Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 0. Yes we are starting off counting with Zero, because Zero is a very important number in math but also because Zero is worth nothing and that’s what you are getting in this episode. You will get no mathematical insights just a preview of what this podcast is all about.
This podcast is for my fellow Recovering Traditionalists out there. If you don’t know whether or not you are a Recovering Traditionalist, here’s how I define us. We are math educators who used to teach math the traditional way. Flip lesson by lesson in the textbook, directly teaching step-by-step how to solve math problems. But now, we are working to change that to a style of teaching math that is fun and meets our students where they are at not just teaching what comes next in the textbook. We want to encourage our students to be thinkers, problem solvers, and lovers of mathematics..we are wanting to build our students math minds and not just create calculators.
If that is you, then this podcast is for you. I was a very traditional math teacher and now I’m a recovering traditionalist because it is hard to break out of the old way that we were taught math and the way that we have been teaching math to our students. I started this journey back in 2003 when I went back to get my Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction and now I want to help you by sharing the things I’ve learned along the way and to bring you some inspiration from other educators who are on this Recovering Traditionalist path.
There are two types of episodes I plan on doing in this podcast. The majority of the episodes will be me sharing a lesson I’ve learned about the teaching of mathematics. These are usually from book or articles I’ve read. I won’t be going in-depth on these topics because we’ve all sat through horrible Professional Development that didn’t pertain to us.
So I will be sharing the insight I had and giving you the resource I learned it from so that if it interests you, then you can go learn more. If it doesn’t well, then I’ve only wasted 5 minutes of your time.
The other type of episode will be interviews I do with fellow educators who are on the Recovering Traditionalist path. In these episodes you will hear from educators about how they have changed their teaching and how it has impacted their students’ learning. In these episodes I want you to get some inspiration and hear practical ways that teachers are working to Build Math Minds.
If that sounds like something you are interested in, then I hope you will subscribe to this podcast to ensure you get the weekly download.
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