Week 4 of the 2016 Blogging Initiative!

This is the final week of the blogging initiative! Congratulations on whatever you’ve accomplished. Maybe you’ve written one post, maybe you have an about page and three new posts, or maybe you’ve gone above and beyond the initiative to write still more posts this year. As we’ve mentioned a few times, this week you’ll be sharing about a lesson. Perhaps you’ve already chosen it and compiled all your resources to share. If not, think to the week ahead and consider what you’re teaching (or observing) so that you can be sure to take a photo, gather samples of student work or record part of the conversation (#phonespockets anyone?) to be able to include direct quotes. None of these are required but all require planning ahead so think now about what you might want in your post!

You might think, “But Tina! I’m not teaching an exciting lesson this week!” In which case I will reply, “But Blogger! That’s exactly what we want to read about!” And if you don’t believe me, check this out:

You can choose a lesson that went great and share what exactly made it work for your population. It can be an original, a lesson you found or a medley. You can choose a lesson that went terribly and hypothesize what went wrong. You could ask for help or share your recovery plan like others have on Productive Struggle. You can choose any lesson in between – it went okay, part went well but those ten minutes in the middle were rough, it was your regular routine, you tried changing your routine and it was just fine – whatever you want to write about, we want to read.

Because here’s the thing. No matter what lesson you write about, you’re going to do more than post a lesson plan and move on. You’re going to tell us a story. This community is better than a random site that posts worksheets and lesson plans because you get the story behind it. You learn about the context of the classroom, the personality of the teacher, the mid-class tweaks and the reflection on what they would do differently next time. Context matters, that’s why we had you start with your about page. So tell us a story about a lesson you taught, and give us a glimpse into your inner monologue.

Deadline: Press submit by the end of the day Saturday, February 6, 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).

And that’s all!

P.S. If you enjoyed thinking about and responding to different prompts each week, sign up for the Global Math Department newsletter. They highlight a few posts each week that are particularly worthy of your attention. One of them is bound to inspire you to write about something – how you approach the same problem, a question you’re exploring based on the post or a tangentially related idea that you now realize other people might want to read about! Plus, there’s a possibility of ongoing blogging prompts in the works – watch the newsletter for updates soon!

45 thoughts on “Week 4 of the 2016 Blogging Initiative!

  1. Teach my lesson: multiplying monomials, multiplying polynomials, factoring trinomials in quadratic form, and solving polynomial equations


  2. I stole a lesson in its entirety from the Math Assessment Project. And I love it.

  3. My lesson was a skill based lesson introducing adding/subtracting rational expressions. I incorporated differentiation based on students’ perception of their confidence level. I wish I had asked at the end of class practice if their confidence level had improved. http://algebrasfriend.blogspot.com/2016/02/exploremtbos2016-ordinary-lesson.html

    • Ashley, daughter of God (and dear daughter of mine) – I am thdrelli, really beyond words, that you have found your way to this place! You have a unique and beautiful gift to share, an endearing sense of humor, the mind of a seeker, and a heart of gold. We are prepared to be blessed, again and again, through your writings, and as we too draw near. Be blessed dear girl and enjoy this journey! Mama

  4. https://chadtlowermath.wordpress.com/2016/02/03/teach-my-lesson/
    Online school. Asynchronous learning. How do lessons happen? Learn how and see an example of one in this short blog post.

  5. https://fractionfanatic.wordpress.com/2016/02/03/teach-my-lesson/ a lesson to get pupils talking and discussing optimization without me doing all the talking

  6. New semester, new class, first day lesson plan. http://bit.ly/1K0vC2V

  7. I did a lesson on ordering integers with my sixth graders. Minimal instruction, great results.

  8. Sitting waiting for my “Family Math” night with the kindergarten kids at my son’s elementary school to start, I wrote about what I’m hoping to do with the grade 4 and 5 kids next week: exploring John Conway’s “surreal numbers”


  9. A “fix up” of the Classic Two Trains travelling…. Problem. http://wp.me/p3az6g-1bo

  10. Gung Hay Fat Choy, Saint Valentine! Care package from home explores surface area https://matheasyaspi.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/gung-hay-fat-choy-saint-valentine/

  11. Here’s a little surface area and Volume lesson and how it’s changed between my 1st year and my 6th year of teaching.

  12. I’m starting with trig ratios in Geometry. A mock up of what I hope will become a lesson soon 🙂 https://alternativemath.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/geometry-constraints-and-trig/

  13. As a substitute teacher, I didn’t teach any math classes this week. On the other hand, I did teach lots of math this week…

  14. The Juicy Problem That Got Kids Excited About Math http://goo.gl/881iXA

  15. Desmos, Complementary Angles & SMP#3. Not only will you get a story and lesson guide but you’ll also get links to 2 Desmos Activity Builders. Enjoy!! http://jennvadnais.com/2016/02/05/desmos-complementary-angles/

  16. Building understanding of imperfect square roots with a little exploration and a lot of noticing: http://forbetterproblems.blogspot.com/2016/02/back-to-my-roots.html

  17. Reflection on Bullseye: a game to solidify linear and absolute value equations. http://17goldenfish.com/2016/02/06/bullseye/

  18. Geometry masquerading as trig: some disguised scaffolding for work to follow. https://tmolr.wordpress.com/2016/02/06/2016-blogging-initiative-week-4/

  19. “Quadratics: the unit that I don’t proud of” http://somenxavier.xyz/posts/MTBoS-week4/ Can anyone help me to improve it? What is the sequence you follow for teach it. Thanks.

  20. On the fly – thoughts on a lesson I taught on Friday. http://wp.me/p2z9Lp-z3

  21. “Order the Fruit Salad”. No, actually order it – there’s permutations.

  22. I’m one of those divergent thinkers who never does the assignment exactly as intended.

  23. A flipped lesson on the Unit Circle: trying to get students to do the “heavy lifting”, even thought it’s filpped!


  24. Rational Exponents (a Precalc lesson) Some spur of the moment teaching moments and “Two Turths and a Lie” http://wp.me/p75A64-5Y

  25. An introduction to different bases! 🙂 A lesson intended for prospective teachers – but could work well for any one interested in something fun! http://bit.ly/1L7pVLq

  26. What I did / am doing for the topic of Sampling Distributions in AP Statistics: http://blog.amathknauft.com/2016/02/ap-statistics-sampling-distributions.html

  27. Building from the last post: More 3D geometry with a shout out to Mike Lawler.

  28. Working with data and scatterplots using Yummy Math. My Student are Good at “School”: http://specialtechteacher.blogspot.com/2016/02/week-4-my-student-are-good-at-school.html

  29. It’s long but detailed. We derived area of a circle formula by composing and decomposing a pizza https://theinfinitelee.wordpress.com/

  30. This is all kinds of late, but I wrote a new, follow up post about Assessing & Advancing Questions using a 7th grade task https://mrsthienel.wordpress.com/2016/02/10/positive-negative-or-neither/

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