Making Math Moments That Matter

Kyle Pearce & Jon Orr

Wondering how to create a classroom culture where students don't want to stop exploring mathematics when the bell rings? Kyle Pearce from TapIntoTeenMinds.com and Jon Orr from MrOrr-IsAGeek.com team up to uncover how we can Make Math Moments That Matter for every student in the math classroom from Kindergarten through Grade 12. Discover how you

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In another “Where are they now?” episode series we bring back on 5th grade math teacher Matt Makuch from Victoria BC. Matt’s back to talk about the changes he made in his classroom around Vertical non-permanent surfaces, anticipating student solutions, and differentiating his instruction to meet all levels of learners in his class.  This is another  Math Mentoring Moment episode where we talk with a member of the Math Moment Maker Community who is working through struggles and together we brainstorm possible next steps and strategies to overcome them.  You’ll Learn:  How to help the varying levels of learners in your classroom;  What it looks like to spiral your curriculum;  How Vertical Non-Permanent surfaces can change your career!  What we should really be focussing on when we’re planning our lessons.  Resources:  Matt’s First Episode on our Podcast Episode 9 with Kirstyn Dyck Episode 14 with Sunil Singh Episode 45 with James Tanton & Exploding Dots Episode 45 with Peter Lijedahl  Random Grouping Cards from Jon Episode 44 with Christina Tondevold Episode 33 with Peg Smith & 5 Practices Episode 10 with Jo Boaler  Steve Wyborney’s Resources The Complete Guide to Spiralling Your Math Class Problem Based Tasks and Units  from the Academy Matthew Makuch on Twitter

Sep 28

42 min

In this episode Eli Luberoff, the CEO of Desmos not only shares why he thinks most ed-tech software doesn’t make the grade he shares significant insight on what makes Desmos a thought leader in math education.  Stick around while we chat about how ed-tech can hinder learning and how ed-tech can help learning; how a software company’s guiding design principles can make you a better coach and/or teacher; and, why we need to be active and not passive when ensuring accessibility and equity in our classrooms.  You’ll Learn:  How can ed-tech hinder learning and how can ed-tech help learning; How a software company’s guiding design principles can make you a better coach and/or teacher; Why we need to be active and not passive when ensuring accessibility and equity in our classrooms.  Resources:  Desmos.com Learn.desmos.com Teacher.desmos.com  Facebook Educators Group Desmos on Twitter

Sep 21

46 min

Today we speak with Maia from the Boston area. Maia is a middle school math teacher and is working hard to make all students feel a sense of belonging in her classroom just like they felt when they were in Grade 2. You’ll hear about her own Math Moment that she remembers from math class and how it inspires her to build her own lessons, the work she’s been doing implementing structures from the Routines for Reasoning book, and how she wants to better help her students gain confidence to share their “rough draft thinking” with their peers.    This is another Math Mentoring Moment episode where we talk with a member of the Math Moment Maker Community who is working through common problems of practice where together we brainstorm possible next steps and strategies to overcome them.  You’ll Learn:  How “true” expertise can help you Spark Curiosity “on the fly”;  How to build a middle school math class culture where students feel as safe as they did back in grade 2;  How to help students build confidence to share their “rough draft thinking” with their peers; How mathematical models can be used as tools for thinking and to represent thinking to build a collaborative math learning environment; and, How you can build your own math content knowledge through resources and courses currently available related to proportional reasoning. Resources:  Routines for Reasoning: Fostering the Mathematical Practices in All Students [Book]  The Progression of Division - Graham Fletcher [VIDEO] The Progression of Division - Kyle Pearce [BLOG ARTICLE] More Progression Concept Articles [Book]  Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally [BOOK] Landscapes of Learning: An Interview with Cathy Fosnot [EPISODE #24] The Concept Holding Your Students Back [PROPORTIONAL REASONING COURSE]

Sep 14

48 min

Today on this Where Are They Now Math Mentoring we speak with Laura Tomas from Palm Beach county in Florida. Laura ‘s been teaching for 28 years and she’s an instructional coach for her school.  Laura chats with us today about how she’s applied the suggestions and learning from our conversation back on episode 46 to help her teachers grow as educators. Laura shares how she implemented her plan, what struggles she had, and where she looks to go next as an instructional coach.  This is another  Math Mentoring Moment episode where we talk with a member of the Math Moment Maker Community who is working through struggles and together we brainstorm possible next steps and strategies to overcome them.  You’ll Learn:  How to help teachers change their mindset towards growth.  Using Lesson study to co-plan and co-teach math lessons.  How to lead daringly  Resources:  Laura onTwitter @iteachthewhy  Learningthroughmath.com Episode 30: The Most Effective PD You’re Not Doing Get Better Faster [Book]  Daring to Lead [Book]  Adding Parents to the Equation [Book]

Sep 7

41 min

Today we speak with Carmen Sinatra from Richmond Hill Ontario. Carmen is gearing up for her new school year during the pandemic and like many teachers she’s asking questions like: How can we safely use vertical non-permanent surfaces in our classrooms? How do we create groups? How do I plan a 2.5 hour math block?  This is another  Math Mentoring Moment episode where we talk with a member of the Math Moment Maker Community who is working through struggles and together we brainstorm possible next steps and strategies to overcome them.  You’ll Learn:  What we can do to engage students during COVID19 How to plan a class that is double the time compared to our “normal” class time.  How we can safely use vertical non-permanent surfaces in our classrooms during the pandemic.   How we can make groups safely?  What consolidation prompts could look like during COVID19 Resources:  Episode 21: The Thinking Classroom Scavenger Hunt Task Make Math Moments Tasks and Units

