The Great Blog Exchange

All Your Blogs Are Belong To Us

Strange as it may seem, the impending death of Google Reader has me on the hunt for more great blogs. I know I could go to a few of my favorite blogs, check out their blogrolls, and go from there. But personal recommendations feel so much more… personal.

With that in mind, I hereby announce the inaugural edition of The Great Blog Exchange.

From Me To You

My favorite three blogs Three Four of my favorite blogs are:

  • http://blog.mrmeyer.com/
    Not exactly a hidden gem, but prior to finding Dan’s site I didn’t know there was such a thing as a math blog. Great place to start, continues to inspire and challenge.
  • http://mathymcmatherson.wordpress.com/
    I’ve been thinking about assessment lately, and so has Daniel Schneider. Only, his thoughts (and performance assessments) are miles ahead of mine. Good reading!
  • http://christopherdanielson.wordpress.com/
    If there was nothing else on Christopher’s blog besides the conversations with his kids, it would still be one of my favorite blogs. (P.S. There is much, much more.)
  • http://onegoodthingteach.wordpress.com/
    Had a tough month teaching? Me too. Reading One Good Thing is like group blogging therapy. Three posts and you’ll feel better already. I promise. (And if you start looking at each day through the lens of what you might post as a guest-blogger, you’ll feel even better.)

From You To Everyone

Ready to play along? Leave a comment with your favorite one, two, or three math/science/tech education blogs. Add a (brief) note about why you like each one, or just do a drive-by link drop.

P.S. Feel free to share old blogs, new blogs, famous blogs, or hidden gems. If no one shares this or this because they’re not obscure enough to mention, then we’ve collectively missed the point. Let’s share it all, and help newbies like me get to 100 amazing feeds in our soon-to-be-dead Reader lists. (Don’t worry, I’ll have an exit strategy soon too.)

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12 comments

  1. Three of my favourites not listed (yet) on your blogroll or mentioned above:

    http://emergentmath.com/ I love reading Geoff’s thoughts on PBL, both problem and project. Plus, he just makes me laugh. Check this out: http://emergentmath.com/2012/08/28/we-must-get-rid-of-algebra-because-roger-c-schank-cant-behave-at-parties-knows-weird-mathematicians/

    http://www.doingmathematics.com/ Love Bryan’s Habits of a Mathematician posts. Relates to the mathematical processes found in my curriculum. His portfolio assessment system helps keep these in the foreground.

    http://pabrandt06.blogspot.com/ I enjoy reading Patrick’s reflections on his move towards a more student directed curriculum.

    PS – I think you’ll appreciate this from Geoff: http://emergentmath.com/math-blogging-retrospectus-2012/

  2. Have to shout out to Sam Shah (samjshah.com)
    Dan Goldner’s work at Written in Pencil is fantastic (dangoldner.wordpress.com)

    Those two jump out at me right now

  3. 1- Fawn Nguyen
    http://fawnnguyen.com/ I enjoy reading posts that recreate the classroom experience as if you were there. Fawn captures the energy of her classroom, delivers stellar lessons, represents exemplar student work, and adds hilarious commentary along the way. Top ingredients for a math blog. Plus, I steal many of her lessons and ideas. Shhhhh, don’t tell her.
    2- Hedge (Shauna)
    http://approximatelynormalstats.blogspot.com/ She doesn’t post enough. Hear me, Hedge? When she does, it’s an instant read. This is another blog that puts the reader in the moment. I know my mind doesn’t wander off as much as hers (but it’s close), but I can relate to thoughts that turn into other thoughts, easily leaving behind your original thought. Content and real situations are very strong here.
    3- Shawn Cornally
    http://shawncornally.com/wordpress/ I’d hate to see my time clocked at Shawn’s website last summer, reading all of his SBG thoughts, ideas, and practices. SBG has revolutionized my classroom, the way students learn, the way I assess, and practically any square inch of my classroom environment. It’s a great place to start your adventure into SBG land. Plus, he’s funny. I love comic relief, especially in math.
    *For the record, Dan Meyer and Christopher Danielson would be on this list. Thanks Michael for starting this!

