We are truly living in the golden age of math curriculum. Never has it been easier to find great stuff and collaborate with great people online. In particular, this past year saw a sort of boomlet in math blogging. You can find literally hundreds of like-minded, creative and supportive math teachers online in just about any time zone. However, with this boomlet comes a marked increase in the difficulty in following it all. Whereas just a few years ago it was easy to toss a few links into your Google reader and you had all there was to digest math-
wise, now there’s an
avalanche of math teachers blogging through their practice. While the act of blogging is certainly therapeutic and beneficial for them, being the selfish person I am, I want to know how to improve my own practice through the efforts of others.
What is this thing?
As 2012 drew to a close, I put out a simple request: send me the math blog posts that touched, inspired or helped you in the past calendar year. I wanted to catch up on all the great stuff I had missed throughout the year, now that I had a
couple weeks off for Winter break. With each passing post that was submitted, I was honored by these teachers’
willingness to put themselves out there, successes and failures. This document is merely a compilation of those posts.
Instead of following link after link, it’s a single artifact capturing some of the most fascinating blog posts by teachers in
the trenches. I lightly edited for format and the occasional spelling mishap, but the posts are basically in their original form.
admittedly unscientific crack at finding just some of the good stuff that happened online in 2012 before it slips through the cracks. It may also serve as an outward facing document to demonstrate to non-online math teachers how much great stuff there is out there. Whether you use this document or not, I hope that you find the posts that these authors poured their blood, sweat, and tears into as inspiring as I did. If y
ou are a “contributing” author and would like your blog post removed from this compendium for any reason, please let me know and I’ll remove it and re
How to use this thing
Obviously, this is not the medium in which the original blog posts existed or were intended for. To fully appreciate many of the posts, you need to follow hyper-links, watch videos, and participate in the comment section. So it has some limitations. Still, all the posts have the hyperlinks still in them, including links to the videos. The pictures still live here. So
even with those limitations, I’d recommend a few potential uses:
Toss it into Evernote or whatever cool reading app you have for your mobile device.
Use your school’s paper and ink to print it out yourself and read it
on the train. Go back and look at the videos
and stuff when you’re safely at home and youtube isn’t being firewalled.
Spend some time in silent sustained reading for your next professional development (or, perhaps, in lieu of district-led professional development).
Bypass all the cut-and-pasted text and go right to the hyperlinks and read each post in its original glory.
Download the Word version, pare it down to just your favorites, then print it out and give it as presents or something, mix-tape style. The posts are organized into three categories:
, but since many combined multiple of these elements, rather than a typical listed table to contents, a Venn Diagram TOC is probably more appropriate. Geoff