I have taught part-time for the past two and a half years… that is until January 7, 2013. I will be employed full time. With the added position comes a new course. I have gone through the spectrum of emotions – excitement, fear, anxiety, and just being overwhelmed. As I have worked this week to create a picture and outline of what I want for this new opportunity, I have been inspired!!!
I have been reading math blogs now for almost a year. It started out finding a video on YouTube, “teach me how to factor” and I was hooked. I turned to google and just searched math blogs. I found Dan Meyer and I caught my self reading his posts more than checking my Facebook. Then one day I saw a list of other bloggers on the side of his webpage… and one by one I worked my way through each. By this summer I was checking 20 blogs a week.
This past fall I joined the Blog Initiative started by a group of math teacher/bloggers. I tried to “join” their world. Well, just like many others before me, I failed. I wrote a couple posts and then all of a sudden life hit and I never made time to post. But, with my failure of being one of them, came more blogs to read. I started a google feed so now I read more than the 20 blogs that I started with last summer. I read around 20 blog posts a day. I even listen in to Global Math Department on a weekly basis. I follow and “stalk” others on Twitter. Because of all this: My mind has been stretched, my teaching skills have been advanced, and I know my students enjoy class a little more.
So, as I embark on a new course, I want to take time to thank those bloggers that I have been reading and have gained the most inspiration from.
The only way I can think of to show my appreciation is to make a deeper commitment to blogging and sharing my ideas that work in my classroom with the world. I am better because of the blogs I read, not just the main ones I listed above.
So here is to a new year, a new class, and not just being inspired but to share inspiration with others.