Week 1 of the 2016 Blogging Initiative!

Welcome to the new year! I’m guessing that winter break feels like a distant memory… and we’re back in the swing of things. Refreshed! (Maybe.) And if you’re anything like me, you’re already waiting for Spring Break! Wooo hooo!

Right now we’re going to start the blogging part of the #MTBoS blogging initiative! For those who are new-ish to blogging, don’t worry… We have a gentle introduction which only asks you to write four easy blogposts, one a week. What’s great about this is that we’ll be doing this together! For those who are more experience with blogging, this is going to be an opportunity for you to blog in a community effort! And if you are a #MTBoS mentor for someone with a new blog, you can help ’em dip their toes in and see hey, it’s not scary! It can actually be fun!

With that, our week one blogging challenge:

We often get caught up in our day teaching, and often don’t take the time to be in the present. So we have two options that with that goal in mind. Choose whichever floats your boat and blog about it!

Option 1: We rarely take the time to stop and smell the roses. Even on the most disastrous of days, good things happen. And these good things, when you’re on the lookout for them, pop up. All. The. Time. So for one day (heck, do it for many days), keep a lookout for the small good moments during your day and blog about them. We bet that by keeping an eye out for the good, your whole day will be even better!

Option 2: A few years ago, some people in the #MTBoS wanted to share what their teaching lives were like. Partly because we all work in different schools, and so we wanted to get a glimpse of our friends-in-action. At the same time, we also wanted to battle against the idea that teaching is easy. We wanted to share what it is like to be a teacher with non-teachers! So we all blogged about a single day of teaching — from start to finish. So for the first week of the blogging initiative, we thought you blogging about a day in your lives would be a great way to start getting to know each other!

There you go! You have two options. Your blogpost can be as long or short as you want. However we’d love it if in your blogpost you could include at least one image/picture to make it more fun to read! It can be of you, of your good things, you documenting your day, whatever!

Deadline: Press submit by the end of the day Saturday, January 16, 2016.

If you’d like a little graphic to include in your post, here are some little whatchamacallits we made:

When you’ve written and published your blogpost:

  1. Tweet out the link to your blogpost with a short description, and include the #MTBoS hashtag.
  2. If you’re a mentee, email your mentor the link! And if you’re a mentor, read and comment on your mentee’s post!
  3. In the comments to this blogpost here, throw down the link to your blogpost and a short teaser.
  4. Look at the three comments that are listed above your comment. Click on those three links, read the three blogposts, and talk to the authors by leaving a comment on their blogposts (not here).

Lastly, the #MTBoS can be a lot of information. So many blogs to read, not enough time! So we highly recommend signing up for the Global Math Department newsletter (click here to do so! see a sample here! here’s the GMD webpage!). Once a week, someone in the #MTBoS looks through what the community has produced, and shares some of their favorite things.

And that’s all!

Our second week’s blogging prompt will go up next week!

PS. If you enjoyed doing option 1, the #MTBoS has a place where you can share your one good thing. Check out the blog; we’d love for you to consider becoming a regular or semi-regular contributor (there is a link at the top of the blog with information on how to add yourself to the blog). If you enjoyed doing option 2, and want to include your blogpost in an archive of many other “day in the life” posts by math educators, please consider submitting your blogpost to the DITL tumblr (site here; submission form here).



110 thoughts on “Week 1 of the 2016 Blogging Initiative!

  1. It took two tries, but I finally finished my Day in the Life of ME blog post. I started on Tuesday, but it was a snow day. (Not really a day to write about the teacher life.) 🙂 Here is it! http://taramaynard.weebly.com/blog/a-day-in-the-life-of-me

  2. https://chadtlowermath.wordpress.com/2016/01/15/one-good-thing/
    This week was Spirit Week, so lots of good things that I could have picked. I have pictures of two days I participated and related it to creating a relationship with students.

  3. A day in the life of a Ph.D. candidate. I’m counting the day as a win, and trying to overlook the absence of human interaction or even leaving my apartment. I suggest readers do the same.

  4. I blogged about a day in the life of an 8th grade math teacher. I didn’t give time stamps like others but gave more details than I usually do…

    Highlights: subbed during my prep and launched the class with a dot talk. Estimated Martin Luther King Jr statue height with me standing in front of it, and instead of doing a dry lesson on quadratic regression, students worked on Penny Circle, a desmos lesson by dan meyer.

