About a month ago, a Dan Meyer post rolled across Feedly that intrigued me greatly. The post was entitled “Explore the Math/Twitter Blogosphere.” I had been reading things about the MTBoS lately, good and bad, but didn’t know enough to have any opinion. So, what better thing to do than to explore the MTBoS through “eight weeks of fun missions and prompts.”
My first prompt is:
- What is one thing that happens in your classroom that makes it distinctly yours? It can be something you do that is unique in your school… It can be something more amorphous… However you want to interpret the question! Whatever!
There are some different things I am trying this year in my classroom. For example, the idea of “flipping,” cooperative learning, inquiry-based learning, and Common Core just to name a few. But the one unique thing about me that I am most proud of is doing this right here. I love writing about teaching. I look forward to any chance I get to reflect and discuss with other teachers from all over. As far as I know, I am the only teacher in my building, and possibly my district, that frequently writes blog posts. Sometimes I write about what is going on in my class, something new I’ve learned through Common Core, or something I’m just having an opinion on at the time. I enjoy participating in Twitter chats and discussing posts on Google+. While every other person I know is watching “Breaking Bad” or the newest movie or TV show, I’m reading about teaching or participating in a teaching chat or reading a book about teaching. If I were to be completely honest with you, I can’t get enough of it.
So, for my first “Exploring the MTBoS” mission about what makes me unique, I’m doing the very thing that makes me unique. I’m taking part in a huge online group, discussing what I do and what others do, hoping to be a better teacher when I’m finished.