I haven’t posted as much as I would like to lately. The demands of teaching and raising a family are keeping me quite a bit busier than I anticipated! Many days I start the blog in my head right after great day of teaching. But, rarely have I had the time to write it all down. I planned on doing more over the break – but what I found is that I really, really needed time just to recharge – and not work for a couple of weeks! I even read three books just for pleasure!
My “first year” is half over now. I would love to write more, but I have a feeling that my focus is going to continue to be on trying to create engaging lessons. My goal is to make math not only understandable for my students, but real for them so that it comes naturally. This takes a lot of work and more than a little creativity on most days. As all things in life, sometimes I fail miserably, and sometimes I have great success. Happy New Year!
I love this summary!
The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.
A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 6,200 times in 2010. That’s about 15 full 747s.
In 2010, there were 40 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 33 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 14mb. That’s about 3 pictures per month.
The busiest day of the year was November 18th with 231 views. The most popular post that day was My Sixth Grade Class Sings the Fraction Song.
Where did they come from?
The top referring sites in 2010 were twitter.com, msmathwiki.pbworks.com, Google Reader, mathteachermambo.blogspot.com, and mathreuls.pbworks.com.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for teaching math vocabulary, index card method, fraction song, solving for y, and fraction songs.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
My Sixth Grade Class Sings the Fraction Song November 2010
How to Study: Index Card Method – Linking it to Standards Based Learning May 2010
Dispelling the Great Math Myth: Effort Trumps Ability in Mathematics Achievement July 2010
Index Card Flip Charts September 2010
Walking the Walk: Teaching Math Vocabulary October 2010
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Don’t feel bad about not updating your blog– as a 4th year teacher, I *still* can’t imagine having time to maintain a blog… and I don’t even have kids! I follow many blogs to get new ideas, but writing one would be a whole different story. I’m glad you took time to relax because that is so important during your first year! 🙂
P.S. Where do you teach in NC? I teach in Massachusetts now, but I student taught in Durham!
Thank you for taking time to share this information with everyone.
I’m feeling you on this one. I rarely average more than one blog post a month while I’m teaching. Time spent resting is way more important than time spent blogging.