There are some really great blogs out there written by maths teachers who really care about their practice. I enjoy reading their posts as they share their insight and ideas and think about how it could improve my own teaching.
There is wheat and there is chaff out there. To save you time in separating the two, I have compiled this list of the best blogs I have found so far:
Written by the highly witty and entertaining Kate Nowak, I love this blog for lots of reasons. I find Kate’s perspective on things quite different to my own and I usually come away from reading one of her posts with lots of new ideas in my mind. Her recent post “Union” looked at the similarities between teaching maths and performing yoga of which there are more than you might think!
I find her blog a useful way of ‘keeping the big picture in mind’ rather than becoming obsessed with the details all the time. A definite must read.
One of the best blogs I have found discussing pedagogy in maths teaching. Based in the Phillipines, Erlina Ronda blogs regularly in pursuit of her mission:
“This blog isn’t about making math easy because it isn’t. It’s about making it make sense because it does. This blog is my contribution to narrowing the gap between theory and practice in mathematics teaching and learning”.
There are regular blogs about using Geogebra effectively in teaching maths. Her most recent post, “Geogebra and Mathematics” provides a useful oversight of the potential for using Geogebra in high-quality maths teaching and learning.
Typical of the quality and thought provoking posts on this blog is “Teaching algebraic thinking without the x’s“. A great read for anyone thinking about how to introduce algebra.
An insightful blog, regularly updated that is well worth your attention.
A highly entertaining and informative podcasting maths blog. You could point interested high-attaining pupils to this site or listen to the podcasts yourself if you are looking for ways to jazz up your lessons with interesting ideas.
Their most recent podcast, “Infinity and Beyond!” explores the ideas behind infinity in lots of ways including Zeno’s Paradox and thinking about about different sizes of infinity. There is even an infinity joke too!
There is a link to where you can download their podcast from iTunes which you could direct your pupils to if there were interested in listening to it on their iPods.
Definitely add this site to your favourites.
As the name suggests, this blog, written by a colleague of the Keeping Math Simple blogger Erlina Ronda, is about the pedagogy of teaching mathematics and how we can enrich our teaching with multimedia. The author of this blog, Guillermo Bautista is an expert in using Geogebra within his teaching and has written numerous tutorials for the beginner-intermediate and advanced users. Over 30 tutorials are online currently and he is adding more all the time.
There are links to free online e-textbooks that you can distribute to your pupils if you so wish, links and reviews of many different pieces of software that you can use to enhance your teaching.
His recent post “Mathematics and Multimedia Blog Carnival #2” showcases a compilation of fun and inspiring maths teaching ideas that is certainly worth a look.
Together with Keeping Math Simple, this blog provides useful instruction and many interesting ideas.
This well established, excellent blog is written by American maths teacher Dan Meyer. He has strong views on pedagogy, particularly on how textbooks serve to restrict independent mathematical thought. Dan has appeared on TV and been a guest speaker for TED. Check out his TED talk below.
I personally subscribe to Dan’s blog, reading his posts with interest. I must admit, I don’t always agree with his methods which promote removal of lots of scaffolding and the use of open ended tasks. We’ve all been infront of a class that we’ve given an open ended task to to see them freeze and not be able to show any form of independent thought or intuition. In a world where we have to show near continual progress I think it would be a brave teacher who’d go with these methods wholeheartedly. Nonetheless there is a nagging voice deep in my mind that says that, whilst he is perhaps quite idealistic, he could be totally right, and by persevering with these methods, kids might perform better. They may be starting from a low level, but if we don’t give kids the chance to use independent thinking then they may never in their school careers.
A great blog with lots of quality content to get you questioning the way we teach.
Everytime I find a good maths blog I add a link to it on my ‘blogroll’ which can be found on the right hand side of this page. I’ll also send out a post letting you all know.
I hope you’ve found this post useful and if you have any thoughts or suggestions of other great maths blogs feel free to get in touch in the comments section below.