This volume is simply a compilation of some of the math teaching blog posts that inspired someone else. I asked for a post or two that inspired
them in 2013 and I received a tome. What’s better, compared to
2012, the authors are more diffuse, a flatter blogosphere. 2012 saw a boom in the number of math teaching blogs. 2013 marked the rise of the single service sites. Math Mistakes, Would You Rather Math, Visual Patterns and so forth. Some of these sites were started
in 2012, but really received traction this past calendar year. If someone makes the “Always / Sometimes / Never” site, then we’ll pretty much be set.
I was struck at the movement in the categories. There were
much more “Commentary”
posts and fewer
posts (as I categorized them in 2012 and this year) nominated than last year. It might just be a blip on the radar but it is an interesting anecdotal data point that might portend to
where folks’ m
inds are going and where their needs are. It could also be due to the unscientific way I classified them. To that end, I left the Venn Diagram of Contents up to the reader to fill in.
I’m sorry, you were saying something?
So why did you do all this copying-and-pasting?
It does take a surprisingly long time to copy the blog posts, images and all, and get a consistent format going, so why bother?
I mean, the posts are there and it’s called hyperlinking! What’s the deal? Well, for one, compilations are nice. I still burn mix CD’s of my favorite songs for friends. I’m old fashioned like
that. Also, not everyone is plugged in to the blogosphere yet and they might not know where to turn.
Lastly, it’s incredibly easy to miss a great blog post. With dozens of new math posts to read every day, it’s not feasible to keep up with them and retain the spirit of the posts in a meaningful way. This is an
attempt at slowing down time.
But this thing is like, really long!
It sure is. Over 140 pages in printed form. Is that a problem? Flip through it. There’s a lot of pictures and diagrams. I’m sure you could find an interesting read within 90 seconds of flipping th
rough this. Also, it gives you a chance to use up your schools copy machine paper and toner. Or, you know, you could just stash it on your e-reader. So do whatever you like with it. Curl up by a nice log fire and your iPad and swipe the night away. Or hea
d over to Kinko’s and shell out $35 and give it to your favorite math department head as a thank you
for always making sure there are plenty of paper clips in the supply closet. Or hop on the computer and start contributing to the 2014 Retrospectus. Geoff Krall