Friday, October 7, 2011
To Blog or Not to Blog
This year school seems busier than ever. I have a great group of students and they come to class with positive attitudes ready to learn. They seem to enjoy class and the activities I plan to reinforce my math lessons. I am still trying out new things. As far as technology goes, I find myself spending more time working on the technology that is available to the pupils and teachers in my district such as Moodle as well as supporting the other teachers in my district with their learning. At the end of the day I go home happy. I walk my dog, go to my yoga class and catch up on the news of the day. I have not made the time to blog like I have in the past. I have been beginning to question whether blogging is a good use of my time- if I should move on to other things, Then this week I decided to check out some blogs I follow that I haven't taken the time to check out in a while and I remembered why I fell in love with blogging in the first place. Miss Calculate had a great post about algebra writing prompts. Dy/Dan is still at it with a great post on the shower vs. bath. I am enjoying reading Old Math Dog Learning New Tricks. My creative juices are flowing and my fellow bloggers are the reason why. A fellow teacher at my school asked me last week where I had gotten the idea I was using that day for practicing function notation. We were "playing" a survivor type activity. Students were divided into groups of four and worked on problems together as a team. When they all agreed to an answer they would have me come by to check their work. If they had the correct answer they could erase one of another teams' "treasures". The team left at the end with the most treasures won a prize. Students had so much fun trying to take out other teams- creating alliances. One class even worked it out at the end to have everyone win. Luckily I had enough pencils, pennies and stickers! The amount of work and review the students were doing in their survivor teams was amazing- but the most amazing thing of all was the amount of fun the students had learning/practicing their function notation skills. I guess this is why I really blog. To learn and be inspired by other bloggers as well as to share what goes on in my classroom... and to get my creative juices flowing!