April might be the cruelest month, and students might think September is (so long, summer...), but for me it's been a non-stop bonanza of ideas, resources, and connections. On any given day, my browser has 10 tabs open (or more) because I have come across must-have, must-try mathematical and/or classroom gems that I still need to pore through, tag, file in Evernote, or print.
When I sat down to write this post, I flipped through my blog feed and instantly found even more goodies. This is what I'm looking at now, and what I recommend you take a look at as well.
For math-y fun, try Christian Perfect's 30 second arithmetic challenge
, which I found on theAperiodical
. Trust me, you'll be addicted. This is the first time I've across this blog, which definitely bears more exploration, but for those of us and our students who love to mess with numbers in our heads, the 30-second challenge is great fun. By the way, I found my way to this blog via theResourceaholic
, who posts weekly recommendations of - you guessed it - resources; if you aren't subscribed to this site already, you should be. Right now.
This retweet came through my twitter feed just a little while ago, so I went over to Rachel Fruin's blog,Classroom Fruition
, to see how she was incorporating a Ted Talk into her math classroom. Rachel reflects thoughtfully and articulately on the activities she uses in her high school classroom, and as evidenced by her use of the Ted Talk, is creative in find ways to engage her students in problem solving. Definitely a blog to keep my eye on.
Finally, I highly suggest you subscribe to Lisa Winer's
blogs, Eat Play Math
(co-written with Carolina Seiden
). Lisa shares widely and specifically classroom tech strategies and tools, complete with inspiring examples, easy to follow instructions, and compelling enthusiasm. It's great to hear about new ideas, but even better to have someone talk you through an implementation strategy.
I could keep going - my browser now has even more tabs open (the more OCD members of my family are quite horrified, in fact). But I promise you, if you just dip your toe into the resources I have mentioned, I am certain you will be off on a treasure hunt of your own.