I’ve decided that I just need to start using this blog to get thoughts down quickly, and expand on them as I have time. For some reason, it’s nerve-wracking to hit publish on a rough idea, but with the crazy state that my life has entered, I’m never going to write anything if I wait till I have time to polish it.
So… I will definitely be doing the blog project again. I will only be able to do it for one class a semester, because there is no way I can keep up with more than 40 student blogs. But there are definitely some changes that I will make. (And, in the spirit of the way I’m changing my blogging style, I’m not going to try to list all the changes I want to make at once!)
First, I will make the blogging project worth 50% of the grade. It’s a lot of work, and that work should be valued. And I’ll abandon the weird double-table approach I had last time. It just confused the students. When I was asking them to do something so far out of their comfort zone as writing about math, I should have recognized that keeping as much as possible familiar would make the students happier.
Stay tuned for other changes! And here’s a gratuitous picture of my baby: