Help Your Students Become Mathematical Thinkers

Not Just Calculators

Are you tired of math textbooks that don’t fit the needs of your students?

I help teachers learn to love TEACHING MATH!


Let’s explore how I can help you
Build Your Math Mind!


Teaching math isn’t easy and for a lot of teachers it isn’t fun…like AT ALL!!

With the implement of new standards, assessments, and (for some) new curriculum, teachers are feeling bogged down and yet left out on their own to make sense of it all.

You’re Not Alone. I’m here to help with that.

Especially in this era of education, there is a lot of unknowns about what and how we should be teaching.

But, there is one thing I do want you to know:

Math isn’t taught, it’s caught.

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Hi!  I’m Christina Tondevold

a.k.a. The Recovering Traditionalist & Build Math Minds Facilitator

4 Quick Facts About Me

1.  I have 4 wonderful children and I thank the Lord that he changed the way I thought about mathematics before they arrived in my life so that I could provide math experiences for them, instead of math flash cards.

2.  I call myself a Recovering Traditionalist. I was a very traditional learner and teacher…give me an algorithm and I could solve it…give me any mental math or story problems and I would start sweating.

3.  I belive in the power of a postitive and growth mindset (for ourselves and our kiddos). Failure is often how we learn our best lessons…yet we try too hard to not let our students fail in class. Feeding them step-by-step directions on how to solve mathematics problems is NOT truly mathematics.

4.  My mother was my junior high English teacher and she would probably have a heart attack if she ever read anything I put out…well, except for the first book I published (she was my editor). I do not take the time to be grammatically correct and nothing is ever prefect {I would rather spend my time with my kids than ensure I wrote a complete sentence}.

“I have struggled with math my whole life and can honestly say I do not have good number sense because I was taught the “traditional” way as a child growing up in the 80’s. I never liked math because it was hard and never made sense to me. The Number Sense 101 course aligns foundational skills I can use to help my students truly understand numbers and how to move them through Cognitively Guided Instruction to help them achieve the facts and feel success. The assessments provided for each category will truly allow me to focus in on what each student needs and what areas to work on. I am so thankful for taking this course and I have enjoyed the “a-ha” moments I have had as I have watched each module. Instead of trying to complete 6 daily workbook pages that come with my curriculum, I am now going to provide meaningful experiences for students!” – Julie Campitelli – First Grade Teacher