I love sharing good lessons and ideas on this blog and hopefully you find some of them as helpful as I do. Rather than throwing you another resource or two, in this blog post I thought I'd share a little bit of how I find some of my favorite resources.
1. Read math teacher blogs
Never read a blog before? Don't know where to get started? Check out this page of Exploring the MathTwitterBlogosphere for more information on how to get started.
2. Use a search engine created by and for math teachers.
Typing the phrase "Solving Systems of Equations" into Google will get you about 40,000,000 results. Who has time to sort through all of that looking for the perfect task or resource? I don't think so! When I'm looking for something that I need to use ASAP and don't want to sift through millions of links of resources of varying quality, I use one of these two search engines:
Robert Kaplinsky's Problem-Based Lesson Search Engine
This customized search engine searches through a specific list of thirty-four vetted websites that are filled with great content and problem-based lessons.
John Steven's MTBoS Search Engine
This customized search engine was created by John Stevens (who will be one of our keynote speakers at our upcoming 2017 UCTM Conference in August). Like the other search engine, it searches through a set of math teacher blogs, but it is a much larger list of math teaching blogs which is still growing. I've gotten some great resources and discovered some great blogs from using this search engine.
3. Twitter and the Math Twitter Blogosphere.
When I'm in a real bind and need help right away, I always turn to the math teaching community on Twitter. When I tweet something out a question using the hashtag #mtbos, I usually get several great responses within an hour or two. Never used Twitter before? No idea with the Math Twitter Blogosphere is? Learn more at Exploring the MathTwitterBlogosphere.
About the author: MaryAnn Moore (@1mooreorless) is the editor and lead writer of the UCTM blog. She teaches 8th and 9th grade math in Davis School District. When not teaching, MaryAnn enjoys playing violin, Crossfit, cooking and traveling. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.