I had so much fun hosting the 146th Playful Math Education Blog Carnival. Kelly Darke of Math Book Magic will host the 148th Carnival. Probably neither of us should host the 147th Carnival, but YOU most certainly can! By YOU I mean anyone who has ever blogged even just a little bit about math. For example, if you normally blog about art, you could create a carnival that mostly focuses on mathematical art. The same could be said for photography, games, puzzles, storybooks, and so forth.
If now isn’t a good time for you to take on an extra project, remember there are plenty of other months open for you to volunteer!
But how do you host the Playful Math Education Blog Carnival, you ask? First of all, let Denise Gaskins know you would like to host the carnival.
You can also contact her through Twitter:
— Denise Gaskins (@letsplaymath) June 3, 2021
After you get assigned a month and a carnival number, you should pick a day in the last full week of the month as your goal to publish your carnival.
You might be interested in knowing how I approach creating a carnival:
Number Facts or a Puzzle:
Traditionally you start with some facts or a puzzle about the current carnival number. You can find several facts about your number at Pat Ballew’s Math Day of the Year Facts, Wikipedia, or OEIS.org. Also, check The Carnival of Mathematics which is about 48 numbers ahead of the Playful Math Education Carnival. What interesting facts were written about your number around four years ago in that carnival? You don’t have to be fancy; you can simply state a fact or two about your carnival number.
I, on the other hand, am obsessive. If I were hosting the 147th Carnival I would find as many facts about the number 147 as I could. I would think about all those facts and try to come up with a way to marry my number with something about a carnival, a fair, or even a circus. After a couple of weeks of imagining, I would finally be able to tell you about the great contortionist, Hexahex. Perhaps you’ve heard of his mother, Polly Hex. Hexahex can contort himself into 82 different “free” positions. He wants to stretch himself a little bit and add 65 more “one-sided” positions for a total of 147 “one-sided” positions in his repertoire. He is allowed to count positions that are reflections of the first 82 positions, but only if they aren’t exactly the same or merely a rotation of any of those first 82. Below is a graphic showing those first 82 positions as well as their reflections. Put an X above the 17 positions in the bottom three rows that don’t qualify as different, then count up the rest. You will then see that Hexahex can indeed contort himself 147 ways!
See, I told you I am obsessive! If you host the 147th carnival, you can use my graphic and story about Hexahex if you like. If you don’t want to use it, that’s okay, too!
You decide how much effort you want to put in. Writing the carnival can take a couple of hours for a simple post, or you can spend several days searching out and polishing playful math gems to share.
I try to start writing a draft of my blog carnival post long before my deadline. I collect pictures (good advice on finding pictures here) and quotations whenever I find something I like, and enter them into my post ahead of time. If I have the framework in place, then all I have to add at the last minute are the blog post links, and the job doesn’t seem overwhelming.
Make sure you have the right to use any image you post. Either create a graphic yourself or find something marked “Creative Commons” — and then follow the CC rules and give credit to the artist/photographer.
I typically use graphics I’ve made or embed tweets from Twitter that just seem to have the perfect picture or quote.
Finding Blog Posts for Your Carnival Through Your Blog’s Reader:
Second, you look for blog posts. I found some blog posts because I subscribe to them, but you can also find blog posts by searching your reader. You may think blogging is dead, but it most certainly isn’t. I blog on WordPress, and its reader is easy to search. The search terms I used included math art, math poetry, math games, math puzzles, math geometry, and math algebra. Here are blog posts I found recently, most of which were written after the last carnival was published. Others were written before my carnival, but somehow I missed finding them before. If you hosted the 147th carnival, you will want to organize the posts into different categories or age groups and write a brief introduction to each post, but you could include as many or as few of these posts as your heart desires as well as other posts that you find. Here’s a bonus: if you also blog on WordPress, as soon as you hit the submit button, then WordPress will let the authors know that their post was included in your carnival! I have not organized these blog posts, but click on any of them that look interesting to you and consider including them in your carnival. If they don’t look interesting, a good introduction written by you might make them appeal to more people.
