Statistics has long been my passion and this year I am blessed to

teach AP Stat all day, plus one Intro to Stat class at the uni. I

really love only having one core class to prep for, my lesson plans

are quick to write, and in the case of a lab day, I don't have to set

up and tear down the labs multiple times. It's been great to branch

out and work with the science teachers on the integration of math and

science as well as exploring new ways to use technology in my

classroom.

However, what I did NOT anticipate about this year was how much I

would miss the daily collaboration of my Algebra 2 buddies. For the

past several years, I have taught next to Partner Teacher and we have

joked that if we could put both our brains into one teacher, that we

would be unstoppable. This year, though, I moved across the parking

lot to a new building, leaving behind many of my close friends AND I

no longer teach Algebra 2, so I don't have the collaboration partners

that I am used to. This adds up to a year of feeling pretty alone in

my math world. I am one of those teachers that really learns through

brainstorming and discussion. I love the flow of ideas that can come

from a discussion on "How do you teach this topic?" or "My kids keep

messing up here - what do you do?" or "Dang, they bombed that quiz -

what now?"

This past Sunday, my feeling of isolation really came to a head and I

was very frustrated. In general, I believe in being proactive, so I

got on twitter that afternoon/evening and asked if anyone would be

interested in a weekly #statchat discussion. It doesn't have to be

ultra formal, I just want a time to talk to other stat teachers and

bounce ideas, labs, activities, suggestions, etc. I got a few

positive replies, so I thought I'd post here too - so, let me see a

show of hands... Anyone up for a weekly #statchat?

Til next time... :)