I have finally been persuaded to start a weblog regarding my thoughts and reactions to things I encounter as a teacher and working with other math teachers. And other stuff too.
I teach statistics and math at a great school in California which I love. I have great kids and great colleagues. I think a lot about what works best in teaching mathematics, and love to learn from others who are exploring the same questions.
I will probably have a lot of other things on this blog besides math / teaching math, but who knows. So Bloggers, I need your help. I think I have plenty to write about and react to, but I am a bit more worried about potential “land mines” that I might not anticipate in starting a blog. I don’t want a cast member from Real Housewives of New York trashing me for something I accidentally said / did without intention… you know what I mean? What’s the “web etiquette” that keeps things classy? for this reason, I ask a couple of a prompts to start:
1. Please finish this sentence: “When you start posting, for goodness sakes, make sure that you ___________________.”
Since this is a public document to the world, I would imagine there are MANY things one should “watch out” for when posting. What rookie mistakes, and “common errors” should I be mindful of? What are the “norms” for the bloggers who get a good audience
2. Please finish this sentence: “I most love to read posts that ____________________.”
I imagine that one purpose of blogging is to create and engage in exciting, provocative and stimulating discussions. What works for you?
3. Please finish this sentence: “After I created my blog, I never expected ___________________, but it happened.”
So what monsters have you all created in your blogs? What fantastic opportunities emerged? I look at the work of some contemporaries and I’m blown away by their influence and their power. I don’t predict anything dramatic here: just a place to share and learn from you all.