I devote time every day to catching up on posts from my favorite math blogs. Three blogs that I can guarantee that I will always find something to engage my mind and share in my practice are those by Dan Meyer, Grant Wiggins, and Fawn Nguyen. The problem is that the size of my blogosphere grows exponentially. I will see a link in one blog, and voila, I’m pulled into another blog that is equally intriguing.
Today I stumbled upon a post that will keep me busy for some time, as well as introduce me to some new blogs that I will just HAVE to follow, thereby getting even more behind. Or do I get even more AHEAD? The problem is that there are only 24 hours in every day, and I do like to sleep, and my husband appreciates a little time…oh, and I have to work. Where is the balance? Since the focus of my work is math education, I can rightfully attribute the time I spend reading blogs as a necessary and valuable use of my time.
Unlike books, blogs are free and accessible, and can be digested in small chunks at one’s leisure. I will always continue to purchase books*, which I now usually find out about on blogs. There is something about the solid feel of a book and the wonderful feeling I get when I mark up a book, underlining here and there…making it MINE. However, blogs have become my equivalent of a daily math newspaper. Every morning, I sit at breakfast looking over our town’s tiny excuse for a newspaper, the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus, just long enough to get through a bowl of cereal. It’s a ritual that gets me ready for the day. Now, I’ve added to my ritual by then starting my “work” by checking out new blog posts that have arrived in my inbox. My work is never done!
* I am currently in the middle of The Joy of X: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity by Steven Stogatz. I stumbled up on it… surprise… in a post on Grant Wiggins’ blog “Granted, But…” I highly recommend it!