Thursday, October 24, 2013

It's 4AM and I am entering the Twitter world......

I am having an adverse reaction to yesterday's flu shot and can't sleep so why not be up and work on mission #2 of the Math Twitter Blogsphere.  The focus of this week's mission is Twitter so the ever helpful Rabbi Pittinsky helped me set up a Twitter account. As someone who doesn't have a Facebook account it took quite a bit of reading and explanations ( from various people)  for me to understand what this whole Twitter thing is. I am not an expert now by any means but I think I am getting the hang of it.  And I am liking it!

I played around with it this morning and was shocked to see that I have ten followers and even an offer from a close colleague to join a book club. Who knew?... Luckily I checked or I might have insulted people or at least look like I have no idea how to read a twitter feed. ......which technically before ten monutes ago i didn't. I have not yet had an  on going 140 character dialogue but I can see the beauty of this social media. The quick shout outs and instant connections to those people you want to converse with is really cool. I will have to figure out how to add this all to an all ready busy day but I gather it will be worth it.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

My open ended mission one question

Mission three of "Exploring the Math Twitter Blogsphere" has recently been posted and here I am finishing up mission one. I have plenty of valid excuses why I am behind but let's move on to the mission.

I have to reflect on my favorite open ended question I have or would like to ask my classes. As a professional goal, I would like all my algebra classes to write equation given a few simple guidelines. For example"  Write an equation of a line with a positive rational slope with a negative y- intercept."  Or another one could be " write an equation of a quadratic with a double root, leading coefficient being negative, whose roots are on the positive x-axis." I think that would show a deep level of understanding about the various small components of any equation.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

This weekend I will begin my first of 8 missions through the "Math Twitter Blogosphere". I am so excited to learn more about the online community of math educators. And today by starting this blog I am becoming one of them! Yeah. I hope to do my first mission this weekend. Wish me luck.