don’t call me a COPIER, i’m a MAKER

Week 7

This week we took charge of our own learning.  This came about after a series of objectives: reflecting on the differences between training and education, getting introduced to the idea of performance support, becoming knowledgeable about MOOCs, and of course being introduced to the “Maker” movement.  Now it is our turn: reflect on things we want to learn, and strategies to learn them.

I’m not reinventing the wheel or anything, but for me, a traditionalist when it comes to mathematics instruction, reaching out to the blogging world and creating an interactive space for students to respond to math problems, issues and general stuff, is miles away from my comfort zone.  

Let me be clear, I love technology.  I love the Smartboard and document camera that are my lifelines.  I left my laptop at home one day and a student asked, “how are your going to teach?” My response…”I have no idea.”  However, the technology I use is in front of their face.  We are all present for its inclusion.  This idea of interacting from home makes me nervous.  But it is time.  It is time to open up the discussion.  If these kids can tweet and leave messages and share photos, they can be a part of this community and I, well I can at least attempt to be oober confident about it.

So here is my something to learn: how to create a blog to be used as a part of the math discussion in my classroom?

Approaches:
finding the blog of my choice
1. search google: look for reviews on best blog sites that offer visual appeal
2. see what those in my PLC are using for their blogs
3. look at examples of those using certain sites and see which ones work for my content

the math blog connection
1. ask my students what they would like out of this blog: extra help, math jokes, research, extension activities, conversation starters
2. check google + and twitter for popular math blogs and see what they have going on to encourage the conversation
3. look in wordpress, blogster, tumblr, pinterest for inspiration

blog in general
1. research what makes a good blog
2. look at popular blogs of any content area and see what draws people in

goal time frame: 2 months

Links of inspiration and wisdom
http://zig-math.blogspot.com/2012/09/welcome-to-mr.html
http://mathmsandme.blogspot.com/2012/09/who-i-am-and-why-im-here.html
http://ispeakmath.wordpress.com/middle-school-math-blogs/
http://croitz.blogspot.com/

http://www.onlinedegrees.org/top-25-blogs-for-math-in-the-classroom/
http://talkingmath.edublogs.org/

blog site choices
wix.com
wordpress.com
blogster.com
pinterest.com
tumblr.com

 

communities on google + and twitter
#math #mathEd #mathchat #edchat #edtech #middleschool #newblogger

 

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step = The journey to reach 120 students begins with a single post.  

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