So I’m a little terrified because I never give talks. Some people have thought it weird when I say I hate public speaking, but there are so many teachers I know that feel similarly. And it’s scarier to think that I will be talking to teachers-to-be! Anyway, @PiSpeak (CLopen Mathdebater, mwahahaha) is running a two day session for new math teachers. They are about to have their first year in their classroom. And he wanted them to know that there are communities of teachers outside of their schools that can be a great source of inspiration.
I agreed to a 30/45 minute session with them. My goal is to convince them that reading blogs can be useful. That’s it. I will talk a bit about twitter. And I will probably make a plug for blogging themselves. But that’s it. Showing what’s out there and how it can be useful. The way I hope to do convince them: have them play around online a bunch. See the good stuff out there, and see if they think it can help them.
Here’s what I’ve come up with. Most of the images and links are clickable from the presentation, so go ahead.
[my entrance/exit slip: .docx]
(Here’s an old 7 minute talk on this online community.)
I’m anxious about this, so hopefully it won’t suck. If it does, well, I’ll be glad I did it because I’m putting myself out there. But I will be sad that I took away half an episode of Buffy or 20 pages of 50 Shades of Grey from each person whose time I wasted. I hate having my time wasted, which is why I stress.
 I know it isn’t something that everyone recommends for a new teacher… heck, there is enough on their plates… but I blogged from the beginning of my teaching to the present and I can’t tell you how nice it is to be able to be able to go back and see how I’ve evolved from that first year.
UPDATE: The results of the Entrance/Exit Slips.
As you saw, I used an entrance/exit slip asking people to say their interest in reading math teacher blogs before the presentation, and afterwards. (Similarly, for using twitter.) Even though not given numerically, I numericized the responses (1=no interest to 4=a lot of interest).
I plotted the before versus after for both reading blogs and twittering, and the line . Anything on the line means I did no harm. Anything above the line means some sort of success (and the further away from the line the better!). Anything below the line means I did some harm.