Math Teachers at Play #25: Sharing

My life is changing in many major ways.  I just got engaged.  I just bought a house with my fiancé(e?).  I’m getting ready for the summer as a camp director, and preparing to start my own software company (seriously!).  Tomorrow I leave on a 7-day hiking trip in Missouri  with 8 students, and won’t be able to check on my house, my staff, or work on the science fiction class I’m teaching in 10 days, and I’m really not ready to go.

Despite the toll these changes are taking on my time, I’m happy to host the Math Teachers at Play blog carnival, edition #25.  More and more, the web is becoming a tool which people use to learn, teach, and learn by teaching (and teach by learning!).  Much of my own expertise as a teacher, as a programmer, and as a camp director has come from the internet, and my journey into the blogosphere this year has given me a chance to give back (and to grow from that process).  This blog carnival was one of the first hubs of interconnectivity I stumbled upon in my search for quality contributors to said blogosphere 1.

I also want to take this opportunity to share all of the files I’ve generated this year.  I’m proud of them as a record of my progress, but you’ll be disappointed if you expect a continuous style or theme.  You’ll see my philosophy change from unit tests to SBG tests, you’ll notice when I got my CPM books, and when I ran out of steam for my notes templates and slide decks.  Please feel free to use, alter, and redistribute any of my work.  My ego says “and link back to me here” but I don’t think I actually even care about that.  I hope you can use them!  Sorry: they’re all in Office 2007 formats.

And now, with all of my sentimental blathering aside, the Carnival itself! The theme this month is sharing connections. I’ve arranged every blog submitted according to the number of subscribers that google reader tells me it has. Those without a lot of connections are listed first, so veteran bloggers can take a while to check them out and leave some comments. Those with many connections are listed later, so that newcomers to blogging can start with some popular blogs with already-active comment sections. If you’d like to submit your own article to next month’s carnival (hosted at math hombre), make sure you do so at blogcarnival.com before May 20!

Thanks for keeping this community strong by writing, reading, and commenting on all of the great math ed blogs out there.  It’s really something – and what a great way to set an example of life-long learning for our students!

Riley

  1. I can’t believe how comfortable I’ve gotten with these ridiculous words

7 thoughts on “Math Teachers at Play #25: Sharing”

  1. I just bought a house with my fiancé(e?).

    A fiancé is male; a fiancée is female — in general, the French add a final (unaccented) “e” to make something feminine (René and François are men, Renée and Françoise are women). The two are pronounced the same.

    So which one you have depends upon whom you’re marrying. Assuming that “Riley” is a straight man, you’re probably signing your life away with your fiancée.

    And thanks for getting the accent mark right!

  2. Bless you, Riley Lark, for sharing your full sets of materials!

    And I also appreciate your comments and observations on CPM. One of the authors of the system, Judy Kysh, is my Math Curriculum & Instruction professor this year at SFSU. I am excited about seeing how to combine the usefulness of the CPM/problem-based/student-centered approach with the SBG and WCYDWT approach I love from your (and Dan M’s and Kate N’s and Mr K’s and Shawn C’s and all the other great math teacher blogs).

    It makes me feel less alone and more like I have a community of like-minded practitioners who are thinking about these things in a similar framework.

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