    I commented on Julie Finneyfrock (sp) and Annie’s blog so far, they inspired me to add the link and read up about the initiative.


  5. I blogged about A Day In The Life…of Google Classroom.
    Why do we use Google Classroom or what is Google Classroom?! Read to find out!

  6. The glow of One Good Thing is still with me. One of my students feels much better about math! http://17goldenfish.com/2016/01/16/2016-mtbos-blogging-initiative-the-one-good-thing-glow/

  7. I chose “A Day in the Life!” It was kind of cool for my family to see it and get a better sense of what I do everyday! Loving the prompts!


  8. “One Good Thing” is that I learn so much from my students! http://mathmingle.wordpress.com/

  9. (At Least) One Good Thing: https://primemathblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/15/at-least-one-good-thing/ Finding the positives in the midst of craziness!

  10. One good thing a day — and some days are more than just good!

  11. One good day: discovering relations between graphs and formulas in cartesian plane http://somenxavier.xyz/posts/MTBoS-week1/

  12. Week 1 complete: posted about one day.


  13. My list of good things – how I keep a positive outlook.

  14. One Good Thing (about begrudgingly letting kids run with an idea even though it is not math): http://forbetterproblems.blogspot.com/

  15. First blogging challenge DONE! Read about my One Good Thing– a celebration of the joy of teaching teachers at http://www.therouttymathteacher.com/2016/01/one-good-thing.html. Happy Reading!

  16. A highlight of the week, fromy further maths lesson on Conic Sections: http://wp.me/p2z9Lp-yW

  17. Volume and Surface Area. Thinking out side the box and can… with a little enthusiasm from the kids. Love it! http://wp.me/p40mpQ-1I

  18. A day in the life of a 6th grade math teacher from Kodiak, Alaska! https://wordpress.com/post/ottographblog.wordpress.com/7

  19. Crazy week and a little illness means it’s Saturday night before I get my Day in the Life published. https://riverdriver.wordpress.com/2016/01/16/a-day-in-the-life-2/

  20. Taking time to reflect on some of the good things I have going for me at my job — it was really interesting how much better I felt after really thinking about the good stuff!

  21. Just finished my one good thing post. First blog post ever! https://mylifeasmissblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/17/5/

  22. A Day in the Life of a Math Sub.

  23. I blogged about A Day in the Life of an Instructional Coach. Quick read with links to Desmos activities that were used. Enjoy! http://jennvadnais.com/2016/01/16/a-day-in-the-life-of-an-instructional-coach/

  24. One good thing: Why I love teaching Complex Numbers. With video and smartboard screenshots!

  25. A Day in the Life http://wp.me/p75A64-1i It was quite a busy day of teaching, TOSAing and tutoring

  26. I’m late, but here’s my assignment for the week. Scrappy underdogs with 0 subs vs. league champions with 7 subs. How will it end?!


  27. It was a busy week, but I managed to post this last night. I was typing madly away between serving hamburgers and pizza at the basketball games to finish it.

  28. So glad I’m not the only one late to this! An A day and a B day for a high school math teacher: https://laviemathematique.wordpress.com/2016/01/17/day-in-the-life-of-me/

  29. I’m late posting – still read about the Life of a Math Interventionist at http://inspiredinterventionist. Would love it if you would follow my blog! THANKS!

  30. Late to the party as always!! One wee duck’s waddle through one wee day… http://wp.me/p40fOj-zT

  31. A day in the life as a mathematics coordiinator…I cannot believe I get paid to do this. http://timsmccaffrey.com/2016/01/a-day-in-the-life-as-a-mathematics-coordinator/

  32. Many good things over the past week or so – none of which was time to blog!

  33. Better late than never, I suppose! Here you go…no such thing as one good thing.

  34. I’m with you aminuteinsecond! Better late than never. One good thing entry: http://alturl.com/ntr86

  35. Better late than never: https://perpendiculr.wordpress.com/2016/01/18/a-day-in-the-life/

    Read more to find out if my door has a doorknob.

  36. I’ll take the late penalty for missing yesterday’s deadline…I’m just glad that I spent the time to finish.

  37. “I immediately get bombarded with demands to know how many jelly beans are in the container. I refuse to tell them.” Read about our day exploring Absolute Value Functions!


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