Honestly ... there is a part of me that preferred just hooking up in the MSSunFun and the Made4Math weekly postings. Any other ideas I needed I caught through my feedly blog list.
I love reading about the lessons everyone is teaching. I love the sharing of ideas.
The Twittering is really a lot ... I can't keep up with that although I do enjoy checking in daily to see what is being discussed. A couple of times this week I thought about letting that account go ... but then I wanted to tweet to ask for ideas! It's easier to get responses from tweets than in blogs! I wish that were not so ...
The weekly "chats" and the Global Math meetings are awesome ... but really ... I have to have time to get other things done! So I usually choose to catch the recordings ... that way I can listen/read to as much or as little as I need.
So yes ... it is too much of a good thing ... and no ... I need it all! So I'm learning to let go of keeping up with every idea ... and instead, listening in, asking for help with my specific topics.
But organizing the ideas ... that's a tough one. I'm trying two methods ...
During the summer when I had a little more time than I do now, I blogged a "round-up" series where I made note of the cool ideas I was finding online (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Just this weekend I went back through those blogs and found one idea I need in my next unit plan. So finding a way to keep track of all the good ideas is essential!
I have a virtual filing cabinet - multiple drawers - A1, A2, Great math sites!! I taught Algebra 1 last year; I organized a list of links for that course based on our curriculum. This year I'm teaching Algebra 2. As I finish a unit I am going back through to note the links that helped. I do have a tendency to save too many links ... only because when I teach one or both of these again I may need slightly different materials. I am a hoarder of ideas! I like the filing cabinet method the best for organizing.
I hope others will talk about their organizational methods ... love to learn new tricks!