Aug 31

58 min

This week, Jon and Kyle reflect on their experience teaching remotely and realize that while the experience was (and continues to be) a struggle for many, with hardship comes new learning.  Stick around as we search for the silver linings that can easily go unnoticed.   You’ll Learn:  What distance learning has taught us about engagement; What distance learning has taught us about assessment; What distance learning has taught us about meeting students where they are; and, What we can do about it! Resources:  Course: The Concept Holding Your Students Back → Register now! Unmasking Educations’s Biggest Buzzword  I Wish You BAD LUCK ![VIDEO] Supreme Court Justice John Roberts' Unconventional Speech to His Son's Graduating Class Progression of Multiplication [Blog Article] The Progression of Division - Graham Fletcher [VIDEO] The Progression of Division - Kyle Pearce [BLOG ARTICLE] More Progression Concept Articles [Book]  Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally [BOOK] Landscapes of Learning: An Interview with Cathy Fosnot [EPISODE #24]

Aug 24

46 min

That there is Whitney Becker - a middle school math teacher from Alabama. Whitney joined us to discuss what activities are great on the first day of school to show students what we as teachers value instead of just going over the rules and syllabus.  This is another  Math Mentoring Moment episode where we talk with a member of the Math Moment Maker Community who is working through struggles and together we brainstorm possible next steps and strategies to overcome them. You’ll Learn:  What activities should I use on the first day of school? How do I show my students what I value early in the course?  What activities are good for group work?  Should we do a math activity on the first day? Resources:  Cell Phone Problem From Illustrative Math  What Do You Do On The First Day Of School? - Dan Meyer Name Tents How To Start The School Year Off Right / Episode 36 100 Numbers To Get Students Talking Amsti.org TapIntoTeenMinds.com  Stacking Paper  R2D2 - MrOrr-isageek.com Hot Chocolate Unit Take the Make Math Moments From A Distance Course for FREE with the First 30 days on us.

Aug 17

58 min

Today we speak with the creator of the 3-act math structure, Guinness Book of World Record holder, national speaker, and Chief Academic Officer at Desmos, Dan Meyer.  We get the dirt on Dan’s background as a student and early days as a teacher. He shares his insights on what lessons should look like, sound like and he lets us in on what a Chief Academic Officer really does.  Stick around and you learn the origin story of the 3-Act math structure and why you need to know about it; how to use what you value in math lessons to bring out wonder and perplexity; the good and bad of ed-tech: what makes a great tech tool while teaching remotely; and, tow being culturally aware humans can make us better teachers. What you’ll learn:  The origin story of the 3-Act math structure and why you need to know about it.  What we value in a math lesson and how to use wonder and perplexity to teach those values.  The good and bad of ed-tech: what makes a great tech tool while teaching remotely.  How being culturally aware humans can make us better teachers.  Resources:  Dan Meyer’s TED Talk: Math Class Needs A Makeover How To Make Math Moments in Your Class 3-Acts of a Mathematical Story Dan on Twitter:  Dan’s Blog Hema Khodai’s Twitter

Aug 10

52 min

Kyle and Jon share their insights on what was working and what needed improvement from their emergency remote teaching time before summer and provide suggestions on how you can start this coming school year off on the right foot.  Stick around and you’ll hear how to set the stage to inspire curiosity throughout the school year; how to build trust with your students so you can create an inclusive classroom culture; and, activities that are essential for the first day of class.  You’ll Learn:  How to set the stage to inspire curiosity throughout the school year;  How to build trust with your students so you can create an inclusive classroom culture;  Activities that are essential for the first day of class.  How to engage your students in your schooling format [face-to-face, remote, blended].  Resources:  How to Start the School Year Off Right [Episode 36] Register for our How To Start The School Year Off Right Webinar Less is More in Math Distance Learning [Larry Ferlazzo]  Name Tents - Sara VanDerWerf

Aug 3

63 min

In this episode we speak with Math Moment Maker Stephanie Moore from North Carolina. Stephanie is a college instructor recently became a Making Math Moments Certified Educator after enrolling in our Full Online Workshop.  We chat with Stephanie about how to prepare students who are underprepared, how to handle lesson flops and what to do next, and what can you do when it seems everyone is struggling.  This is another  Math Mentoring Moment episode where we talk with a member of the Math Moment Maker Community who is working through struggles and together we brainstorm possible next steps and strategies to overcome them.  You’ll Learn:  How to prepare students who are underprepared; How to ensure we cover content when teaching with problem based lessons; What to do after you have a big lesson flop; What you can do to assess your students in replace of always testing; How to look at your class when it seems everyone is struggling.  Resources:  Episode #26: How To Overcome A Common Math Myth From K Through College Episode #36: How To Start The School Year Off Right Good Questions: Great Ways to Differentiate Mathematics - Standards Based Good Questions: Great Ways to Differentiate Mathematics YouCubed.org Make Math Moments Academy

Jul 27

52 min

Today we’re speaking with Robert Q. Berry, he’s the current NCTM president, he’s a professor in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, and author of numerous books and articles on equity issues in mathematics education. Stick around to hear Robert discuss math moments he’s had as a student and a teacher. We’ll dive into a book series he’s been working on: Catalyzing Change, we’ll answer questions like: why we need to spark wonder and joy in our students and how you can implement equitable teaching practices into your classroom. You’ll Learn:  Why the book series Catalyzing Change needs to be your “next book”; Why we need to spark wonder and joy in our students; and, How you can implement equitable teaching practices into your classroom.  Resources:  FIND MORE ROBERT Q. BERRY Nctm Board of Directors Page University of Virginia  Twitter https://twitter.com/robertqberry Catalyzing Change in High School Mathematics [BOOK] High School Mathematics Lessons to Explore, Understand, and Respond to Social Injustice [BOOK]

