Does blogging about your blog count? If so, this is post No. 61. I dunno. Hence, the asterisk.
Reflections in the Why debuted, in earnest and to much fanfare, in September 2011. Initially, I set a personal goal of publishing one post per month. Expect No. 62 in October 2016.
This look back comes at this time because (1) I’m introducing a group of teachers to the mathblogosphere on Friday, and (2) I missed the obligatory 2012 year in review post.
According to my WordPress.com annual report, the top two search engine terms that land users at my blog are tarsia and…
My most viewed post? My 7-year-old daughter keeps beating me at Spot it! In this post, I wrote about walking away from the very same thing that, as it turns out, drives much of my blog’s traffic:
I finally asked, “Why am I doing this?” Okay, so the game might be fun for some students, but would it increase their conceptual understanding? Of course not. We’re talkin’ about practice.
And isn’t it ironic, don’t you think? I ask because Canadians don’t have the best track record here.
I tend to write what I would like to read. The bloggers that I enjoy reading the most:
- tell stories about how children make sense of mathematics (e.g., Christopher Danielson’s Guess the Temperature),
- share lesson ideas for topic x while making it about so much more than that (e.g., in addition to linear and quadratic functions, Fawn Nguyen’s Patterns Poster is about problem-solving, communication, visualization, differentiated instruction, perseverance, etc., yet she doesn’t have to hit you over the head with this)
- make engaging connections between mathematics and the ‘real-world’ (e.g., Matt Vaudrey’s Mullets: The Only Lesson They’ll Remember)
- write about professional development and collaborating with colleagues, a large part (the largest?) of my current job (e.g., Patrick Brandt’s Mumford and Math, which also receives bonus points for the music reference)
- make me laugh (e.g., Geoff’s We must get rid of Algebra because Roger C. Schank can’t behave at parties, knows weird mathematicians)
If tarsia or practice landed you here, in the same spirit of, but not necessarily in the same league as, the list above, I encourage you to check out the following:
- Kitchen Table Konversations
- Mystery Transformation
- Hey, I just met you and I wanna rock your gypsy soul
- I think we can all agree…
- The role of Ponyboy Curtis will be played by the Mathematics Department Head