Finding Blog Posts on Twitter:
Twitter has SO many wonderful, playful ideas about mathematics. Most of them do not come from blog posts, but some of them do. Often when I see a tweet that refers to a math blog post or something else I like, I hit the like button. You can check my Twitter profile to see what appeals to me. Twitter also has a search feature. I’ve searched for individuals that I know who blog. I’ve also used words like “math blog” in my Twitter search to find blog posts I haven’t seen before. Be aware that you may find posts that are old or have no date on them, but plenty of recent blog posts are just waiting for you to find! Also, Denise Gaskins will retweet some blog posts that she’s found. Here are the blog posts I found on Twitter AFTER my carnival was published. Again, if you were hosting the carnival, the posts to include in your carnival would be up to you. You would organize them into different categories or age groups and write a brief introduction for each post.
— Dr. Katrina Adkins 🏳️🌈 (@DrKatrinaAdkins) May 3, 2021
— John Golden (@mathhombre) May 3, 2021
The latest @amermathsoc i/e blog post is a guest piece by @virtualcourtney about the ways that whiteness can try to take control of the stories of mathematics and mathematicians, related to the @AWMmath EvenQuad cards.@mathyadriana @pwr2dppl @maanowhttps://t.co/4Vq4gDe8b2
— Brian Katz (BK) (@thewordninja_bk) May 3, 2021
The Mathematicians of the Day are https://t.co/4M1nrSFcbb
— Mathematics & Statistics St Andrews (@StA_Maths_Stats) May 3, 2021
Got a bit overexcited over BH weekend and wrote two new blog posts:
I’ll stop now for another 5 months 🙂
— Claire Stoneman (@stoneman_claire) May 3, 2021
Some (38, mostly whiteboard) photos from my calculus classes, 2006-09 on Flick=r… I was pretty smooth with the colored chalk! (Tell me if you use any of these!)https://t.co/jzF6i2pDRO pic.twitter.com/D500XaWMZZ
— dan bach (@dansmath) May 3, 2021
Thanks to @JeffNelsonTLI for this blog post on #Choosing2See: A Framework for #Equity in the Math Classroom by @pamseda1 & @kyndallab!https://t.co/1pITOC4jmo#gratitude #dbcincbooks #tlap #MTBoS #ElemMathChat @dbc_inc @TaraMartinEDU @burgess_shelley @MarisolRerucha @wenders88
— Dave Burgess (@burgessdave) May 7, 2021
New post: What is a polynomial?https://t.co/FHDEEdwim0
The first definition you learned doesn’t generalize.
— Algebra Etc. (@AlgebraFact) May 7, 2021
— John Golden (@mathhombre) May 7, 2021
New resource! Venn Diagrams and Simultaneous Equations https://t.co/0zQFFgGUUg
— TickTockMaths (@TickTockMaths) May 7, 2021
— Denise Gaskins (@letsplaymath) May 8, 2021
This is a lovely activity 👌 https://t.co/Bkhk5JdL49
— Sudeep (@boss_maths) May 8, 2021
For anyone looking for 180 days of math number sense routines in each of the grades 1-5, here is a new resource bringing open education resources to your students. https://t.co/cnAgnYJtkT
— Chris Halter (@ChrisHalter42) May 6, 2021
That blog post doesn’t appear to be recent, but it did lead me to this one published in May 2021: Accelerate Vs. Remediate.