Jul 20

45 min

While many of us are passionate about teaching mathematics, we’ve found that more often than not many educators do not leave ourselves enough time, energy, or maybe just aren’t interested in learning about money management and in particular, investing despite how mathematically centered finance is.  This episode is a little different in what we normally share, but we feel that financial literacy is so important for our students to learn and in turn, we must learn about it as well.  So, sit back and listen in while we get down and dirty with why you need to learn about managing money, what to do with that “extra” money you’re saving by getting started with investing, and create a framework in your life where finances are taken care of so you can “Get on with your life!” Let’s get into it!  You’ll Learn:  Why you should manage your own finances.  How you can get started with investing?  How can you create a framework in your life where finances are taken care of so you can “get on with your life!” Resources:  Wealthy Barber Rich Dad, Poor Dad Rule One Investing Money For Nothing and Your Stocks For Free InvestED Podcast 30minutestocktrader.com/thetatrading Free 1 hour webinars each week Go over the strategy… Thetatradingco.com  Email: info@thetatradingco.com

Jul 13

47 min

Today we speak with Ryan Foley from Spokane, Washington. Ryan is a 6th grade math and science teacher, who became a Making Math Moments That Matter Certified Teacher after taking our online workshop! What you’re about to hear is another Math Mentoring Moment episode where we speak with a math moment maker like you who is working on a problem of practice. Together, we’ll brainstorm a plan for overcoming these challenges.  In particular, we chat with Ryan about how to select and sequence your student work while running your lesson; why planning with purpose will allow you to be more flexible in the classroom; and how to build purposeful practice into your lesson plans.   You’ll Learn:  How to select and sequence your student work while running your lesson.  Why planning with purpose will allow you to be more flexible in the classroom.  How do I build in purposeful practice into my lesson plan.    Resources:  Appointment Clock Wipebook Flipchart Special Discount

Jul 6

39 min

In this episode we speak with Ilana Horn - A professor of math education at Vanderbilt University. Llana’s work is motivated by the underperformance of students in mathematics. Today we talk with Llana about her book Motivated and what is needed to START to motivate your students.  Ilana calls her book the prequel to Peg Smith and Mary K. Stein’s book The 5 Practices to Orchestrating Productive Mathematical Discussions and we can’t agree more. There’s so much that we overlook when planning lessons that will either make or break what you do in the classroom.  You’ll Learn:  The two most important things to consider when motivating your students.  How to help colleagues motivate students.  What it means to be smart at math Resources: Ilanahorn.com  Motivated [Book] - Ilana Horn Twitter: @ilana_horn

Jun 29

41 min

Francis Su is a professor at Harvey Mudd College in California, he’s a past president of the Mathematical Association of America, he’s won multiple awards for teaching, and he’s the author of a new book Mathematics for Human Flourishing.  In this episode we chat with Francis about how learning mathematics can help us become better human beings; how can mathematics help us become better at exploring truth and justice; and, how to change your assessment to reflect what you value. You’ll Learn:  How learning mathematics can help become a better human being.  How can mathematics help us become better at exploring truth and justice. How to change your assessment to reflect what you value.  Resources:  Mathematics for Human Flourishing Francissu.com  Mudd Math Fun Facts - 200+ Warm-Up Problems

Jun 22

42 min

In another “Where are they now?” episode series we bring back on 6th grade math teacher Sam Brotherton from St. Louis Missouri. Sam’s back to talk about the changes he made in his classroom around assessment, lesson design and how practice fits in. He also talks to us about his new challenges around personalized learning.  This is another  Math Mentoring Moment episode where we talk with a member of the Math Moment Maker Community who is working through struggles and together we brainstorm possible next steps and strategies to overcome them.  You’ll Learn:  The difference between Individualized Learning, Differentiated Learning, and Personalized Learning.  How to create balance among different modes of instruction in your course.  How we can spark the love of learning in our students. Resources:  Episode #54 What does an effective math block look like? Flex math block visual Open up resources

Jun 15

50 min

That is Hema Khodai, an educator who lives relatively close to Kyle and I in Mississauga Ontario. Hema is a high school math teacher turned instructional resource teacher. We speak with Hema today about her 2019 Make Math Moments Virtual Summit presentation called “Who is a Mathematician”. Hema’s session was one of the most watched sessions during our two-day virtual conference back in November.  Stick around to hear how relationships help build / or wreck a student's ability to identify as a mathematician; why it’s so important that we educators know our why; and how math has to be a community endeavour.    You’ll Learn:  How relationships help build / or wreck a student's ability to identify as a mathematician.  Why it’s so important that we educators know our why.  How math has to be a community endeavour Resources:  Make Math Moments Virtual Summit - Get on the waitlist for 2020.  Start With Why - Simon Sinek [Book] It Takes A Community - Hema Khodai Twitter - Hema Khodai

Jun 8

35 min

Listen in to Craig Guthrie share his insights on comparing learning and teaching math in Israel to learning and teaching math here in North America. Both Craig and our own Kyle Pearce recently visited Tel Aviv to learn what math looks like in Israel and share the Make Math Moments 3-Part Framework with their fantastic math educators.  Stick around to hear about what educators struggle with on the other side of the world and how students are learning math --- is it different than here? You’ll Learn:  Help educators get perspective beyond our own context.  Learning is both similar and unique in different countries.  Educators worldwide struggle with many of the same issues.  Students all around the world want to be curious and learn math in interesting ways. Resources:  Episode 58: How we stared a math council and why you should too.

