How do we escape the whirlwind of the day to day to get the support and the information that we desperately need?
What would it look like to have professional engagement in social media that's valuable and provides a good return for your investment of time?
Here are a few ideas to help you get started.
Global Math Department- This Tuesday at 9pm Eastern- Teachers from all over will share "My Favorites." You can login and listen. If you want to get involved and present something you're doing, you can contact the organizers of the event and get on the schedule for a future event.
Practice Blogs- Teachers are opening the doors of their classrooms and sharing what they have done. Some of these posts reflect great successes and other reflect on failure. But either way the purpose is understanding how students learn and how to reach them. The resources are great, but the conversation that emerges through the comments is where the best learning takes place. Check out this example on Mulletude and note how Matt Vaudrey got his inspiration for this lesson, how he shared his thought process, and how his community of readers responded to this post.
180 Blogs- Teachers that are taking a picture of what they are doing everyday of the year and posting it. Sometimes they include a description of what they are doing, sometimes the picture speaks for itself. This image below is of the Mistake Game- from the 180 day blog by bowmanimal180. Students create a solution with a mistake. Then rather than sharing solutions, the students figure out how to correct the work. Here is an example of an elementary 180 blog by Sadie Estrella.
Twitter and Pinterest are also great resources for teachers. I must confess that I've only dabbled in them. Sooooo here's the challenge. If you have suggestions for using Twitter or Pinterest, please share your tips by commenting to this post.
Based a presentation by Ashli Black at
IM&E Conference in Syracuse, NY 3.3.2013