I am a high school math teacher from a rural community in the Midwest. My school is fairly small, so I am the only teacher of Algebra II, Calculus, and Physics. Just a few years ago, we started teaching a course called “math strategies”. It was meant to help our struggling students prepare for state assessments. I teach one section and a colleague of mine teaches the other. It was the first time in my ten-year career that I taught the same class as another teacher in my building! We went right to work collaborating and sharing ideas. I’d create one activity and she’d create another. It was a beautiful world of sharing that I hadn’t experienced anywhere else, until recently.
I have discovered the world of blogs written by other math teachers. I don’t know what took me so long, as I consider myself to be fairly savvy when it comes to technology. But this new world has been rich with ideas and inspiration! So I decided to give it a try. I don’t know how often I will update, or even if I will have anything to share that the blogging world hasn’t heard before. But I intend to share some lessons that I really like, and maybe some of my struggles and victories along the way.