Tomorrow will be my last “official” day with all of you, and I’m sad that I won’t be around Traverse City next year, whether you’re a second- or third-grader moving up, or a fifth-grader moving on. Since I’m moving on myself, though, I have a lot to look forward to. (Just like all of you!)
I’ve created a ShareSpace on Edmodo for all of you to participate in. You can use the account you may already have to participate, and when I reach Kaktovik and start teaching at Harold Kaveolook School, I plan to have my students there join the site, as well, so that everybody can share their experiences. You can e-mail me or contact me on Edmodo for the group code to join. Your parents and teachers (past, present, and future) are all welcome to join, as well, but please (with those exceptions), keep group participation to people who have participated in Math Clubs with us at Central Elementary.
Not everything needs to be school-related (I mean, we’re just getting in to summer, here!), but think about whether what you might be posting is necessary. I will be moderating (that means “keeping an eye on and removing things that don’t belong there”) the ShareSpace, myself, and if there is any spamming (that means “posting things, especially things that don’t belong there, a lot of times”) or inappropriate discussion going on, I will delete it and you might be removed.
That doesn’t mean I’ll be mean about it, though! It should be fun, in any case; just at least think about school or what you’re learning and doing outside of school while you’re there! I might introduce some cool discussion topics to the group, myself, so you might want to think about the book(s) you’re reading, the sports you’re playing, or the new types of math problems you’re doing while you’re there.
In a few weeks, I will be archiving (that means “closing and filing away”) the Math Club Edmodo group; you’ll still be able to use Edmodo, but this group won’t be here, anymore. So, join the ShareSpace!
Remember, too, the Classroom Compendium website I put up; Most of the things I have taught, am teaching, will teach, or have otherwise found, is up there (or will be – soon – when I find the time to type more of it up!). This will eventually include most of the activities we’ve done in Math Club this year, but I also hope to share some of the lessons and materials I’m using while in Alaska, plus more. This website also links to a bunch of other services that I use for my classrooms, including my class YouTube channel, the Class Compendium Facebook page, my class’s public Flickr galleries, and lots more.
Right now, all of these sites and services are more or less public, so you can post and comment away on all of them, but if it gets out of control, I will have to moderate (that means “keep an eye on stuff and delete what doesn’t belong there”). Please be considerate and respectful as you use these resources; you can have fun, but you can also be mindful of this.
I’ll look forward to seeing some of you on there soon, and hope you all have a fantastic Summer break! Maybe I’ll even see some of you around town before I leave.