Saturday, December 16, 2017

A Blogging Challenge #MTBoSBlog18

Do you want to....

Read more mathy blogs?

Write more on your own mathy blog?

Start your own blog?

Then, I have a blogging challenge for you: #MTBoSBlog18

Starting in the new year...2018, on January 18th, I invite you to read or write blog posts.  And, continue on the 18th of each month.  Hence #MTBoSBlog18

If you are not familiar, MTBoS stands for Math-Twitter-Blog-O'Sphere - where people tweet and blog and share or tweet and read and share.

Here is a link to sign up and share your name, Twitter handle, and blog page.

If you don't have your own blog, we still need you to read.  You are our audience.  A lot of bloggers will tell you they mostly blog for themselves and their own reflection, but let's be honest, we are jumping up and down when we get a comment on a blog post.  Or, if someone retweets it, yippee!!!  We need you.  Follow the link for some fresh ideas of blogs to read and comment on.

Need a jump start to get blogging more?  Have every intention to blog an idea but time slips away?  Start typing and then #pushsend on the 18th of each month.  I will share some blog starters below.

Or, have you been reading blogs and keep saying you should start your own because you are ready to start sharing and reflecting?  Then, 2018 is a great year for you.  You will need to decide on your audience.  Mine is other math teachers.  You will need to decide on a platform.  Mine is blogger, but you can do a quick poll on twitter or some research.  Not get too hung up on it, don't let it be a roadblock.  And, a name.  Yes, you need a name and it can be a big hurdle for some people.  Do you want your own name it?  Your passion? Your hobby? Your favorite saying?  Some mathy pun?  Mine is 8ismyluckynumber (which you already know because you are here) but I like that is starts with the number 8.  I just type that into my search bar and it comes up.  Ask for help on twitter if you need more help, but let's set a goal of having it up by January 18th.  That gives you a month.  You can do it!

Need some ideas?  Here you go:
  • A recent good lesson/A recent bad lesson with reflection
  • New tech you like or dislike
  • A group activity and why it went good or bad
  • A podcast or Ted talk you like or disagree with
  • How you make an assessment
  • How you get/stay organized
  • An organizational hack
  • How you organize paper folders or digital folders
  • How you write a conference proposal
  • A recent conference you have attended
  • A school wide initiative or assembly
  • A favorite lesson so far
  • An upcoming lesson that needs a spark added
  • Desmos
  • Geogebra
  • A project
  • Social justice
  • Pedagogy
  • A student survey
  • Extracurriculars
  • Self care
  • Fun
  • Books - educational or for fun - recommendations
  • How you plan
  • Game/puzzles
  • MTBoS
  • Arrays
  • Number talks
  • Clothesline math
  • VNPS
  • Lesson openers or closers
  • Your classroom space
  • Reassessment
  • Review games/activities 

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