I don’t know about you, but I have this huge problem. I do all this writing on this blog, and I do all this reading on other blogs, and I have this information overload. I will get to a topic I’m teaching and be like
“Shoot! I know someone out there posted an awesome mnemonic for the sum and difference of cubes. What IS it?”
“Wasn’t there a great way to introduce logarithms that I wanted to try?”
Immediately after that, unless I’m in a i-need-to-find-that mood, I forego looking for it and just recycle what I did last year. I read about all this good stuff, but I rarely use it in the classroom. It’s actually pretty sad, considering how much time I spend reading.
- I subscribe to a ton of blogs
- I’d guess that less than 1/3 of the posts deal with “on the ground this can help you in the classroom here’s a worksheet or mnemonic” things
- I can’t really find the posts in google reader using a search. I just can never come up with the right words, because I always only have a vague recollection of what I’m looking for
So I wanted to create a virtual filing cabinet — with only posts that can help with on-the-ground teaching stuff.
Without further ado
(Or you can click on the link on the upper right hand corner.)
1. If you want to know why I didn’t make this into a collaboration where a bunch of us would add to this list and it would become super comprehensive… I did think about it. The only problem is: if everyone were adding to it, it would suffer from the same problem as before. Too many things to click that I don’t want to wade through. My blogroll is like my virtual magazine subscription — and I just put on what’s useful for me. So to is this list my virtual filing cabinet, and it has to be useful for me. (Which is why is it centered around Algebra II and Calculus at the moment.)
However, I bet if everyone made something like this, it could be super useful. Because just like I find new blogs through other peoples’ blogrolls, I could find great things from other peoples’ virtual filing cabinets.
2. Does that mean I don’t want suggestions on things to add to it? Obvi I definitely want suggestions. If you have something that fits just throw it in the comments of the virtual filing cabinet page. I’d be much obliged.
3. If you care to know how I went about constructing it, logistically, it actually wasn’t hard. I use google reader, and I “star” my favorite posts. So I first went through our curricula and wrote down the topics I teach. Then I went back through my starred favorite posts and found which ones fit the bill (the criterion: anything that could be super useful on-the-ground in-the-classroom) and added ’em in the list.
All in all, it took about an hour to do it. Seriously.
I’m sure I missed a bunch, but I figured having an incomplete list is better than no list at all. (Though my retentiveness hates the fact that I missed a bunch. It’s also why I get stressed when I can’t read blog posts for a week, and can’t “mark all as read” because I might just miss the most best idea ever!)
I continue to “star” my favorite posts and every two weeks or so I add what I’ve found useful to me to this list. (All that takes me is about 5 minutes.)