Jun 1

39 min

In this episode we chat with Jennifer L’Arrivee a high school science and math teacher from British Columbia. After learning about spiralling in our online workshop this past Fall, Jennifer is on a mission to implement a content organizational structure that will maximize retention and understanding in her science and math classes. Listen in as she picks our brains about best approaches to stay organized both with content standards and with classroom activities.  Stick around for this mentoring moment episode where we brainstorm with Jennifer how we can be more intentional with our planning, how to organize our day-to-day using google spreadsheets, and how to organize a whole course so you’re not overwhelmed.  You’ll Learn:  How to be more intentional with your planning; How to organize your day-to-day plans;  How to organize your course so that you’re not overwhelmed Resources:  Episode 36 - How to start the school year off right [Ali, can you grab this link?]  Peek into Jon’s classroom.  Google Spreadsheet day-to-day for workplace math [MEL3E]

May 25

46 min

You’re listening to the ever so charming math teacher & department chair at the Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles, and debate guru Chris Luzniak.  We chat with Chris about why we should have students debate in math class, how you can get started with this routine in any classroom, what pitfalls to watch out for, and where you can go to get resources to make this happen in your classroom!  Let the Debate begin!!!!  Let’s do it!    Resources: Up For Debate [Book]  Luzniak.com Twitter: @Cluzniak #DebateMath

May 18

37 min

Hey there, Math Moment Makers! This episode is a little different from our usual episodes as we look to give you a glimpse of some of the other places that we’re trying to learn with Math Moment Makers like YOU from around the world. In addition to hosting this podcast each week and working our day jobs in classrooms, we also host the Make Math Moments Academy. The Academy is a membership site for ongoing professional development and support specifically crafted for teachers who are seeking ways to create Math Moments on a regular basis in their classrooms.  Each month we usually hold a LIVE Q & A session with our members to talk about current problems of practice from the classroom, but right now, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have been meeting weekly!  These chats have been really energizing, so we wanted to share a recent recording of our LIVE Q&A Webcall from April 22 2020.   You’ll Learn:  Our daily routines during this pandemic.  What are districts doing with grades, exams, and promotion to the next grade; and, What does a 3-act task look like when it’s not in your classroom? Resources:  https://makemathmoments.com/webinar  https://makemathmoments.com/academy 

May 11

55 min

In today’s episode, we welcome Math Moment Maker, John Stevens to the podcast! John is an instructional coach for mathematics and technology, who not only supports the teachers he works with throughout his district, but educators from around the world with his many resources.  Dive into this episode with John and we’ll unpack how you can facilitate debates in math class using his free online resource, wouldyourathermath.com, how to bring parents to the table with his Table Talk Math resources, and a great resource parents can lean on to help their children avoid the dreaded summer slide. You’ll Learn:  How you can spark and facilitate arguments and discussions in your math class.  What wouldyourathermath.com can do to change your classroom culture.  How to help parents bring math to the table so they can support their children.  What you can do to help your students eliminate summer slide.  Resources:  Wouldyourathermath.com John’s User Guide - Would You Rather Math  Table Talk Math [Book] Math Before Bed Adding parents to the equation https://makemathmoments.com/episode49/  @jstevens009  john@tabletalkmath.com Fishing4tech.com

May 4

50 min

In another in a series of “Where Are They Now?” episodes we chat with Kirsten Dyck a part-time teacher and part-time math coach. We chatted with Kirsten way back in episode #9 about Intentionality and learning goal.  In this episode we hear from Kirsten how she’s made progress on her goals since we last spoke.  Stick around and you’ll learn how she’s adapted the Thinking Classroom to further student learning; how she has focused on making the connection and consolidation stage of her lessons a priority; and how she’s applying coaching techniques to incrementally nudge her teachers down a path toward a thinking classroom.  You’ll Learn:  How she’s adapted the Thinking Classroom to further student learning; How she has focused on making the connection and consolidation stage of her lessons a priority; and,  How she’s applying coaching techniques to incrementally nudge her teachers down a path toward a thinking classroom. RESOURCES:  https://makemathmoments.com/trial  Episode 9: Planning with Intentionality: A Math Mentoring Moment with Kirsten Dyck Episode 21: The Thinking Classroom

Apr 27

51 min

Cathy Yenca is a middle school teacher from Austin, Texas who has been leading the charge in effective math teaching pedagogy and effective use of technology in math class.  The Mathy Cathy blog is a go-to spot not only because she routinely shares great resources and reflections, but because she is constantly sharing interesting ways to use technology to help her formatively assess students on an ongoing basis and to give her students a voice in math class.  You’ll Learn:  How to effectively use technology in your math class.  How technology can be a hindrance to learning and how you can overcome those obstacles.  How you can avoid tech-overwhelm so you can do what matters most.  What the focus of using tech should be and what it shouldn’t be.  Resources:  Seeking Students Who Hide [Socrative]  The Way Digital Tools Are Used Can Make A Difference NCTM Article:  Mathy Cathy Blog  Using Keynote To Explore Math Relationships [iBooks]  Cathy’s Shadowcon Talk www.Knowledgehook.com  @mathycathy Teacher.desmos.com Nearpod Socrative

Apr 20

50 min

In another “Where Are They Now?” episode we chat with Katrien Vance a teacher of 25+ years from Charlottesville, Virginia  who has participated in our online workshop over a year ago; she’s a member of the Make Math Moments Academy, and she’s a make math moments podcast alumni.   We spoke with Katrien way back on episode 8 where we heard all about her transformation from a traditional teacher into a curiosity instigator. If you haven’t listened to episode 8 yet, we won’t hold it against you if you pause this one and cue up that episode. You won’t regret it.  In this Where are they now episode Katrien fills us in on what her classroom has looked liked and sounded like over the past year, as well as how she is dealing with emergency remote teaching in this age of the COVID-19 Pandemic.  You’ll Learn:    How you can build curiosity remotely.    What does the 5 practices look like when we’re not all together? How we can slow down and focus on what matters.  Resources:  https://makemathmoments.com/tasks https://makemathmoments.com/trial

