Russell Davies, all the way back in 2006, in a post called How to Be Interesting:
The way to be interesting is to be interested. Youâ€™ve got to find whatâ€™s interesting in everything, youâ€™ve got to be good at noticing things, youâ€™ve got to be good at listening. If you find people (and things) interesting, theyâ€™ll find you interesting.
A teacher emailed me after my workshop at the Alaska State Math & Science Conference:
As I mentioned after your session, I watched your CUE talk and have since worked to cultivate my Feedly account to provide more perplexing math content, inspiration, and lesson ideas. I have followed ed-tech and blended learning resources on Twitter for years, but am looking to expand my resources for engaging and interesting math content.
So I’m going to share a certain set of blogs. I follow these blogs with so much devotion, I’d be surprised if I’ve missed more than a handful of their posts since I first started following. And I’ve been following some of them for close to ten years. Some are written by math teachers but most aren’t. They share two features in common:
- They link. Much of their content isn’t original, and little of it relates directly to math or pedagogy, but they share links that reliably light up the cluster of my neurons that loves to design lessons for kids. (A tech blogger inspired my Joulies lesson, for instance.)
- They’re interested. Even more than they’re interesting, they are self-evidently interested people who have cultivated a way of looking at the world and being in the world that I want for myself. They are voracious, omnivorous consumers of their surroundings.
I started to share this set of blogs in an email reply to the teacher, but I’d rather share them with all of you, and then I’d rather all of you share your own set of links in the comments, links that fit the bill I’ve described.