  4. Hey, cool post Michael.
    Many of the blogs I follow are already mentioned but a couple more are Bowen Kerins who blogs at http://patternsinpractice.wordpress.com he also has the best pinball tutorials at pinball.org. He gave a presentation on game shows in math last year at NCTM filled with lots of good stuff.

    I’ve also gotten great stuff from Kate Nowak’s blog at http://function-of-time.blogspot.in her speed dating lesson is a winner get to that here: http://function-of-time.blogspot.in/2009/10/speed-dating.html

    I have been trying to blog as well. I’m at crispymath.com I think my best post so far is about a review game I have been working on called danger cards. A direct link to that one is https://jason-roy.squarespace.com/news/dangercards

  5. I’m excited to find some new blogs here!!! I don’t really have favorites, not in any meaningful sense of the word. However, I do “star” individual blogposts in my GReader when I think they can provide me with something concretely useful in the classroom (a lesson, an approach, an activity, a trick of the trade). I’m all about the concrete. So I’m going to just list a few from my GReader which have been heavily starred recently but might not be read by everyone (yet)…

    Mathy McMatherson: http://mathymcmatherson.wordpress.com/
    Bob Lochel: http://mathcoachblog.wordpress.com/
    Sarah: http://everybodyisageniusblog.blogspot.com/
    Mylene: http://shiftingphases.com/
    Thaddeus Wert: http://fractad.wordpress.com/

    There are a lot of new people I’ve been talking with on Twitter that I haven’t yet found their blog/added it to my reader. Bad, Sam! Bad!

  6. Blogs I MUST read when they come out with a new post –

    Mathy McMatherson (yes, I know he’s already been mentioned several times, but he is a must read for me).
    Kristen Fouss: http://kfouss.blogspot.com/ She just resonates with me – she and I teach in the same state and sometimes we are just in the same place mentally.
    Amy Gruen: http://squarerootofnegativeoneteachmath.blogspot.com/ I can always find good stuff from her, even though she hasn’t posted much as of late. Another I am in the same place mentally at times.
    Amber Caldwell: http://ambercaldwell.wordpress.com/ She has some great stuff and has been doing more with Common Core.
    Kim Hughey: http://mathtalesfromthespring.blogspot.com/ Another one like Amy Gruen who has some really great stuff.
    –Lisa

  7. I can’t pick favorites or must-reads from 220+ blogs that I subscribe to. When a teacher takes the time to write something, no matter what it is, he/she opens a small window for us to peek into their classroom, into their home, into their hearts — I just feel privileged that I’m invited to look in, at a time that’s convenient for me 🙂

    But here are the ones from top of my head right now that are not on your blogroll or mentioned in comments:
    1) Chris Hunter: http://reflectionsinthewhy.wordpress.com/
    2) Jonathan Newman: http://hilbertshotel.wordpress.com/
    3) Nico Rowinsky: http://ynaughtmath.blogspot.com/
    4) Mike Thayer: http://hyperbolicguitars.blogspot.com/
    5) Matt Vaudrey: http://mrvaudrey.com/
    6) Chris Robinson: http://blog.constructingmath.net/
    7) Timon Piccini: http://mrpiccmath.weebly.com/
    8) Julie Reulbach: http://ispeakmath.wordpress.com/
    9) Tom Ward: http://mrwardteaches.wordpress.com/

  8. Here are a few that have not yet been mentioned that have been helpful for me starting out:

    Math Munch (http://mathmunch.wordpress.com/). If my kids felt that math was half as awesome as I feel every time I read an update, I would be happy.

    I Hope This Old Train Breaks Down… (http://untilnextstop.blogspot.com/). Just always really concrete and thoughtful in a way that’s been helpful for me as a first year teacher thinking about specific lessons/units.

    Mr. Honner (http://mrhonner.com/) Cool math photos and a great collection of posts on mathematical writing.

    Point of Inflection (http://larkolicio.us/blog/). In addition to writing the assessment software that made it much more feasible for me to do SBG from day one of year one, Riley Lark is up there with Dan Meyer in terms of helping me think about how I want my classroom to be a place where math is concrete (not to be conflated with applied).

    I’d be interested to hear which particular blogs anyone found more helpful as they moved through different phases in their teaching. I know that even from student teaching to beginning of year one to now my reading habits have changed along with what I look for.

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