Where I Started
The first blog I ever read (and first treasure trove I came across) was Math Teacher Mambo by Shireen Dadmehr. So wonderful were her resources, and so generously shared, that I made a separate folder on my computer for them. I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Shireen in person – we have been at PCMI during different summers – but I’ve always been a huge fan of her creativity and energy. So like many readers and friends, I am sure, I was saddened by the loss of her husband a year and a half ago, and wished that I did know her in person, and could lend any kind of comfort and support that might help.
But I should have known that the spirit and ardor that Shireen communicates through her blog would help her get through this most worst of times. She has shared some of her journey with us in Things I’ve “Learned” From Being a Widow. In her typical articulate fashion, she communicates some of the larger life lessons that loss teaches us (I’ll let you go read about them yourself), and then..on to the math. With her signature creativity and thoroughness, she writes about (and shares) three great activities she created for her Algebra 1 class. Shireen remains a blogging icon for me – I continue to add her resources to that folder of mine.
I’ve written about Resourceaholic before, because she ALWAYS FINDS THE BEST STUFF! And her April 10 post was no different – she had a link to these Access Maths revision resources that are very inviting. Just look at these:
Finally, I have a video for you: Chris Emdin’s Keynote at SXSWedu. If you were, like me, not lucky enough to attend in person, do not despair. Listening to him speak, even on my computer over a month after the speech had been delivered, was more than inspiring – a wake up call to all of us who need to make sure ALL of our students are being heard and well-served. It’s a powerful must-see – go watch it NOW!