A Last Chance to Blog for 2014

To say I don't blog much here would be an understatement, but I'd feel bad if 2014 came and went without a single new post. After all, not many people can say they've been maintaining the same blog for 14 years.

When I think back at the past year my mind goes to academic conferences. In April I made a 10-day trip, first to the AERA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia and then straight to New Orleans for the NCTM Annual Meeting. I listed all the sessions I attended over at blog.mathed.net.

Philadelphia

New Orleans

In June I traveled to Madison for a Cyberlearning Summit. The main research project I've worked on is funded by NSF's Cyberlearning program and this conference gave me a chance to see the work of similar projects from around the country. That trip also gave me a chance to spend some time in and around my home state, something I've only done 3 or 4 times since I moved to Colorado more than 10 years ago.

It's always fun to travel across the country to see a presenter who works in your building

I also attended the International Conference of the Learning Sciences, but (despite being an international conference) my travel amounted to walking a few blocks, as CU-Boulder was the host. It was a really cool conference and brought me into contact with a lot of people both in and outside the mathematics education community.

Bill Penuel (conference organizer, my boss, and all-around good guy) welcomes us to ICLS

When I wasn't doing school stuff, there was a good chance I was either on my bike or watching pros ride their bikes. I became one of those faithful Tour de France watchers who woke up at 5 am to watch live coverage, and I watched the USA Pro Challenge leave its final stage here in Boulder.

It was great to be there for Jens Voigt's last day in the peleton as a pro rider.

As the year concluded I spent some time with family and sharpened my photography skills on their pets.

Lily poses in the way a dog does only when they're begging for food.

What's next for 2015? If things go to plan, it should be my last year as a student. I'll always enjoy being a student, but it's probably good news that now -- in my 12th year as a full-time college student -- that it might be time to clear some hurdles and move on to some new challenges.

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