Have you recently started poking around the internet to find some great teaching inspiration? Have you pinned everything in sight and still want more?

Earlier this week, a few hundred math teachers kicked off an initiative to showcase all aspects of what you can gain by reading blogs and participating on Twitter. Participants will be taking part in missions to help start up a new blog, reinvigorate an old one, and most importantly, interact with great teachers. Even if you don't think you have the time to participate, reading the posts of people that are will certainly give an inspiring idea or three. Mission 1 submissions have started to trickle in at Exploring the MathTwitterBlogosphere. Last summer I got at least a dozen great ideas from the first iteration.

Interested in starting a website? The most important advice I've heard no matter the type of site is to write what YOU would like to read. I write up lessons with pictures of real kids doing them with the real results because that's what I started looking for on the internet. I write up wild ways to use iPads because I'm not happy with what general edtech thinking has to offer. Are you proud of a foldable you made? Write about it. Show us how to replicate it. Did a student leave a funny picture on a test? Write about it. Write for you. See where it takes you. If you were the only person who ever reads your website, what would you like to see?

My Mission 1 Submission: 

Grouping makes my classroom unique. I structure almost everything I do in Pre Cal around table groups. I spend a really long time tailor making each groups to build a sense of community and get students interacting with more people than just their friends. 

Groups make projects together: 


Groups tackle puzzles together: 


And play the dumbest games together: 


Handling 30 individual kids in a room can be a challenge. Handling small pods of 5 is a pleasure.

AuthorJonathan Claydon