Mission #2 from Exploring the Math Twitter Blogosphere was to 1) jump into the pond and start tweeting (introduce yourself, tweet @ someone you have been following, etc), and 2) write a blog post about tweeting.
I started tweeting because the head of IT at my school suggested I start a Twitter account that I could use with my students. I looked at her skeptically, but in a moment of weakness went ahead and created an account. For eons I didn't even tell anyone I had taken the plunge! But then I had to ask Son #3 some questions about Twitter, so he ended up being my first follower. Shortly after that, the sweetheart girlfriend of Son #1 requested to follow me. Wow! I had a following!
But it was not too long after, that Son #2 sent me the link to Dan Meyer's Ted Talk....and well the rest is history: I went to his blog, which led to his 3 Act Activities. His site also led me to follow him on Twitter. And BOOM! All of a sudden I met all these amazing people! I poked around their sites, "borrowed" ideas, downloaded worksheets, looked at games, and found interactive notebook ideas. Who WERE these people??
They were the ones who make me want to go to Twitter Math Camp!
Yes, I almost cried when I found out the Twitter Math Camp was in Philly the same time they were, but didn't know it until it was over. (Yes, I would have crashed it just so I can get Fawn Nguyen's autograph! :) Please tell me there will be a 2014 Camp. Please tell me it will be somewhere that I can get to without spending tooooooo much $!!
My biggest difficulty is not being able to spend as much time as I would like reading everyone's tweets. I follow almost exclusively math teachers. There are so many good ideas out there it makes my head spin, but already I have made subtle changes to the way I do things in class. The Silent Partners Quiz (previous blog post) came from something I saw that someone else did. (Man, if someone has a way they keep all these good ideas organized, please post!!) The Interactive Notebook also came from having read tweets and then visiting blogs.
Bless you all. And thank you for your kindness to those of us just starting out!