Apr 13

53 min

Today we interview Pam Harris; a former high school teacher turned mathematics consultant living in Austin Texas. When she’s not teaching pre-service teachers at Texas State University, she’s out and about leading K-12 mathematics professional development sessions, writing books, and courses. We’re eager to share this fantastic conversation with Pam about what it means to do math, defining the “end goal” when teaching a concept, discussing the difference between models and strategies, and why math is FIGUREOUTABLE! You’ll Learn:  What does it mean to do math?  The end goal when students are learning number sense concepts. Why Emerging models vs showing models Why math is figureoutable and how you can convince students and parents.  Why we need to understand the development of mathematical reasoning and how you can use it in your classroom. Resources:  #mathstratchat https://twitter.com/pwharris?lang=en @pwharris Mathisfigureoutable.com NCTM Math Focal Points Young Mathematicians At Work [Book]

Apr 6

58 min

That is the Math Moment Maker Takiesha Martinez from San Antonio Texas. Takiesha talks with us about how to decide which resources are the best for her students, how to create an inclusive learning environment, how to increase mathematical discourse and collaboration, and how to plan with intentionality so that you can get the most out of your resources. What you’re about to hear is another Math Mentoring Moment Episode where we speak with a math moment maker like you who is working on a problem of practice and together we brainstorm a plan for overcoming these challenges.  You’ll Learn:  How to create an inclusive learning environment.  How to increase mathematical discourse and collaboration. How being more explicit with verbal instructions can change the level of engagement through discourse and collaboration.  How to plan with intentionality so that you can get the most out of your resources.  Resources:  https://makemathmoments.com/lesson1

Mar 30

48 min

In this extra episode of the Making Math Moments That Matter Podcast we’re sharing a recording of our Monthly Live Q and A call with the Make Math Moments Academy members. In this live chat Jon & Kyle discuss the COVID-19 Pandemic and how it’s affecting our home-work life and the home-school life of our students. They answer questions from the community around teaching online, engaging students with math when working from home and resources that can help you do that.  You’ll Learn:  What should we prioritize when working from home? How can we engage our students when teaching online? What resources are helpful when engaging students online with math? Resources:  https://makemathmoments.com/academy  Knowledgehook.com Brainingcamp.com Flipgrid.com Teacher.desmos.com

Mar 27

57 min

Today we speak with a 23 year veteran teacher from Alabama; Tiffany Roddy. Tiffany joins us on this Math Mentoring Moment episode where we will explore a struggle or challenge she is working on and together we’ll brainstorm next steps to ignite her teacher moves!  Stick around and you’ll learn how you can move away from the “I do, we do, you do” approach to teaching math class; how you can gain more time in your course instead of feeling like you’re always behind; and finally, we’ll dive into the two moments that are most important in your lesson. You’ll Learn:    How to get your students to share their thinking instead of wait and get.  How can I move away from the I do, we do, you do math class.  How do I pace my timing?  What two moments are the most important in your lesson.   Resources: Principles to Action [Book]  https://tapintoteenminds.com/3act-math/stacking-paper - Stacking paper  https://tapintoteenminds.com/3act-math/penny-a-day wipebook.com/40moments https://makemathmoments.com/framework WHEN by Daniel Pink - https://amzn.to/2P6xFZl http://wodb.ca/ - Which One Doesn't Belong Flippity.net - Random cards set by Jon Visualpatterns.org Mashupmath.com https://www.facebook.com/groups/mathmomentmakers

Mar 23

49 min

In this episode, we’ll dive into a conversation with Dr. Kristopher Childs, a Mathematics Educator, Presenter, and Speaker from Orlando, Florida. Kris joins us for an insightful conversation about shifting mathematics instruction from the “I do, We do, You do” approach to a problem based teaching model broken down into 6 stages. As the conversation progresses, we will learn that not only does Kris dislike the gradual release of responsibility model for math class; he passionately describes why it actually “sucks”. Listen in as we discuss how we can make changes to our mathematics teaching practice to increase access and equity for all students. You’ll Learn:  The 6 stages of mathematics instruction and why you should be thinking about them as you prepare your lessons.  How to Teach for Depth and not width How to view assessment as a way to learn who you students are.  How can we help parents who want to help their kids.  Why we need to ditch the gradual release of responsibility.  How to promote access and equity in the mathematics classroom Resources:  Progressions Documents for the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Graham Fletcher’s Progression videos A Talk To Teachers - James Baldwin [PDF] White Rage - Carol Anderson [Book] https://kristopherchilds.com/  http://kristopherchilds.com/podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrKChilds  https://makemathmoments.com/companion

Mar 16

69 min

In episode 67 we speak with Karen Huber, a third grade math teacher from San Antonio Texas. Karen has taken a deep dive with us in our Full Online workshop, she’s a member of the make math moments academy and today in this Math Mentoring Moment Episode we talk about how to promote reasoning and proving with our students instead of focusing on just answer getting.  Stick around and you’ll learn strategies to get students to value math strategies over right and wrong answers, and …. what’s the 10-10-10 rule? and how you can help you think about student learning progressions so that you can give appropriate feedback You’ll Learn:  How to help students dive deeper into their learning instead of just answer getting.  How to use questioning to engage students.  What’s the 10-10-10 rule and how it can help us think about student learning progressions. Resources:  https://tapintoteenminds.com/3act-math/massive-mosaic/ https://makemathmoments.com/academy https://makemathmoments.com/onlineworkshop

