Build Math Minds
The Build Math Minds 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.
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Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 70. Today we are Implementing Ideas from the Virtual Math Summit.
This past week was the Virtual Math Summit!!!! I wanted to let you all know that we recently extended the free access period to August 12th due to the storms here in the United States and so many people who are without power. You can watch all the sessions over at the Virtual Math Summit main page buildmathminds.com/vms20, but I’ll also link it up over at the show notes for today’s episode at buildmathminds.com/70.
At the very end of these implementation chats, I asked each educator to share ONE THING that they think is very important to them that it gets implemented this year and in today’s episode I’m going to share the clips of them talking about their ONE THING. Okay, let’s get into it.read more
Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 69. Today we are talking about The 2020 Virtual Math Summit.
This week is the Virtual Math Summit!!!! In fact for those of you who are registered you will be sent a link to the pre-conference session that gets released tonight with Sheldon Eakins. If you aren’t registered you better get on over to buildmathminds.com/virtual-math-summit now because time is running out to get FREE access to these amazing math presentations. I’ll also link to the registration over at buildmathminds.com/69.
So to celebrate the 4th annual Virtual Math Summit I thought I’d take a clip from each of the 24 presentations so that you can get a preview of each session.read more
Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 68. Today we are talking about What Works Best.
We all know that we can pretty much find research to support any claim you ever want to make about what works when teaching. There’s research to say ability grouping works, there’s research to say it doesn’t. There’s research to say we should use manipulatives, there’s research to say we shouldn’t.
But when I hear that something has an effect-size of _____, it makes me give more pause to consider something.
If you aren’t familiar with effect-sizes, they come from the work of John Hattie that was published in the book Visible Thinking. I’ll link to it over on buildmathminds.com/68 so you can dig into it more. But, to summarize, Hattie did a meta-analysis and combined findings from 80,000 studies to find patterns to help us inform our practice. The effect size is the size of the effect certain things have on student learning.read more
Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 67. Today we are talking about Selecting & Sequencing Student Solutions.
I’m so excited that Peg Smith is presenting at the upcoming Build Math Minds Virtual Math Summit! Have you registered yet?? The link to register is over at buildmathminds.com/67 along with all the other resources I’m mentioning in this podcast.
So, Peg is a co-author of multiple books about The 5 Practices.
In this podcast I talk about why I’m so excited Peg is presenting at this year’s Build Math Minds Virtual Math Summit and why I can’t wait for you to learn from her. Get all the details at buildmathminds.com/67read more
Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 66. Today we are talking about how to Jump-start Math Class with Daily Routines.
I’m so excited that John is coming back this year to the present at the Build Math Minds Virtual Math Summit! John presented back in 2018 on Using Evidence to Find Misconceptions and Do Something About Them so those of you who are members of the Build Math Minds PD site go into the Virtual Math Summit area of the site and click on 2018, you will find John’s session in there.
If you haven’t registered for this year’s Virtual Math Summit make sure you go to buildmathminds.com/virtual-math-summit to get your free registration. John will be sharing some of his favorite number sense routines that are in his new book Daily Routines to Jump-Start Math Class and in today’s podcast I’m sharing a little snippet from that book. buildmathminds.com/66read more
Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 65. Today we are talking about Getting Started with Educational Equity.
Today I’m pleased to announce that someone I’ve been learning from about increasing Equity & Access in education has joined the line-up of speakers for the Build Math Minds Virtual Math Summit .
In my previous podcast I encouraged you to learn from Sheldon Eakins and the Leading Equity Center. I’m very excited that Sheldon will now be kicking off the BMM Virtual Math Summit and sharing with us 5 Steps Towards Equity.
So I decided that in today’s podcast I’d share an excerpt from a free resource Sheldon has on his website called Getting Started with Educational Equity: Ten Steps to Get You on The Right Path Towards Leading Equity. You can find it on his main site SheldonEakins.com but I’ll also give the direct link to request that download from him over on the show notes page buildmathminds.com/65.read more
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Episode #0: Welcome to the Build Math Minds Podcast
Episode #4: Inspiration from Ann Elise Record
Episode #6: Contexts for Learning Fractions
Episode #8: Inspiration & Information from Jeni Veale
Episode #10: Making Number Talks Matter
Episode #12: Inspiration & Information from Lisa Kuo
Episode #14: The Teaching Gap
Episode #16: Inspiration & Information from Lemi-Ola Erinkitola
Episode #18: The Professional Development Gap
Episode #20: PD at Your Fingertips
Episode #22: Young Children Reinvent Arithmetic
Episode #24: Exceptionally Bright Children
Episode #26: Adding It Up
Episode #28: Teaching Mathematics Through Problem Solving
Episode #30: Inspiration & Information from Jessica Boyer
Episode #36: Encourage Student Perseverance and Authority
Episode #38: Look for and Make Use of Structure
Episode #40: Purposeful Practice
Episode #42: Making the Case for Play in the Classroom
Episode #44: Making Sense is First and Computation is Second
Episode #52: Am I a Broken Record?
Episode #54: Free Resources
Episode #56: Stop Teaching
Episode #58: Meaningful Mathematics
Episode #60: Building Self-Reliance in Math
Episode #62: The 80/20 Rule Applied to Teaching Math
Episode #64: Building Our Minds…Not Just In Math
Episode #66: Jump-start Math Class with Daily Routines
Episode #3: Balancing The Equation
Episode #5: Bandaids and Bandwagons
Episode #7: Beyond Pizzas & Pies
Episode #9: Teaching Fractions for Understanding
Episode #11: Never Say Anything A Kid Can Say
Episode #13: Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions
Episode #15: Knowing Mathematics for Teaching
Episode #17: Why Leaders Should Eat Last
Episode #19: Elementary Math Specialists
Episode #21: Inspiration & Information from Jennifer Lagrange
Episode #23: Bottoms Up Hundred Chart
Episode #25: Inspiration & Information from Carri Naumann-Monti
Episode #27: CGI-Using Kids Intuitive Mathematical Reasoning
Episode #29: Are you Indispensable?
Episode #31: Using your textbook as a guide with Christy Crees
Episode #35: Features of Appropriate Math Tasks
Episode #37: Mathematical Argument in the Elementary Classroom
Episode #39: Executive Function’s Impact on Mathematics
Episode #41: Help Students Learn to Love Math with Kelly Sickle
Episode #43: Open Middle Math
Episode #45: 13 Rules that Expire
Episode #47: Innovate Inside the Box
Episode # 49: Catalyzing Change
Episode #51: Choral Counting and Counting Collections
Episode #53: Fluency is not just Fast & Accurate
Episode #55: Teaching Math at Home
Episode #57: How to Build Math Fluency
Episode #59: Harmful Effects of Algorithm
Episode #61: The Benefits of Inventing Algorithms
Episode #63: Admitting When I’m Wrong
Episode #65: Getting Started with Educational Equity
Episode #67: Selecting & Sequencing Student Solutions