Week 2 of the 2016 Blogging Initative!

“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:

  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 herehere’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.



99 thoughts on “Week 2 of the 2016 Blogging Initative!

  1. My favorite: Quick read about a simple paper cutting method that always gets a big reaction. http://jennvadnais.com/2016/01/22/howd-you-do-that/

  2. One of my favorites: I love figuring out ways to create suspense and anticipation in my classes and in the school. http://17goldenfish.com/2016/01/23/create-suspense-mtbos-week-two-my-favorite/

  3. My Favorite…A Game My Most Challenging Students Love to Play

  4. Test corrections vs. rough grading & my favorite collection of sticky notes. On time this week! https://tmolr.wordpress.com/2016/01/23/2016-blogging-initiative-week-2/

  5. Even though I just learned about it this year, it is definitely one of my all-time favorites ever. http://wp.me/p4Tatb-hr

  6. The only downside to this is when the students start asking “Are we using the HOES today?” http://fliplearnshare.blogspot.com/2016/01/my-favorite-exploremtbos2016.html

  7. My favorite… I love trigonometry! Would love more ideas to teach it. What’s your best trig idea? Please go post!

  8. My favorite class starters! A few oldies, but maybe some newbies to you! mrsthienel.wordpress.com

    • Amy, I had no idea that Google Forms could do this! This looks like much work in setting things up, but seems to be very beneficial once completed. I will share this with my team. Thank you!

  9. My Favourite Problem #MTBoS jgibson314.blogspot.ca/2016/01/my-fav… Reminded me of youtu.be/q_hbbDN6b6g and goodreads.com/book/show/9059…

    • John, looks like a fun problem to use with my class on those “testing days” when I see the same kids two or three days in a row after testing (while trying to catch up the other classes) Thanks for sharing!

  10. I have had a challenging year so far- this is my list of things that have helped me look beyond the challenges http://www.nicoleenzinger.com/blog/these-are-a-few-of-my-favorite-things

  11. These are a few of my favorite things: The Remind App and Fast Track (a Review Game)

  12. My favorite: Function arrows! (With lots of images, because typing math is hard.)

  13. Finally submitting Week 2 during Week 3. Throwing love to annotate.net- my favorite!

  14. I forgot to post week 2…fave ice breaker, fave geom lessons, fave new idea for proportional thinking: http://zicker63.blogspot.com/2016/01/week-2-my-favorite-things-favorite.html
    Have 50 tabs open to read about my favorites, so excited!

  15. Mashup: Day (week) In The Life and My Favorite (because my life is crazy and I’m late). http://forbetterproblems.blogspot.com/

  16. My Favorite: Completing the Square, and the four different ways that I have taught it, from grad school until now. http://misteristhisright.com/2016/01/24/my-favorite-completing-the-square/

  17. Late to post! My favorite review activities and my favorite computer program to use.

  18. Ahhhh! I let this go for too long. Here is my (late) post. It is about peardeck. And ***warning*** it is awesome! http://bit.ly/1nthViW

  19. My Favorite Thing! – Switching Up Assessments in Aglebra 1. Ok, it’s all a lie. I have no energy to reflect on my favorite task or whatever. I can only talk about what’s in front of me right now… the very scary and very new alternate form of assessment for me: the project. duh duh duh.

  20. How to logistically add whiteboards to the walls in your classroom to get kids up and talking math to each other. Called Vertical Non-Permanent Surfaces (#vnps) http://typeamathland.blogspot.com/2016/01/my-favorite-vertical-non-permanent.html

  21. This one has the quadrilateral activity on it now! http://zicker63.blogspot.com/2016/01/week-2-my-favorite-things-favorite.html
    I have had the best time reading your favorites!

  22. A favorite coaching tool – Google Drive! Creating collaborative culture since, well, since 2015 for me. 🙂 https://primemathblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/29/sharing-collaborating-a-favorite/

  23. My Favourite-Lesson Study-better late than never. I’ll get to the questioning post and lesson post by the end of 2016? ha! http://slamdunkmath.blogspot.ca/2016/02/my-favourite-lesson-study.html

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