Updated this blog post with a folded wax paper version of an ellipse! My students recreated this yesterday with patty paper. https://t.co/u6QCgdctjl#iteachmath #mtbos #precalchat #precalcchat https://t.co/j4LPrBFhSI pic.twitter.com/Y6uejLb3Bf
— Sarah Carter (@mathequalslove) May 8, 2021
— David Petro (@davidpetro314) May 9, 2021
Take your time with this challenge from today’s special #MothersDay edition of #bedtimemath! Read the whole story here: https://t.co/eJ2UKstP2l #ParentsCount #HappyMothersDay pic.twitter.com/qbQB8yvSvv
— Bedtime Math (@BedtimeMath) May 9, 2021
— Brian Marks (@Yummymath) May 10, 2021
— Sarah Carter (@mathequalslove) May 9, 2021
Do you need a FUNNY mathy poem today? For a sample, with links to more, visit https://t.co/YjSZI6sSQx
— JoAnne Growney (@MathyPoems) May 10, 2021
IMO the infinitesimal remains a dangerous idea. pic.twitter.com/U4ekqloznG
— Ben Orlin (@benorlin) May 10, 2021
How do students develop multiplication fluency? In this week’s IM featured blog post, Grade 3 Lead Writer @zack_hill shares how IM K–5 Math supports students to build fluency from conceptual understanding over the course of a school year. https://t.co/tHPOpevRAZ #LearnWithIM pic.twitter.com/fIRuzz53gS
— Illustrative Math (@IllustrateMath) May 9, 2021
— Willow Croft (@WillowCroft16) May 10, 2021
What makes a great mathy cartoon? Ben Orlin from the blog Math with Bad Drawings shows us how to make our very own mathematical cartoons in the latest #MathValues! https://t.co/e0SipmAK81 #MathTwitter pic.twitter.com/sNjzsd2rLX
— MAA (@maanow) May 12, 2021
— Marilyn Burns (@mburnsmath) May 11, 2021
Reutersvärd Triangle. A 3d illusion to cut out and make from the forthcoming book “The Science of Seeing” #maker #makerEd #STEM #STEMEducation #STEAM #STEAMEducationhttps://t.co/kXwvQAw2ZC pic.twitter.com/ppdRB2Zx8K
— ✄—Rob–Ives— (@robives) May 15, 2021
The inventor of the Rubik’s Cube took this long to first solve it https://t.co/ohRv3dbVXB
— MathFeed (@MathFeed) May 17, 2021
You are a math person. Yes, you.
— StrongerMath (@StrongerMath) May 18, 2021
“The #pandemic has emphasized the importance of #mentorship,” says DUE Point co-editor @janatalley20. Check out the latest #MathValues to learn how the @WWU #ComputerScience and #Mathematics Scholars Program promotes #community between students and alumni: https://t.co/pnGB8YhN4H
— MAA (@maanow) May 18, 2021
— Illustrative Math (@IllustrateMath) May 18, 2021
This blog by TERC’s @Inv3_Math team looks at how students are indeed still learning math despite the challenges COVID-19 presented and take aways/lessons you can apply to your classrooms.https://t.co/UpOVffeNdW#mathematics #mathchat pic.twitter.com/EalQZ09Oh4
— TERCtweets (@TERCtweets) May 18, 2021
Check it out – my newest blog entry. An #math activity for classes Kindergarten – Grade 8. It can be used in face-to-face, online or hybrid classrooms.
Classroom Number Line https://t.co/eEjOeCB9JT#hrcemath #mathchat pic.twitter.com/q6rFfgF75H
— Dr David Costello (@dr_costello) May 14, 2021
— Math & Movement (@MathandMovement) May 18, 2021
Looking for a fun way to engage students at any age? 🤔
— OneNote Education (@OneNoteEDU) April 20, 2021
— T. M./Tyerone Johnson(he/him) (@silentbutcuddly) May 12, 2021
Steven continues his discussion on #ALevel #Maths #trigonometry, looking at dynamic geometry to support understanding, mistakes + misconceptions & suggests sources of support for students.https://t.co/w4sP5O9PTF
(A link to part 1 is below!)https://t.co/OsLUqYLpH2
— OCR Maths (@OCR_Maths) May 13, 2021
💡📓 “I enjoy presenting a question to my students and then exploring different paths to get to the solution.” -Libardo Valencia https://t.co/y3OkH2EdAz #iteachmath #mtbos #mathchat #MondayMath @MrValencia24
— Savvas Learning (@SavvasLearning) May 17, 2021
Can you hunt down the answers to 12 puzzles hidden on the new note? 🕵️♀️
— GCHQ (@GCHQ) March 25, 2021
A live warming counter + clock (and more) at https://t.co/sToazs7Uaj 🌎
Possible opportunities to look at place value, rounding, rates of change, standard index form, working with times/dates, averages, and to discuss how such a “live” counter is made and whether it’s sensible. pic.twitter.com/gmNT72gwrm
— Sudeep (@boss_maths) April 22, 2021
New! My 144th gems post. Ideas, resources and updates for maths teachers. 💎https://t.co/JVLJhAXVsp
— Jo Morgan (@mathsjem) May 15, 2021
Another new resource! It’s a double bill! : Solving equations with unknowns on both sides https://t.co/n9GuzlYxgs
— TickTockMaths (@TickTockMaths) May 21, 2021
Like all of his writing, @JimPropp‘s new essay on negative numbers is thoughtful, playful, and well worth your while.
