I’ve spent more time on Twitter in the last couple of days than I probably have in the last year. I got an email about Dan Meyer’s post on his blog about Retiring the #MTBoS because I have subscribed to his blog. I highly respect what he has done for mathematics education. However, this post caught me off guard. I am a HUGE supporter of the #MTBoS (Math Twitter Blog-O-Sphere) and have found INNUMERABLE resources that I use on a regular basis because of this hashtag. At first glance, my guard was up and I couldn’t believe that someone of his status in the math community would make this suggestion ESPECIALLY given the fact that he himself has blogged about introducing math teachers to the #MTBoS in this blog post and especially in this blog post. I thought the timing was an extra zing since the #MTBoS community has a conference called Twitter Math Camp that was occurring when his blog went to press.
I consider myself open-minded and have given the idea more thought. I’ve prowled all over Twitter to get a handle on how others feel about the suggestion of the #iteachmath hashtag versus #MTBoS. I’ve read many blogs about the arguments for and against the change. I’ve seen other suggestions for hashtags. I’ve considered my own experience with the hashtag and agree that it is a little hidden (gem) of a meaning. I make up hashtags on the regular and with this one I was hesitant to use it for two reasons. Like others, I felt like maybe you had to be part of “the club” or maybe an attendee of Twitter Math Camp to use it. I Googled it and found a wealth of knowledge. I am unsure of whether I had my blog before using it or around the same time, however, using the hashtag is a reminder to me to blog more often. On the other hand, I am judicious about when I use it as I know the community that I am pinging when I do and there is a higher level of respect/judgement involved than some of the other hashtags that have been suggested. I don’t even follow #edchat as it is full of spammy stuff. Even #TLAP can be problematic at times (though I still love that community and follow the hashtag).
I DON’T WANT
- to follow a hashtag that is full of old school worksheets that have just been uploaded to a site
- a hashtag that includes talk that is negative about student mindset
I DO WANT
- a hashtag that is more inclusive
- other and more math instructors to be able to access this community and be part of the conversation
My English teachers would hate this blog as I do not have a clear argument. I could easily argue both sides of the issue. My jury is still out. I will follow both hashtags and probably use both hashtags (if I remember to do so – still kind of a rookie when it comes to tweeting at times)
While I’ve Been Back to Twitter…
While prowling and determining my personal stance on the issue, I have found some more great stuff. So here are some of the good things I would like to incorporate this year:
- quick online team making app because I will ALWAYS love games in my classroom
- “Vertical Non-Permanent Surfaces” for a new way to do problem solving
- I want to finish listening to this awesome RadioLab Podcast on Numbers
- I need a place to properly house unique fun problems that don’t necessarily fit into my curriculum units but would still be a great to use. Consider the picture below:
or this one