The other day, a math guru of our time, Dan Meyer made a suggestion that rocked the world of math educators and my world by suggesting that we change our hashtag #MTBos to #iteachmath. I was livid, I was hot. Who was he to want to change things?!!! I had worked hard to remember those 5 letters to the right of a pound sign. I had worked at writing blogs (less often than I should) and sending notices about them to the blog-o-sphere. What about @mpershan? What about @samjshah? And @k8noack? What about others who worked to bring this blogging affair together?
And then the idea that it is a “Fraternity”?… a secret society that only a few knew of?… Well of course! Not the secret part per se, but a group of people, a community, “an organization or club formed for a particular purpose or activity.” who work together to better a situation – this being the teaching of mathematics….
Now, there are people who have tweeted, stating they had no idea what that hashtag meant…. Just that it was on the end of some tweets within math ideas/activities…. Well, I like to think that they would look it up, and find out more information about it, or ask! And these are people who are on Twitter, who have gotten past the ins and outs of Twitter itself, which I found rather daunting to get started with myself. And I’m sure they’ve looked up ideas on Pinterest (yep, it’s there, try MTBoS)
The bigger frustration: Maybe I was just frustrated that here’s something else that has to change. And why should one person make a change like this? There’s a multitude in the teacher’s curriculum that’s been changing over the past few years… STEM, STEAM, ST(A-Z)M, LMS, Twitter, Flipping, Saging or Guiding, Blended Learning, PBLs, ….
And… then…. I…. read….. the replies…. the comments…. the positive ideas….
There IS a place for both hashtags.
The #MTBoS is a place for those who enjoy:
- reading of other educators ideas that have stood the test of children
- empathizing with the stories that bring tears to those who read and identify with the blogger
- laughing at things that have gone right, and things that have failed miserably
- sharing opinions, recognize their shortcomings, and introducing new ideas and beliefs
The #iteachmath is a larger affinity:
- a hashtag that takes educators to read other ideas and to comment
- a place to share ideas and stories in 140 characters or less
- an identity where everyone can join in celebrating mathematics of all levels
Hmmmm….. funny how both hashtags seem very similar!
So, after 20+ years at this love, I will continue to stretch, grow, think positively, and share.