Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Blogging Assignment Overview

This site is dedicated to a group of math teachers who use twitter and who blog.  They have formed a community and share ideas with each other.  They have become friends.  It is a place to get great ideas and share great ideas with other math teachers.

It is important as a teacher to get new ideas and one of the best ways to do this is to follow other math teachers on Twitter and read other math teachers’ blogs.  Maybe someday you will be one of the math teachers that people are following and getting ideas from—how cool would that be?
There is a list of suggested people to follow, based on their interest areas.  This is going to be helpful and provide me some new blogs to watch and people to follow on Twitter.
There was some great advice on privacy concerns on Twitter and with Blogging.

One of the best pages was “Cool Things we have done together.”  This is a great resource of people to follow on Twitter and blogs to read.  I am about to start a blog—maybe later this semester.  I certainly love how the Technology blog is going so far.

  This is the blog of Sam Shah, Math Teacher.  “Continuous everywhere but differentiable nowhere.”  He also has a lot of information about himself—basically he has created an electronic portfolio on here.  There is more and more talk about what your electronica persona is—do you have one?  Do you want one?

I was searching through the site and found the following two subsites helpful and something that we may want to look at in class,

Yes, I think that it makes me wonder about my internet presence and do I want to have one.  Have you googled yourself—what comes up?  Is it more than just your Facebook page?

Yes, again it makes me wonder if I should create a blog and create an electronic presence.  Of course, the questions that I am asking is, “Do I know enough to do this?  Do I truly have information to contribute that would help other teachers?”

Explains a process that Sam Shah created to help other teachers begin blogging.  He emailed them a prompt each week.  This was a 4-week process, where they were sent a prompt each week.  The number of people responding each week decreased as the 4 weeks went on.

I think, like many of you, I am worried about blogging and what to say.  This website with the email prompts has reassured me that you are not being judged by what you say.  A blog isn’t so much about other people as it is an opportunity for you to reflect on yourself and your teaching. 

A blog may not be something that you want to tackle your first year as you will be so busy, but it might be something to do your second year.  Of course, it might be interesting to have both the first year and then the second year you can go back and reflect on things you have changed.

A Physics/Math teacher in Iowa has switched from normal grading to standards based grading.  He talks about what Standards-Based grading means and his journey to do it.   This idea places the emphasis on learning rather than the grade.  I completely agree with it.

Standards-Based Grading allows students to “re-do” quizzes.  I have been opposed to this idea for some time, but after reading this website, it actually makes sense to me.  I have always been a teacher that focuses on learning rather than the grade.  If I really want to know if a student learned a concept, why not let them demonstrate that to me later (retake the quiz).  I think that this website may have changed my view on things.