I am a bit late to the game, but I just found the July Blogging Challenge from Teaching Statistics, and I am joining midmonth. I've already had a few blogposts this month, but a challenge is way more fun. I also appreciate the idea of the built in social network, and I've already learned a lot by reading posts by some of the participants.
A bit of background info about myself is that I am beginning year 2 as a teacher on special assignment for my district. The job is still in development, and I get to wear many hats (new teacher support provider, professional development, technology integration, etc.). This start-stop-continue post is very specific to my current role, but I expect that my blog posts in the future will be more about classroom activities and strategies. If you read some of my other posts you will notice that I LOVE Geogebra, but I don't expect to be so Geogebra-centric in the future, since that is more of a summer project in preparation for the work that I will do with teachers in the fall.
Below are some things to work on for next year:
-More classroom observations. I am hoping to capture many of the wonderful strategies that are already in place, and hopefully create more of a culture where observation is the norm. Since I am on special assignment and have no classes, I can cover classes so teachers can observe each other.
-More demo lessons. Last year was my first year on special assignment as a math support/resource teacher, and while it went well I didn’t have much time to get into the classroom. I am also hoping some teachers will be willing to let me teach an entire unit with their students.
-Blogging once a week. I’m not sure I can pull off a 180 day blog, especially since I don’t have my own class, but if I don’t have something interesting to write about once a week maybe that is a sign that I am not spending enough time with students.
-Reading math education books/articles without taking notes. I wish I could remember everything I read, but unfortunately I end up forgetting a lot of details.
-Reviewing homework with students in the traditional manner. I would love to find a way to review homework that is more active for all students.
For this last one, I was inspired by Robin at Making Math Visible (cool name!). She says in her “Stop” section,
-Over-booking each lesson. I tend to be overambitious in my lesson planning resulting in us working to the bell (which is good), but I then sacrifice the summary or exit ticket (which is bad). I need to either stop overbooking OR stop things early to get to the summary.
I am guilty of this as well, and I’ve seen how powerful the summary portion of a lesson can be. I’d also like to focus on ways to make the summary more visible.
-Planning common lessons with course teams. This has been an authentic and fun way to integrate common core lessons and lessons that involve technology.
-Tech lunches. At one of the schools that I work at we’ve had several informal lunch meetings to learn about a new tool in Geogebra, or to learn a new program. We even had a lunch to learn how to use Pinterest in the math class!
-Using mini-whiteboards. I am making a travel set from sheet protectors, and I recently learned that felt works well as an eraser. After reading all of these posts, I am also going to buy the red-yellow-green cups to keep in my travel bag.