Don’t worry if time has been your enemy and you have not been able to complete (or even participate in) the first three missions. Please jump in anytime! The goal of the Explore the MathTwitterBlogosphere is to introduce teachers to everything this vast community has to offer.
Hello all! It’s Julie Reulbach, and I’m so excited to share Mission #4 with you – Listen and Learn!
In the first few missions we connected through the written word via blogs and twitter. But for this mission, we are going to listen and learn, with a Global Math Department Webinar and an Infinite Tangents Podcast!
Below I’m going to explain what the Global Math Department and Infinite Tangents Podcast are all about. Then when you’re interested is piqued, I’ll introduce the actual mission at the bottom. And for a cherry on top, we have a bonus mission for you…if you choose to accept it.
The Global Math Department:
One of the most amazing things about this community is what we produce together. And, like Twitter Math Camp, Global Math is produced by teachers, for teachers. Global Math was started by Megan Hayes-Golding, @mgolding, and is now hosted by Chris Robinson, @absvalteaching. Megan, who is also a science teacher, had attended Global Physics Department webinars. After attending Twitter Math Camp 2012 (#TMC12) in Saint Louis, she was inspired to develop a similar venue for math teachers.
The majority of the #TMC12 participants had read each others blogs and interacted on twitter. We felt we “knew” each other before we even arrived. However, hearing these dynamic teachers present brought the lessons they had blogged about to life! It made us all want to hear more. Thus, in August 2012, the Global Math Department was born.
“We are math teachers who share what we’ve learned, cause we don’t want our classes to suck the energy from students. Professional development among friends, not just colleagues. Fun! Immediately useful! Interesting!”
– Global Math Department
Global Math is held every Tuesday evening at 9:00PM ET. Educators (mostly classroom teachers) present on different subjects each week ranging from interactive notebooks to rich tasks. What’s awesome is that it’s for us, by us. Professional development based around what we care about! Just LOOK at some of the most recent presentations!
Global Math: Autumn Special, An International Event
On November 2nd, the Global Math Department is having an “Autumn Special”. In order to better reach and serve our international members, Nik Doran, from the UK, is hosting an international Global Math Department event this Saturday, November 2nd at 9pm GMT (5pm EDT, 2pm PDT). It’s called the Global Math Autumn Special. Please visit his blog to read about all of the details of the event.
Don’t worry if you are not able to attend Global Math Department gathering live, as you can still view the event after the fact! One of the best things about Global Math is that every webinar is recorded! Currently, there are over 60 webinars recorded that you can watch!
Overwhelmed by choice (or, no time to peruse and chose)? Here are some Global Math Presentations that you may enjoy watching.
- My Favorites – Problem Based Lessons and Tasks
- Instructional Practices for Mathematics with Steve Leinwand
- Twitter Math Camp: Session Recaps
- Exam Review that Doesn’t Suck
- Interactive Notebook Ideas
- Math Games
- They Noticed, They Wondered, Now What? with Max from Math Forum
Infinite Tangents Podcast: A Mathematics Education Podcast for Teachers
Ashli Black, @mythagon, is the creator of Infinite Tangents, #8Tangents.
“Tangents started due to one simple reason: I love listening to people talk math education. Sharing favorite practices and discussing teaching philosophies with others makes me a better teacher. As 2013 started shaping up to be a year of travel, I decided it was the perfect opportunity to capture these conversations and put them out there for others to listen to.
Infinite Tangents is about the voices in education that can too often be drowned out by politics and policy-chat. This podcast is about the work teachers do daily to make their classrooms places where children can thrive. Episodes focus on happenings in the classroom, teachers reflecting on their practice, and other stories from the front lines. Here are the top three downloaded interviews:
The episode that started it all: @mathymcmatherso
Our Lady of Zen Teaching: @cheesemonkeysf
Math Forum superhero, author, and all-around cool guy: @maxmathforum
Tangents is currently publishing twice a month as I found producing weekly episodes is way more work then I can handle on top of my actual job. Interview episodes are around the 45 minute mark and I’ve broken many into two parts so as not to lose anything I found to be awesome. If there is anyone you would like to hear interviewed or you have questions for the interviewees from specific episodes, head over to tangentspodcast.com and leave a comment! Thanks for listening, and I hope you make a great week for yourself listening and learning about the MTBoS.” - Ashli
** Bonus Assignment: Participate in Twittereen!
I know you all are all overachievers, and love a good bonus assignment!
Twittereen is an epic costume party, where you can “dress up” your avatar as someone else on Twitter! Please visit Megan’s blog to learn all about it! The results are always hilarious! Twittereen is so epic that we even had a special Global Math Twittereen Webinar devoted to it last year! Even if you can’t participate this year, please join in the fun and follow the #twittereen hashtag!
@jreulbach dressed as @mgolding
@j_lanier dressed as @natbanting
@mrpicc112 dressed as @approx_normal
Your mission for this week:
You should pick one event to watch/listen, either Global Math or Infinite Tangents. Or you can do both! We won’t stop you!
- Attend the Global Math Autumn Special Event this Saturday, November 2nd at 9pm GMT (5pm EDT, 2pm PDT). Global Math Autumn Special. I recommend RSVPing to this event because when you register, Big Marker will send you an email reminder. If you can’t make it to the live event, watch a previous webinar.
- Listen to any Infinite Tangents Podcast and then leave a comment on the Infinite Tangents website.
- Write a blog post reflecting on your “Listen and Learn” experience. Please include if you were able to attend the event live, or watched a recording (or podcast) instead.
- Tweet out your blog post. You might use @GlobalMath or @mythagon depending on which you wrote about. Include the #MTBoS and/or #GlobalMathDept or #8tangents hashtag.
- Include your blogpost in the comments here and then read and comment on the blog posts of the three commenters directly above you. Be sure that you are commenting on their blog and not here.