About TeacherMom

Who am I? I am a Christian, a wife and homemaker, and the homeschooling mother of five, ages 11yo to adult, four of whom still live at home (or at least keep the majority of their worldly possessions here) in the rural countryside of central Illinois. My hobbies are learning and teaching math (check out my other blog, Let’s Play Math!), teaching classes at our homeschool co-op, and reading anything I can get my hands on. I have taught or tutored mathematics at every level from pre-K to undergraduate physics — which, at least in the recitation class that I TA’d, was just one story problem after another. What fun!

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7 responses to “About TeacherMom

  • Mia

    What a great idea! My 11 y/o has a blog, but doesn’t do much with it. Maybe we can follow along as you develop your lessons? Could I promote this on my own blog?

    BTW, I am a long-time reader and fan of Let’s Play Math!

  • TeacherMom

    Hi, Mia! You are certainly welcome to follow along as I figure my lessons out, and please feel free to mention this on your blog as much as you wish.

    Would your 11yo like a link on my blogroll? We will be spending some of our first class session exploring other student blogs, and so far I have only my own kids’ links.

  • Mia

    Regarding the blogroll, I’ll have to check with her and see if it’s okay. If so, we’ll have to change the security settings. She used to be kind of creeped out by the thought of strangers reading her blog, and I’m not sure if she still feels that way or not. I suspect not.

    Your “helpful links” list is great! You should check out Jan Mader’s blog, Ignite to Write. She’s a children’s author who has a passion for getting kids excited about writing.


  • TeacherMom

    Hi, Mia,
    I don’t know why your comments dropped into my spam filter, but I just noticed them and pulled them out — sorry for the glitch!

    Let me know about the blogroll whenever your daughter decides. And now, I’m off to browse the blog you recommended…

  • Climbing Gecko

    It’s just my opinion, but I don’t really like the new theme. It seems… squished. The “juicy” content is squeezed into half the screen, leaving nothing but a dry husk.

    I think that was one of my better comparasions. Hm.

  • TeacherMom

    I think I agree. The sidebars are too wide, and on a small monitor the main column gets pushed too tightly against the edge. I tried the new zBench and didn’t like how the links looked just like the main text until you moused over them. I’ve always hated that effect.

    I tried Coraline, which I liked but which has a quirky way of displaying the H2 level headings (making them bigger than the post title), and I didn’t want to go back and edit all my old posts to resize the headings. They say that the 3rd time is a charm, but I don’t think I like Fusion either.

    I wonder what I should try next… and whether I’ll end up going back to my familiar Digg theme in the end?

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