Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark.

Last night we had a big dinner downtown, and so I walked down after the conference, stopping in Bakklandet to meet a group of teachers at a pub beforehand. They were teachers from Telemark, the northernmost state in Norway, and they were very fun. We laughed and laughed and laughed, all in Norwegian. Well, Norwegian laughs sound pretty much like English laughs, but the talk and the joking around was in Norwegian. At the dinner I was in charge of the puzzle contest; I gave instructions to the crowd and later reviewed the answers, gave brief explanations, and award prizes, all in norsk. After the dinner, a lot of us went to the Dublin pub downtown, and then I walked home several kilometers uphill, arriving very tired at 1 a.m.

My workshop and the plenary talk went very well, and I've had offers for more speaking engagements. A success all around.

I've been talking Norwegian nearly the whole time the last few days, and feel like I've gone up a level. Tonight I am helt sliten – completed exhausted. But I told our math resource people (math teacher specialists from all over Norway) that I'd meet them for dinner downtown tonight, so I need to gather up some energy to get myself down to city center. They're a very fun group.

I'll sleep well tonight!

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