It’s been a while! As I’m sure most educators will agree, May and June feel like one month and the workload is more consistent with an average four month span. In any case, I’m glad to be posting again and look forward to a summer of sharing ideas in Ed Tech with anyone interested in hearing them.
Speaking of blog posts… ever since I learned about the concept of blogging in education, I’ve always considered it to be a powerful learning opportunity. Blogging provides an outlet for student writing that reaches an audience much larger than the one students usually write for (often an audience of one – the teacher). Let’s face it – some students don’t always feel the need to try hard to impress their teacher. When students are blogging publicly, they are potentially writing for ANYONE – their classmates, their friends, their family, complete strangers. For many students, this completely changes the level of effort they are willing to commit to an assignment.
All that said, I’ve struggled with how effective blogging might be in a math class. Then I stumbled upon Windsor, Ontario’s @mathleteblogs on Twitter. @mathleteblogs is the Twitter handle for mathblogs.ca or mathleteblogs.com, a math blogging site for teachers and students to assist in building #maths communication. If you visit their site, you can get a FREE MathBlogs.ca site or you can list your current blog in their directory.
Check out Sophia Mannina’s Marvelous Math Blog for one great example from the MathBlogs.ca Directory. You’ll see the idea is quite simple – students just post some of their math work (done on a tablet or interactive whiteboard, or even a digital photo of their work done on paper) and then write about. That’s it. We always want our students to talk about, and talk through, their math problem solving. This is a great way to have students show their learning, and have other students provide feedback and further comments.
If you’re a math teacher, this is definitely worth consideration for use with your math students when we return to school in the fall. If you have tried this before and can share your experience, or if you have anything else to add, feel free to comment.