Global Math Department is helping folks all over the place*. After Remi Smith (who blogs at The Math Smith) presented a favorite review game called “I Have, Who Has…” in September, she got the following feedback from another colleague:
Need some more warm fuzzies? Read other feedback the Global Math Department members have been leaving for each other on the “wall” of our Big Marker community. We all know that we can go months without this kind of amazing feedback in our own buildings. How awesome is it that every single week sounds like this?
Whenever a possible guest speaker contacts me (which isn’t often enough, just so you know and volunteer to speak!), I stress to them that we like practical topics most. All the better if we can use it Wednesday in class.
What #GlobalMath stands for
With help from Timon (@MrPicc112), I’ve been crafting the #GlobalMath description and mission statement. Help us out?
This is our community description which everyone sees at the top of our Big Marker community page:
We are math teachers who share what we’ve learned, cause we don’t want our classes to suck the energy from students. Professional development among friends, not just colleagues. Fun! Immediately useful! Interesting!
A second statement appears when users click to learn more:
We want to be better teachers. We share freely. We are always supportive.
What would you say about #GlobalMath?
Quantifying the impact
I know that #GlobalMath is useful. I know people like the meetings (I doubt that @approx_normal is the only reason 30+ people show up each week). How in the world can we measure it?
How do school districts measure this stuff? (Do they?)
*at our Oct 2 meeting, I was floored to hear of one colleague in Hawaii and another in Sydney.
I started with the Math Blogger Initiative ( Ms. Z Teaches in Mathland
zicker63.blogspot.com/) and after 26 years in the field, finally feel home!
I am so grateful for this community. I am in for next Global Math Department Meeting. I am little tech phobic, and thus the shyness with jumping in. Will fill out online form.
Yours, Amy in Mathland (Sebastopol, California)
I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate you for not only starting Global Math, but for all of the work that you do EACH and EVERY week to keep it going. It is the one day a week when I feel like I am really back at Twitter Math Camp with a room full of amazing teachers. It is ALL of those things in your community description, and so much more. THANK YOU!
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