Mar 9

45 min

Today we speak with Mike Fynn, a national speaker on teacher education, the director of mathematics education at Mount Holyoke College and all around super nice guy! Mike shares with us how to spark change amongst teachers you work with, how to make habits that stick, why some moments from math class stick with us and some don’t, and how we can “break the script” to help students learn math at a deeper level.  You’ll Learn:  How to spark change amongst teachers you work with.  How to make habits that stick.  How to elevate moments in math class.  How “breaking the script” helps students learn math.  Resources:  Switch: How To Change Things When Things Are Hard. Atomic Habits: James Clear http://mathleadership.org/understanding-resistance-to-change/ http://mathleadership.org/1618-2/

Mar 2

56 min

We are bringing you another Make Math Moments MASTERCLASS!  Do you know what concept is holding your students back the most? PROPORTIONAL REASONING!  We have found that reasoning proportionally is the concept that prevents  many students from developing a deeper level of thinking towards number sense, algebra, measurement, and functions!  In this episode we’ll explore why our students are struggling with this concept, how we can help students from various grades, and how you can develop a deeper understanding of proportional reasoning so you can ensure your students …  You’ll Learn:  Why our students are struggling with this proportional reasoning.  How we can help students from various grades.  How you can develop a deeper understanding of proportional reasoning so you can ensure your students get that deep learning you’re looking for.  Resources:  https://makemathmoments.com/proportions

Feb 24

53 min

Today we have GFletchy himself! Yes, today on the podcast we have 3-Act Math Task Builder, National Speaker, and Math Specialist Graham Fletcher. Stick around while we chat with our good ol Canadian friend who’s transplanted in America on what it really means to assess, how to leverage engagement in your math class, where some teachers miss the mark when teaching through tasks, why tasks are great for formative assessment rather than summative assessment, and how to view your lesson from 60000 ft instead 6 inches.  You’ll Learn:  How coaching sports is like teaching math & how it’s not.  What it really means to assess.  Where student intuition lives How to leverage engagement in your math class Where teachers miss the mark when teaching through tasks Why tasks are great for formative assessment rather than summative assessment How to view your lesson from 60000 ft instead 6 inches.     Resources:  Estimation180.com estimation180.com  Gfletchy.com Twitter: @gfletchy Graham’s Fractions course on Build Math Minds

Feb 17

52 min

Christina Marin a dedicated and reflective middle school teacher from the Bay Area in California. We talk with christina today about struggles around how students are resistant to learning through productive struggle. Especially students who have been successful in traditional math classes.  In our conversation we talk  about how using purposeful questioning and planning can give you the confidence you need to convince students that the struggle is worth it.  You’ll Learn:  How to use purposeful questions to keep students in a state of flow.  How planning your learning goals and your consolidation will give your students confidence.  How to convince parents that teaching through struggle is worthwhile.    Resources:  Principles to Action [Book]  Stacking paper  https://tapintoteenminds.com/3act-math/stacking-paper/   Voting Booth “Every Vote Counts” https://www.cemc.uwaterloo.ca/resources/potw/2014-15/POTWC-14-NN-PA-19-P.pdf Principles to Actions - 8 effective teaching practices - Executive Summary https://www.nctm.org/uploadedFiles/Standards_and_Positions/PtAExecutiveSummary.pdf   3 part math lesson - John Van De Walle & Kyle’s 4 part math lesson https://tapintoteenminds.com/4-part-math-lesson/   Episode 33 - 5 Practices with Peg Smith  http://makemathmoments.com/episode33

Feb 10

48 min

We have a treat for you today. We’re speaking with the great and obviously passionate Dr. Nicki Newton. By the end of this episode you’ll wish Nicki could just keep on going. She shares with us today her passion about learning trajectories and why we all need to learn them for various mathematical ideas.  She fills us in why we should be using running running records, and she gives you many knowledge bombs and resources during this one hour session.  You’ll Learn:  Why you need to understand learning trajectories in math class. The stages of counting and why you need to know them.   Should we be departmententalizing our schools or not?  Why running records are so important for your students learning pathway.  Resources:  Mathematizing Your School [Book]  Levelling Math Workstations Grade K-2 [Book]  Learning Trajectories Kathy Richardson Books Fluency Doesn’t Just Happen [Book] Math Running Records in Action [Book] https://www.mathrunningrecords.com/

Feb 3

58 min

Ever felt like you were blindly teaching through the textbook to "cover" the curriculum? We have too! Teaching math exclusively from your textbook is like teaching with a bag over your head. The textbook doesn’t allow you to SEE your students. It doesn’t take into account who your students are and where they are on their learning path. The textbook doesn’t allow you to HEAR your students. It struggles to provide meaningful opportunities for your students to discuss, collaborate, and reason with peers. The textbook doesn’t provide resources that spark curiosity and ENGAGE your students. BUT ... Throwing out the textbook is NOT the answer either. Why spend hours of your limited planning time searching the internet for better resources just to find that you have to PAY for those resources out of your own pocket? Instead, learn how to use the resources you already have access to so that you can Make Math Moments That Matter! You’ll Learn:  Engage your students using resources you already have; Modify textbook problems and exercises so that they spark curiosity in your students; Use the Make Math Moments Curiosity Path so that your students will not only love math class but also learn to think deeply; Formative assessment techniques that enhance your existing curriculum / or pacing guide; and, Transform your resources into tools that promote resilience in your students. Resources:  https://makemathmoments.com/nextsteps

