200 Posts – What do I have to show for it?

December 8, 2010 at 9:45 am 7 comments

Yesterday I reached a mini-milestone when I made my 200th blog post. I started to reflect on what this means, and here’s what I came up with.

Blogging has helped me to identify and focus on my passions as an instructor.

I have focused on my 3 main areas of interest – incorporating MyMathLab into my classes in an effective way, incorporating study skills instruction into my developmental math classes, and creating a community of learners. I know that blogging about these areas has increased my focus on what works best. Choosing the words to relay my thoughts has really helped me to clarify what I’m doing.

I’ve helped a lot of instructors.

I have heard from so many instructors that have incorporated something from my blog into their classes, and I have picked up many ideas from readers who have commented or emailed me. The Internet has increased our ability to share, and sharing is one of the best ways to improve as an educator.

I’ve helped a lot of students.

As I check the number of views for my blogs and the search terms that brought viewers to my blog, I know that many students have been helped on this site. Every day I see hits for factoring trinomials and performing hypothesis tests using the p-value approach. My goal is to eventually hit all of the main topics that developmental math and statistics students struggle with. I try to write blogs that are beneficial to students and instructors.

Who knows if I have another 200 posts in me? I’ll do my best! I think that I have gained more from this than those who are reading my blogs, and I truly enjoy writing. (Which I am sure will surprise my old English instructors!)

-George

I am a math instructor at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, CA. Each Wednesday I post an article related to General Teaching on my blog. If there’s a particular topic you’d like me to address, or if you have a question or a comment, please let me know. You can reach me through the contact page on my website – http://georgewoodbury.com

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Elizabeth Wade  |  December 8, 2010 at 10:29 am

    In response to your latest blog George, I would like to again thank you for your posts. I am using several of your ideas. It was nice to meet you at AMATYC. Have a wonderful, relaxful and meaningful Holiday. Elizabeth

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    • 2. georgewoodbury  |  December 8, 2010 at 10:34 am

      Thanks Elizabeth. It was great getting to meet you as well. It’s always nice to put a face with the name. Happy Holidays to you, too!

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  • 3. MC Little  |  December 8, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    As a student teacher of Middle School Math in Texas I have enjoyed your posts. Congrats! Here’s to another 200.

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  • 5. John  |  December 8, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Congratulations George… I particularly like the study skills ideas. I always look forward to your posts lighting up in my reader. Keep them coming, they are definitely appreciated…

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  • 6. Steven Diaz  |  December 8, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    George,

    Congratulations for your milestone! I have been following your blog posts because I have similar interests and goals as you stated in your post: (a) integrating effectively ALEKS into my teaching practice to redesign my developmental math courses; (b) help students become active learners; and (c) promote math awareness among my students. I have been taking notes and reflecting on your study skills strategies that you teach to your students. I am planning to use several of your ideas with my students. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences because it has definitely induced me to reflect on what I am doing with my developmental math students.

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    • 7. georgewoodbury  |  December 8, 2010 at 4:53 pm

      Steven – You are my number one source for great articles. I love your commitment to engaging students, and your vision to a new way of teaching math.

      Reply

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