Monday, June 10, 2013

Blogosphere ... Good Ideas!

As I was working on my Feedly list, I visited a number of blogs today.  I am really bad about remembering good ideas that I see around the blogosphere.  So I was delighted when I happened up the radical rational ... where she mentions reading three blogs a day.  She blogged about the three great ideas that she found today ... which sent me on my own hunt for three ideas to use next year!

One of my goals for next year is to do more with math vocabulary.  So I was delighted to find this simple self-reflection on vocabulary at Math = Love!  I remember reading about this strategy in Marzano's book on vocabulary but I didn't put it into practice this past year.  Creating a master list for each unit, rating before, in the middle and at the end of the unit will be helpful in getting students to think about their own understanding of math terms.  (And ... Sarah mentioned a book I might need to add to my summer reading list ... Styles and Strategies for Teaching High School Mathematics: 21 Techniques for Differentiating Instruction and Assessment!

I was not satisfied with my math notebooking efforts this past year.  I value keeping a well-organized notebook but doing so is not one of my skills!  I am afraid that I passed on my lack of organization to my students this past year.  So I was glad to run across Borsht with Anna's post on math notebooking in a 3-ring binder!  Our print shop will copy assignments on hole punched paper. Hole punching is so much easier than gluing and pasting!  I'm hoping that with this plan in place I can teach myself and my ninth graders how to keep each unit organized!

Last but not least, I visited Math Munch today.  Wow!  So many possibilities!  I love the numeric design project.  I had some doodlers this year that would have loved to created graphic design numbers for me!  The Math Munch folks highlighted a TED video presented by Nina Fetterman on epidemics. I can imagine using this video (or a clip of it) as I introduce exponential numbers - talking about the spread of disease!  An ongoing effort is capturing students' attention and interest.  I'm thinking there will be ways to use Math Munch next year ... maybe even "math munch Mondays!"

As you peruse the Internet this summer, how are you organizing the good ideas you find?  Please share!


  1. I'm so glad that you found Math Munch and enjoyed checking it out! If you'd be interested in chatting about using the site with your students, I'd be more than happy to. "Math Munch Mondays" is a very exciting thought!

    1. Justin - I just might do that. I'm not sure what my assignment is for the coming year ... last year I taught all grade 9 algebra 1. Most of my students were not really into math . I'm looking for ways to open their eyes to the fact that there is more to math than a math book (we don't use math books ... but you get the idea!)

      Thanks for visiting my blog!