Jan 27

69 min

In this Math Mentoring Moment Episode we speak with Patrick Kosal. Patrick a math coach from Mooresville, North Carolina - who isn’t seeing that ongoing drive to continue striving effective teaching practices in the teachers he works with. Stick with us as we learn how working with teachers is similar to working with students and how it’s not! How we can spark a love of learning in teachers we work with. Easy strategies to help "resistor teachers" change ineffective (but comfortable) old-school practices? And… How can we help teachers address the issue of “we don’t have enough time”   You’ll Learn:  How is working with teachers is similar to working with students and how it’s not!  How we can spark a love of learning in teachers we work with.  Easy strategies to help "resistor teachers" change ineffective (but comfortable) old-school practices? How can we help teachers address the issue of “we don’t have enough time”.    Resources:  Coaching Habit [Book]  Principle to Action [Book]

Jan 20

61 min

Today we speak with Sarah Schaefer who is the go-to person when learning about the Singapore Methodology. Sarah is the Principal at M4thodology in Atlantic beach Fl and unleashes a bunch of great tips and ideas on how to use the singapore methodology in your classroom. You’ll also hear about how the Singapore method falls in line with the 5 practices and how you can use lesson study to avoid teacher isolation.  You’ll Learn:  What is Singapore Math Methodology? How you can incorporate singapore methodology in your classroom. How Singapore methodology connects with the 5 practices framework.  How lesson study helps you plan your lessons. 

Jan 13

59 min

Today we speak with Craig Guthrie and Brenda Delduca as they share their insights, wisdom and experience on starting up a math council in their school. Craig and Brenda both joined our very own Kyle Pearce among others in an international project with Canada and Norway.    Stick with us as they’ll also share what they learned about the power of student voice from visiting schools in Norway and how they brought that learning back to their school.    You’ll Learn:  EdTech will not be the saviour of your classroom.  What we can learn from the student-teacher relationship in Norway.  How including student voice will change your school and math classroom.  What is math council and how can you start one in your school?  What you need to consider when running a math council.  Resources:  Student voice: Transforming relationships (Monograph)  @mrsdelduca @craigguthrie4 

Jan 6

54 min

In this last episode of 2019 Kyle and Jon share their big success for the year, dive behind the scenes on the podcast, and discuss their plans and goals for 2020.    You’ll Learn:    How the podcast came to be; How the podcast reaches educators worldwide;  What’s the process from start to end to make a podcast; What big successes did Kyle & Jon have this year; and,  What the future looks like for Make Math Moments.      Resources:  https://makemathmoments.com/mentor https://makemathmoments.com/webinar    Top 10 Episodes of 2019  #36 How To Start The School Year Off Right #35 Visible Learning: An Interview with John Hattie #10 Mathematical Mindsets: An Interview With Dr. Jo Boaler #33 The 5 Practices: An Interview with Peg Smith #31 Daily Routines to Jump-Start Math Class: An Interview with John SanGiovanni #21 The Thinking Classroom: An interview with Peter Liljedahl #1   Introduction to Making Math Moments That Matter #32 The Formative Five: An Interview with Skip Fennell #38 How to Move Beyond Answer Getting. A Math Mentoring Moment #37 Hook, Line, & Sinker: An Interview with John Rowe

Dec 2019

42 min

That there is the highly respected math educator Lauren Baucom. Lauren is  from North Carolina and we chat with her today about her powerful and eye opening 2019 NCTM presentation “Whose Mathematics Is It anyways? (De)Tracking of Teachers & Students”   Stick around to hear how you can help students author their identities in math class; How math class should be like the Lauren’s Favourite TV show Great British Bake Off; Why we should consider how we track (stream) students in our schools, and three de-tracking stages Lauren helped put into place to help reduce inequities in her school.    You’ll Learn:  How to help students author their identities in math class; That math is a social experience; How math class should be like the Great British Bake Off; Why we should consider how we track (stream) students in our schools; Three stages to help de-tracking in your schools.   Resources:  Catalyzing change [book] Twitter: @LBmathemagician

Dec 2019

66 min

This week we chat with Sara VanDerWerf, former K-12 Math Lead with Minneapolis Public Schools who taught grades 7 through 12, the President of the Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and independent mathematics consultant. Lean in as we chat with Sara about her journey from being a fast “calculator” in her own K through 12 learning experience to focusing on making student thinking visible in the classroom. We can’t wait to dive into Sara’s backstory as well as some great tips and resources for your own teaching practice.     You’ll Learn:  How to help students see it before you show them and say it before you tell them;  Why asking kids to notice and wonder is so important as well as how to lead this protocol successfully in your own classroom;  Why Vertical Non-Permanent Surfaces (VNPS) are so helpful in math class; How to use Stand and Talks as an easy way to get kids moving and promote mathematical discourse in your classroom; and,  What the difference is between focusing questions and funnelling questions.    Resources:  Sara VanDerWerf.com [Website]  John Hattie on Inquiry Based Learning.  Add annie fetter’s ignite  Curiosity Path Stand and Talks Episode 21: Peter Liljedahl Why I believe cell phones should be in the math classroom [ BLog post] Chris Luzniak [Debate Math]  Backwards bike

Dec 2019

56 min

Today we speak with Rob Baier, a math learning specialist from southern Pennsylvania who is wondering what a truly effective math learning block should look like. What you’re about to hear is another Math Mentoring Moment Episode where we speak with a math moment maker like you who is struggling with an idea and together we brainstorm a plan for improvement.  Stick with us as we frame out with Rob what his 80 minute block should look like to fuel student sense making….  

