MTBoSBlaugust Post 8: The one with the MTBoS gushing and lots of tweets

It’s true. Last week I saw something out there in blogland. I found it after a conversation between Kristin and Andrew and others about numbers on a clothesline. I couldn’t find/remember/re-locate the post. It made me insane.

I mean… seriously.

But then today when I went on my school computer to the list of amazeballs links of the MTBoS, it clicked (pun sort of intended). I knew exactly how I stumbled upon that post.

https://sites.google.com/site/mtbosbank/

I searched.

I found.

http://www.mathfireworks.com/2015/05/fraction-ordering-activities/

It was glorious.

(For the record – there’s nothing about a clothesline in the post. BUT – there could be.)
And then the afternoon rolled around. I had the first meeting of my mathletes elective. It’s a group of 14 5-7th graders who I get to have for an extra 2 periods per week. One of the things we will do is prep for MathCounts and our district competition. It’s a perfect time for math games, puzzles, and fun things that maybe don’t fit the standards. I love that I have it and that I have enthusiastic kiddos who want to take part.

Last night I found an exploration that I was going to do. After thinking a little more, I decided I wanted to do brainteaser-y things instead. They came in. I taught them to play set using the set online game. Then we played the train game, following Sarah’s post. It was rad.

I could not be more thankful to my math family for your direct and indirect influences on my life ❤

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MTBoSBlaugust Post 7: The one with all the excuses

I didn’t ever want to start a blog….

First days of school…..

New school…..

Julie wasn’t forcing me…..

Hedge wasn’t forcing me….

Nobody was making me…..

I was tired…..

I was coming down with a cold…..

It was Back to School Night….

It was my birthday/week/month :-P….

I had nothing to say…..

I thought of something during the day, but then I forgot…..

No one cares what I have to say because anything I have that’s good was already blogged about by someone else….

The Bachelor in Paradise was on…. (that one’s for you Kathy, Connie, Heather!)

These are a handful (or two) of excuses of why I failed the MTBoSBlaugust challenge. It’s the 31st. I am on post 7. Oops. But, as Shelli pointed out to me earlier in the month, if it’s getting me to write more than I was, then it’s a success. So here’s the thing. Since the night before I left for TMC 14 in OK, I had written 9 posts. In the past 31 days, I have written 7. So I guess, #missionaccomplished.

I don’t know that I will really ever think of myself as a blogger. I’m not sure that I will really ever want to share lesson-y things. But, I have enjoyed dipping my toes in the water. I have found that I do enjoy the process. Perhaps I do have a voice that other people don’t mind hearing from. We’ll see where we go from here…