## “My Favorite”

Welcome to week 2 of the blogging initiative! Hopefully you were able to post last week and enjoyed the challenge! But even if life caught up with you last week and you did not have the opportunity to blog, you can still blog this week! Every week is a new opportunity.

Be sure to read the comments on each of the previous challenges so you can discover other new bloggers. Also, visit the One Good Thing blog and the DITL (Day In The Life) Tumblr site when you get a chance as new contributors are always welcome.

Our week two blogging challenge is to simply blog about one of your favorite things. Called a “My Favorite,” it can be something that makes teaching a specific math topic work really well. It does not have to be a lesson, but can be anything in teaching that you love! It can also be something that you have blogged or tweeted about before. Some ideas of favorites that have been shared are:

- A lesson (or part of one) that went great
- A game your students love to play
- A fun and/or effective way to practice facts
- A website or app you love to use in class
- An organizational trick or tip that has been life changing
- A product that you use in your classroom that you can’t live without!

Also, in two weeks, you will blog about a lesson that you have taught so it would be great to start thinking about a lesson you would like to share. It does not have to be an original lesson (as we do so much sharing here in the #MTBoS). It can even be a lesson that you found on a blog and decided to try out for yourself!

**Deadline: Press submit by the end of the day Saturday, January 23, 2016.**

If you’d like a little graphic to include in your post, here is a little whatchamacallit we made:

When you’ve written and published your blogpost:

- Tweet out the link to your blogpost with a short description, and include the #MTBoS hashtag.
- If you’re a mentee, email your mentor the link! And if you’re a mentor, read and comment on your mentee’s post!
- In the comments to
*this blogpost here*, throw down the link to your blogpost and a short teaser. - 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.

Here’s my post for week two: My Favorite Course: Calculus I give lots of reasons why, and a lovely worksheet I’m eager to try out in a few weeks.

3 of my favs: my favorite way to stay organized, my favorite part of a math lesson, and my favorite part of teaching https://theinfinitelee.wordpress.com/

Here’s my go at sharing about a review and practice game that worked for us this week… We’re wishing for snow, but it’s NOT happening anytime soon where we live…so thought I’d bring the snow into the room. Turned out pretty fun and helpful! http://swampfrogfirstgraders.blogspot.com/2016/01/snowball-toss-and-compare.html

Last year I did a post about my favorite review game. https://cindyflim.wordpress.com/2014/09/17/favorite-game/

Here is my favourite part of maths – https://fractionfanatic.wordpress.com/2016/01/17/my-favourite-fractions/ read about why I love fractions and a few of my favourite tasks

My favorite was using a cool interactive website on constructions! Students loved it and so did I!

https://goo.gl/XAQfRx

My favorite for the week is Delta Math, a free online math practice program with problems ranging from middle school to pre-calculus. http://ispeakmath.org/2016/01/17/my-favorite-delta-math/

My favorite for the week is using mailing labels for something other than addresses. https://mathisajourney.wordpress.com/

My Favorites – High 5s and Music Fridays! https://riverdriver.wordpress.com/2016/01/17/my-favorites-high-5s-and-music-fridays/

My favorite math activity – Number Talks! Pure magic!

http://wp.me/p75zqr-3Y

My favorite way to get to know my students: weekly high, low, and prayer request:

https://ritsemamath.wordpress.com/2016/01/18/my-favorite-way-to-get-to-know-my-students/

My favorite website – Thinking Blocks Modeling Tool: http://alturl.com/guye3

Joanne, maybe it’s just me, but I can’t figure out where to comment on your blog. sbv

I don’t think your link points where you meant it to… Is this the one you meant? http://www.mathplayground.com/tb_addition/thinking_blocks_addition_subtraction.html

My Favorite – Linear Regression w/ Movie Data (w/ an assist from Desmos & Yummy Math)!

http://markkreie.blogspot.com/

Here is my Pi Day Challenge that I make up for the entire school to work in groups during homeroom–top 5 groups gets bagels! It promotes math, logic, and camaraderie! http://eatplaymath.blogspot.com/2016/01/my-favorites-mtbos-week-2-pi-day.html?m=1

Warm up your singing voice before you dig in to this one!

https://vlogakavaughnlog.wordpress.com/2016/01/18/favorite-things-2016/

My favorite things: 2 puzzle games for math facts and persistence plus my most requested on-line game teaches 4-quadrant graphing. https://wordpress.com/read/post/feed/42098429/904690349

Mim_@Mim_IL Wk 2 Favorites: Desmos and an active geometry activity

https://mimsreflections.wordpress.com/2016/01/18/my-favorite-desmos/

My favorite app! Explain Everything 🙂 Best app for math teachers (and all teachers for that matter) Well, that’s my opinion 🙂 https://jenniferbaselice.wordpress.com/2016/01/18/my-favorite-mtbos-blogging-initiative/

Here are some simple favorite things I use during the assessment and review process

https://noeasyanswersblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/18/favorite-things-quizzing-and-reviewing/