Dec 2019

56 min

This week we sit down with problem creator, national presenter, and now author,  Robert Kaplinsky. In this tip-filled episode we chat with Robert about how to implement problem based lessons so kids high 5 each other, how we can squeeze open middle problems into our routines and why we should, and finally we chat about Robert’s mission to provide great professional development to teachers no matter their geographical location.  You’ll Learn:  What makes good problem based lessons and how to teach with them.  How to avoid creating math robots.  How to use x-ray vision to see what your students know.  How open middle problems can fit into your teaching routine.  Where you can find good math professional development.  Resources:  https://robertkaplinsky.com/ I Hope You’re Embarrassed  How much does a 100 by 100 cost?  Openmiddle.com  bit.ly/openmiddlebook bit.ly/openmiddlebookca Grassrootsworkshops.com

Dec 2019

49 min

Today we talk about a big concern from many teachers!! --- Assessment in math class. More specifically we speak with Steven Sevel, a teacher from Vaughan Ontario and our online Make math Moments Academy who has joined us for a math mentoring moment episode. Like many of us in the Math Moment Maker Community, Steven is continually asking questions about the best way to assess his students. Stay with us as we talk about the purpose of assessment, Standards based grading, feedback, assessment tools such as Freshgrade and mindset!  You’ll Learn:  What’s the true purpose of assessment is; How can I incorporate Standards based grading in my math class? What’s the role of feedback;  How can I use assessment tools such as Freshgrade;    Resources:  Assessment on MrOrr-isageek.com Assessment on tapintoteenminds.com Episode 40 and 42 with Michael Rubin on Spiralling  Episode 21 with Peter Liljedahl and Thinking Classrooms

Nov 2019

67 min

This week we talk with Jose Vilson, an educator from Harlem New York. Jose is a national speaker, an author he was  named one of GOOD Inc.’s GOOD100 in 2013 of leaders changing their worlds and an Aspen Ideas Scholar in 2013. He has also spoken at TEDxNYED, Education Writers Association Annual Conference, Netroots Nation, The US Department of Education, and the Save Our Schools March.  His blog, TheJoseVilson.com, was named one of the top 25 Education Blogs by Scholastic, and Education World. We chat with Jose today about How we should REIMAGINe THE WORK IN MATH CLASSROOMS, Why trust and classroom culture are the most important parts of teaching and Why Teacher Voice is important at the district level. You’ll Learn:  How we should reimagine the work in math classrooms Why trust and classroom culture are the most important parts of teaching.  What strategies and tips you can use to change your classroom culture.  Why Teacher Voice is important at the district level.  Resources:  www.Thejosevilson.com This is Not a Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education [Book]

Nov 2019

53 min

Join Jon & Kyle in this episode while they share why they created a math PD virtual summit, how it works, and why you NEED to register. Listen in as they outline classroom struggles many teachers have and how the summit sessions will help minimize those struggles.  You’ll Learn:  How to access high impact math PD from your couch.  How we can bring curiosity, wonder and joy into the math classroom! How to solve problems without cross multiplying while learning powerful ways to help students develop efficient and sophisticated proportional reasoning strategies. How to learn, lead, and live without barriers. The power of play and explore ways we can play with mathematics in your classroom. How can we empower students through estimation. How we can we teach students the confidence and wits to process content, solve problems, innovate, persevere, and engage in “big picture” thinking. How teachers can step into parents’ shoes and better understand the ways in which they can support parent understanding of the way we teach math today. How you can use “power tools” with your students to deepen learning and solve problems with efficiency. Resources:  The Make Math Moments Virtual Summit Wipebook on Dragon’s Den Wipebook Special Discount Visit: www.wipebook.ca/40moments (in Canada)  www.wipebook.com/40moments (outside Canada). Add any Wipebook products to your shopping cart. Check out to get 40% off your entire order!   Episode 21 - The Thinking Classroom  Episode 29 - Jennifer Chang Wathall  Episode 31 - John SanGiovanni - How to Jump Start Your Math Class Episode 32 - Skip Fennel - Formative Five

Nov 2019

63 min

We have two wonderful and hilariously entertaining educators who are passionate about helping parents navigate math education. Hilary Kresiberg and Matthew Beyranevand have co authored an amazing book called Adding Parents To The Equation. Stick around and learn how to help parents help their children with math at home, what resources parents can use to help nurture mathematics with their children, how to help parents navigate educational jargon, how to help parents develop their own growth mindset, how to support parents with the actual mathematics we teach and what teachers can do to support parents from the classroom.    You’ll Learn:  How to help parents help their children with math at home.  What resources can parents use at home to help nurture mathematics.  How to help parents navigate educational jargon How to help parents with growth mindset How to support parents with mathematics.  How teachers can support parents.  Resources:  Adding Parents To The Equation [Book]  Mathbeforebed.com Bedtime Math Mathematical Mindsets [Book] mindsetkit.org @mathwithmatthew ← free copy of his book if you tag him mathwithmatthew.com  @Dr_Kreisberg

Nov 2019

46 min

This week we chat with an eighth grade teacher in his 6th year of teaching trying to hash through resource overwhelm, assessment techniques, frameworks, and community building. In this Math Mentoring Moment episode Aseem Kelly shares with us the three levels of learning goals in math class, how to choose the best resources for your students, and how to narrow your focus so that your students can succeed.  You’ll Learn:  How to choose the best resources for your students;  How to narrow your focus so that your students can succeed.  How to avoid teacher overwhelm;  How to choose and help students work toward a learning goal.    Resources:  Desmos Pet House Project Thinking Classrooms - Peter L The Differentiated Classroom [Book] Fawn’s Blog Illustrative Mathematics Open Up Curriculum Jon’s 30 in 30  

Oct 2019

61 min

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