Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Getting Started

As teachers, we often talk about how hard it is (and often completely unnecessary) to "recreate the wheel." We beg, borrow, and steal from one another -- and that is often assumed and accepted. Being a teacher is HARD. And being a great teacher is even harder.

Reason #1 why we should explore the blogs of other math teachers: if they've done it, you shouldn't have to do it. (I am basically using a blog post from the Math Twitter Blogosphere to personalize the experience for teachers at my school -- I'm borrowing liberally myself!)

  • Caveat: I don't mean that once you find a resource, you're golden. Many of us know from experience that if you just take a resource from a teacher without fully reviewing it or making it your own, it can backfire when you use it in your classroom. If the language is different, the problems don't match with something the students know how to do, etc. 

Mission One: BLOGS

  1. Read a Blog Post
  2. Leave a comment on it
  3. Share about the blog post you read (with a link) on THIS post. 
I'm not going to leave you hanging though. I want to help you connect with quality resources instead of just doing a random Google Search. 

Places to find a blog post to read: 

  1. Check out the list on the Math Twitter Blogosphere Weebly Page. There is a list of teachers who blog about different classes and age groups. You could also link to the site's page A Few Good Blog Posts.
  2. Check out a favorite of mine, Dan Meyer
  3. A close second, Christopher Danielson.
  4. A nearby third, Geoffrey Krall.
  5. Maybe you already have a blog you enjoy! Go find a post you haven't read.
Post on their blog:
  • Leave a comment or question for the author, share a related experience, or just thank them! 
Come back and post on this blog! Share the link of the blog you read.


  1. I posted a comment at following:

  2. This is interesting.

  3. Interesting problems!