My favorite review game- Trashketball. https://clevelandinrichmond.wordpress.com/2016/01/18/my-favorite-review-game/

My favorite – watching problem solving ideas develop

https://mikesmathpage.wordpress.com/2016/01/18/my-favorite-watching-problem-solving-ideas-develop/

My Favorite – the app Paper by Fifty Three! https://agreaterimpact.wordpress.com/2016/01/18/my-favorite/

My favorite new way to help struggling students graph linear equations

http://mathequalslove.blogspot.com/2016/01/my-favorite-coordinate-plane-geoboards.html

These are a few of my favorite things: Plickers, C-Line ticket holders, and Add ’em Up Review Activity https://mskhatri.wordpress.com/2016/01/22/these-are-a-few-of-my-favorite-things/

My favorite Math HW site and first real blog post. A little late to the party but hopefully a helpful addition 🙂 https://trythisangle.wordpress.com/2016/01/20/my-favorite-new-tool-deltamath-com/

An absolute favorite of mine, for our 8th graders, is STATIONS! Stations are not only for elementary students. Middle school students need to move around and get the wiggles out too! Check out pictures and ideas for things you can do at different stations here: http://goo.gl/bRegdu

http://strongermath.blogspot.com/

Not rocket science, but how I try to stay organized when I have a daunting list of tasks….

My favorite review game is Relays! Students solve a problem at a time individually, but the whole team has to finish the handout first. It makes for a short and quick review game that students like because it’s competitive without being hard or without having one person dominate.

http://jessicateaches.weebly.com/blog/mtbos-blogging-initiative-2

My favourite: Getting Students Talking to Each Other about Math:

http://learn-always.com/2016/01/20/my-favourite-getting-students-talking-to-each-other-about-math-mtbos/

My favorite: ‘MY JOB’ https://teachmrlove.wordpress.com/2016/01/20/my-favorite/

My favorite is using Instagram as an educational tool!!! In and out of the classroom!

https://designatedderiver.wordpress.com/2016/01/20/my-favorite-instagram/

My favorite apps and ONE organizational tip I stick with!

http://mathmilla.blogspot.com/2016/01/my-favorite-things.html

My favorite game to play as a sub! (Warning — this post is a bit long at I describe the game, then give examples of when I played it.)

Here is this week’s entry.

http://mathdame.blogspot.com

At first I wasn’t sure what I was going to write about this week, but as I walked into Target this evening and saw all of the Valentine’s Day store decorations, it hit me!

https://bstockus.wordpress.com/2016/01/20/my-favorite-holidays-at-target/

For Week 2 of the MTBoS Blogging Initiation, I’ve decided to write about my favorite tweets. Or more accurately, tweets that I have favorited and quickly forgotten.

https://growingexponentially.wordpress.com/2016/01/21/favorited-tweets-3/

My favorite review game is BINGO! It keeps the students engaged and excited!

https://trustyourselfmath.wordpress.com/2016/01/19/bingo-review/

https://chadtlowermath.wordpress.com/2016/01/21/my-favorite/

What is more fun than learning math? Learning about how we learn Math! I love the MOOC “How to Learn Math” created by Dr. Jo Boaler. Click to learn all about it.

http://www.appetite-for-instruction.com/my-favorite-trig-tale/

Trig fairy tales – fun and creativity in math!

It took me a while to get to this, but I’ve posted about my favorite…student self discovery! https://verticalasymptote.wordpress.com/2016/01/22/my-favorite/

My Favorite part of being an Instructional Coach is having the ability to see great lessons!

https://numbersenseandproblemsolving.wordpress.com/2016/01/22/one-good-thing/

My Favorite: Converse of the Pythagorean Theorem by using foldable and sorting activity (all in one!)

http://newellssecondarymath.blogspot.com/2016/01/my-favorite-converse-of-pythagorean_22.html?m=1

I simply remember my favourite things, and then I don’t feel so bad http://mathszest.com/2016/01/22/my-favourite/

This is probably everyone’s favorite, but it’s become so essential to my class, I just had to include it: Desmos!!

https://hilbertshotel.wordpress.com/2016/01/17/2016-blogging-initiative-week-two-my-favorite-desmos/

My Favorites: Online Grading and Individual/Group Dry-Erase Boards

https://missgmathclass.wordpress.com/2016/01/23/blogging-initiative-week-2-my-favorite/

My favorite classroom management technique: Shots.

https://generatingfunctions.wordpress.com/2016/01/22/shots/

Why I love scavenger hunts as a review activity: http://teachesandeatspi.blogspot.com/2016/01/scavenging-for-my-favorite.html

My favourite starter – more than just a quick game:

https://drdalrymple.wordpress.com/2016/01/23/my-favourite-starter/

My Favorite… Sources for problem solving material! https://mathellaneous.wordpress.com/2016/01/23/my-favorite/

Fav: Vertical Whiteboards—get them up and talking! http://wp.me/p3az6g-1aP