Ah it’s the time of year again. The time of year when we all start looking forward to fireplaces, family, and chewing up reams of your school’s printer-paper by printing out the Math Blogging Retrospectus.
The impetus of creating the Retrospectus was that it’s so damn hard to keep up with all the great math teaching content being produced. It’s really difficult to make sure you got all the value out of the math blogosphere when new posts and bloggers pop up every day. Thus, the Retrospectus.
All I’m asking you to do, dear reader, is to paste a link to one (or two or three or ten) of your favorite math blog posts from 2014 in the comments. It’s up to you to determine what “favorite” means. Perhaps it was something that you used in your class or want to use in your class. It’s possibly a moving story from a thoughtful facilitator. It could be a post that made you think differently about something, or in a new light.
From last year’s description:
It’s incredibly difficult to keep track of the ever-growing Math Blogosphere. Keeping up with posts is like trying to hold water in your hands. I’m looking for timeless or timely math blog posts that inspired, touched, and/or entertained you. This decidedly NOT a voting thing. It’s NOT a ranking. And for the love of all things holy, it’s not an EDUBLOG award thing. If a blog post touched a single person, I’d like to capture it: chances are it’ll touch another. There are math blogs that I and you do not even know about, but someone reading this does. Let’s all partake in some shared sharing. Share a link to a few (or several!) blog post that you truly enjoyed, I’ll do some of my patented copying and pasting and attempt to assemble it into a tome that can be downloaded or printed out. They could be short posts on instructional practices or problem ideas. They could be longreads of reflections on teaching and systemic issues. Any and all types are welcome.
I’ll start. Throughout the year, I’ve been bookmarking interesting posts. Here are 10 (and only 10) of them.
- Kate examines the purpose of exams.
- Jonathan gets students to argue mathematically in Pre-Cal. PRE-CAL.
- Chris weighs in on the seemingly-seasonal real-world conversation.
- Ilana recognizes smartness and addresses status issues in math.
- Nora does typical, awesome Nora things. This time with gamifying systems of linear equations.
- Andrew tortures students with a spelling bee in math.
- Nat drills conceptually.
- Michael explores feedback and when it’s best to give (and not give) it.
- Julie gets students to understand the volume of a cone conceptually.
- Sam goes all-in with u-substitution.
Now it’s your turn: post a link in the comments below. If you’ve been derelict in your duties of bookmarking your favorite posts, the @GlobalMathDept newsletter archives might be a goof place to get your footing.
Once you’ve done that, feel free to go back and check out previous years’ Retrospecti: