finding an education blog that’s relevant to what I would like to do in my career was a harrowing task; more-so than I anticipated

I decided to start my search with google; hoping that I would find a starting point. However a few pages into my search of “math education blogs” made me quickly realize that I needed to revamp my keywords. I tried adding the name of some popular blog sites (like wordpress), as well as changing “education” to teacher. At that point I realized after clicking links that looked interesting, and clicking links on some blogs that I checked out, I had way too many tabs open. After going through and closing a* lot* of tabs, I found a great list of “top math blogs.”

There I clicked through, and all of them seemed like great blogs with interesting ideas and discussions. I particularly liked one post about making a human box and whisker plot.

I never considered doing something like this. I know that students learn better w(hen they are actively involved in the lessons. It also talked about ways to improve the lesson. In addition I was pleased to see another comment describing how she did the same project, in a slightly different way. From that post I clicked on the blogs that commented. And sure enough I found many more blogs that were interesting in different and creative math lessons. (Which led to more tabs, but this time they were all filled with blogs I connected with.)

Howdy Nat,

Its funny we can never really find what we’re looking for. I was searching for physical educators and the first teacher I found who interested me was a math teacher. Anyhow, the human box and whisker plot is pretty nifty. The teacher/speaker you found sure enough can change math for everyone!

-Rey Awesome

Isn’t it amazing how educators share their ideas with others through blogs. I for one have taken the initiative to save many, many links in my computer, sounds odd, but these are things that have caught my attention and I will use in my future classroom. Amazing article, the teacher moved out students from passive learners to active learners.

Hey Nat,

I love Google to do searches but I can relate when it comes to searching for things that are more specific, it seems like trying to find a needle in a haystack, lol.

How did this blog help you relate to your career path? Do you see yourself utilizing what you found in your future classroom?

Just like in the blog I found on lesson plans, I feel that the teacher has to be creative and put much thought into each lesson plan to keep the students focused and involved.

I think this is a wonderful idea Nathalie. Us future teachers need to involve students in the lesson in various ways because lessons can become rather boring quickly (especially math lol). So I think it is great that you are researching ways to actively include students in a lesson. It is an effective way of teaching.

Hey, its good to know you found a lot of things that will benefit you as a future educator. Though it took awhile, it was worth searching for because you found a load of fresh information. I think its cool the way this blog presented math as fun, I believe if teachers make math this exciting more often math would not be a problem. Honestly, I have learned that math is not hard, its just the way that it is presented by some teachers and even professors affects how we as students perceive math to be, these were really fun exciting activities. I also see like everything else especially the profession of a teacher, you have to have a passion for it. Otherwise it just becomes boring and systematic, in which i see a lot in teachers who teach math, good to know that you’re going to make a difference in that area because you have a passion for it whoo!!

I Speak Math seems like a pretty active blogger, great find and good job slogging through “the google.” You should look through the comments as you did for that post and click and see if they are hosting blogs as well. Also Julie is pretty active on Twitter. Look through her Tweets and see what kinds of resources she shares, or topics of interest (hashtags) she’s presenting. Also, look at her followers and who she follows. There could be a lot of good people in there.

Hey Nathalie, So glad you were able to find not only new connections, but most importantly material that can be useful to your field and students. I have to commend on focusing on your approach on teaching math. If only all math teachers I had throughout my earlier years would have made it fun, perhaps I would have had a stronger algerbra base when I reached college. I made it through all my requirements, but with lots of hard work and very long hours, lots of tutoring all the way to Calculus II.

I too, had a very difficult time with my search. It