— Ben Orlin (@benorlin) May 21, 2021
If you’re interested in the development of number bonds (and why wouldn’t you be?!), then this is a really interesting website. I love the blogs. This way of thinking about number bonds rings true with my experience: https://t.co/PL35s03zHp
— Christopher Such (@Suchmo83) May 22, 2021
— Steven Strogatz (@stevenstrogatz) May 26, 2021
— Algebra Etc. (@AlgebraFact) May 26, 2021
Read my new blog ‘Hitting The Wall: Instructional Strategies To Make It Through June’. I share strategies that may reduce stress & workload of #math teachers while providing meaningful learning opportunities#mtbos #iteachmath #hrcemath #onted @mathchathttps://t.co/FU7Ydrq2Vn
— Dr David Costello (@dr_costello) May 27, 2021
Appreciate this piece from @hpicciotto On “…widespread practices which in my view serve neither the students, nor the discipline. ….practices that prioritize student compliance. ” Commitments – Henri’s Math Education Blog https://t.co/KKODfgnzPX
— Kelly Darke (@KellyDarkeMath) May 25, 2021
Oof, I just missed having a six-month gap on my math blog. Heh.https://t.co/aYIMphs40O
— Hey, Clio! (@ClioHCorvid) May 21, 2021
How can #journaling fit into your mathematics course? In the latest #MathValues, Carolyn Otto discusses how she uses journaling to teach her students about different mathematicians. She also provides tips and prompts to use in your own class! https://t.co/GGSVOeBZqc #ITeachMath
— MAA (@maanow) May 25, 2021
I received a note of appreciation from a teacher for the blog I posted to https://t.co/FBd3txT05z. It focuses on teaching for understanding vs teaching for short-term performance.
— Dr David Costello (@dr_costello) May 25, 2021
Don’t miss the newest post in our blog series on dismantling racism in math. @MsPowell24 and @MathMinds offer tips to “rethink how and what we teach in math classrooms to create a new path for students— a path that welcomes all learners into the fold.” https://t.co/0Mki85k2AT pic.twitter.com/M9HBJUuS6L
— achievethecore.org (@achievethecore) May 24, 2021
Memorizing math facts benefits conceptual math knowledge. Our May blog looks at how children can memorize math facts in a playful way and limit the demands on their working memory.
Read the blog here: https://t.co/M6YM6NxZ4q pic.twitter.com/XAJXdF3enP
— The Robertson Program (@robertsonprog) May 25, 2021
— MAA (@maanow) May 28, 2021
Why is math so specifically problematic for so many students? This blog breaks down the deep rooted love-hate relationship many #students have with #math. https://t.co/sbxJkfXS0V #mathed @tchtransform
— EdCuration (@ed_curation) May 28, 2021
New blog post at https://t.co/8pLX7bNNuc 🤓 “The year that changed EVERYTHING!” 🙃 (three big changes in my teaching practice) What changed for you? #edutwitter #mtbos #iteachmath #mathchat #edchat #edtech
— Susan Carriker (@gautiersue) May 28, 2021
— John Golden (@mathhombre) May 29, 2021
What is the sum of the numbers that remain after eliminating multiples of 3, 5 and 7 from all the odd numbers between 10 and 40?https://t.co/fVz47obJON
— Paul #YWalGoch 🏴 (@7puzzle) May 30, 2021
— RobertLovesPi (@RobertLovesPi) May 31, 2021
How many people does it take to change a math department? In the latest #MathValues, David Bressoud (@dbressoud) discusses the new report by CBMS and @amermathsoc on how to integrate #ActiveLearning into an undergraduate mathematics department: https://t.co/2aReC76emY #ITeachMath
— MAA (@maanow) June 1, 2021
Too often in education, leaders are looking for that one breakthrough that leads to amazing results. Unfortunately, that’s rarely how it ends up. I’ll share a metaphor about chicks hatching that will make this so much clearer: https://t.co/AwSJMej6Z5 #MTBoS #iteachmath pic.twitter.com/E4gfk3Nxtn
— Robert Kaplinsky (@robertkaplinsky) June 1, 2021
“I love the idea of seeing the school curriculum as a site for social change, not only by correcting & adding to its content but also by affirming that intellectual mastery of its knowledge & skill can itself be a source of liberation, particularly when/1 https://t.co/y9iNnTaZzH
— Investigations3 (@Inv3_Math) June 2, 2021
I just shared the files on my blog 🙂 https://t.co/CCjvfmbskj
— Sarah Carter (@mathequalslove) June 1, 2021
Early childhood mathematics isn’t simple, it’s foundational. Students need opportunities to develop deep, essential understandings. In this week’s blog post, Math Specialist @mdoconnell16 shares why this is important, and what it looks like at her school. https://t.co/EthorBeB6D pic.twitter.com/Dsf2QlOCrp
— Illustrative Math (@IllustrateMath) May 27, 2021
3.5 doesn’t necessarily round to 4. Check out my blog post on why reviewers aren’t necessarily making the math mistake that some claim. (Also see why half stars don’t add rating precision.) https://t.co/Ujv8V9iohp
— Ryan Leslie – THE BETWEEN is out! (@ryan_in_austin) June 1, 2021
“Real mathematics is about solving puzzles. It’s about creative reasoning. These are the things you want your child to understand.” Listen to the podcast! #mtbos #homeschooling #letsplaymath https://t.co/lgCbiqCtqd
— Denise Gaskins (@letsplaymath) May 27, 2021
— Denise Gaskins (@letsplaymath) May 19, 2021
— Denise Gaskins (@letsplaymath) April 30, 2021
— Mashup Math (@mashupmath) June 3, 2021
— CambridgeMathematics (@CambridgeMaths) June 3, 2021
Written up my blog post on Teaching Math(s) with Examples – inspired to try using them by @mpershan‘s book and podcast interviews with @ollie_lovell and @mrbartonmaths #mathschat https://t.co/5oMyzoLFh0
— Karen (@karenshancock) June 4, 2021
— Michelle Chandra (@dirtalleydesign) June 5, 2021
Embedding tweets on your blog can make the post seem VERY long. I would select a few of my favorite tweets with pictures to embed in the carnival and just use the blog links to take my readers directly to most of the posts.
You can also post a link to your carnival on Twitter with a thank you acknowledging the Twitter handles of people whose blog posts you used. That isn’t a required step, but it will help to get the word out to more people to visit your carnival.
Some Final Steps:
After you’ve organized all the blog posts into different categories or age groups and written briefly about them, stop looking for more blog posts, because there will always be more, and if you don’t stop looking, you will never be finished! It is a good idea to make sure the links you’ve included really do take your readers where you think you are sending them. I admit that I’ve messed up on that detail before.
To finish up, you will want to include a link to the previous playful math carnival and a link to the website of the next carnival, if known. You can find that information here. You will want to include an invitation for others to host future carnivals. It is also courteous to direct your readers to the current edition of the Carnival of Mathematics. Lastly, proofread and publish! Good luck and have fun!