Build Math Minds

The Podcast

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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Episode 36: Encourage Student Perseverance and Authority

Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 36. Today we are looking at how to Encourage Student Perseverance and Authority.

Changing the way we teach mathematics is hard for us as teachers, but sometimes it’s even harder on our students. If you’ve tried to open up your teaching and give students a problem and then just let them solve it anyway they can, then I’m sure you’ve had that feeling that the idea of Productive Struggle sometimes doesn’t seem so productive.

So, today I wanted to share with you an article that you can read on the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ website. NCTM publishes a great magazine throughout the year, full of wonderful articles. The article Two Instructional Moves to Promote Student Competence by Jen Munson is from the January 2018 issue. Get all the info here: buildmathminds.com/36

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Episode 35: Features of Appropriate Math Tasks

I am 35 episodes in and I cannot believe I haven’t talked about this book yet! Making Sense: Teaching and Learning Mathematics with Understanding by Hiebert et al is one of those books that I have pink highlighter throughout the entire thing.

It was so hard to pick just one passage from this book to share with you today, so I’m sure I’ll share more in future episodes. The whole book gives us a framework for thinking about math classrooms. They highlight 5 dimensions that work together to shape your math classroom, today we are going to look at the first dimension which is The Nature of the Learning Task through this passage from page 8.

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Episode 34: Effectively Using Games to Build Mathematical Thinking & Reasoning

Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 34. Today we are looking at Effectively Using Games to Build Mathematical Thinking & Reasoning

Today’s insight comes from Well Played: Building Mathematical Thinking Through Number Games & Puzzles by Linda Dacey, Karen Gartland, and Jayne Bamford Lynch. As you hopefully know, I love Games. I grew up in a game playing family and still love playing games with my own children. So as I was preparing for a video I did recently over on my Vlog, The Recovering Traditionalist, I was reading back through the Well Played books. There is a book for PreK-2 and one for 3-5.

This paragraph from page 6 really made me stop and think about how we use games in the classroom. Get all the info here: buildmathminds.com/34

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Episode 33: Building confidence in your students with Melissa Barone

In this episode I get to chat with Melissa Barone. Melissa took my Number Sense 201 course that is for 3rd-5th grade teachers, but she’s a middle school teacher. In this interview, she talks about how things she learned from that course (and other places) has helped her transform her math classroom into a place where students are building their confidence in math and seeing that their voice matters in math class.

The number sense courses are now open for 2019 registration and you can get all the info at buildmathminds.com/enroll.
Registration is only open for a short time so depending upon when you listen to this registration might be closed. If so, you can join the waitlist. You can find a link to it and all the resources mentioned in the episode at the show notes page buildmathminds.com/33

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Episode 32: You have permission with Jess Hempel & Christine Farrell

In this episode I get to chat with Jessica Hempel and Christine Farrell. They worked in a district that had a mandated curriculum that had some great parts to it but also some bad parts. Listen in as they talk about how they worked together to figure out how to find a balance between what was mandated and what they saw that their students really needed. Jessica mentions how my Number Sense course gave her permission to do what she knew was right for her students.

If you want to get that “permission” as well, then come join me in the number sense courses. It’s not that you need that permission, what the courses show is the research behind how kids develop mathematical understandings and how number sense is really the root of it all. If you’d like to learn that information along with getting resources to use in your classroom to help build number sense, the courses are now open for 2019 registration and you can get all the info at buildmathminds.com/enroll.

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Episode 31: Using your textbook as a guide with Christy Crees

In these recent episodes, I’m focusing on having you hear from real teachers out there who have made big changes in how they teach mathematics. All of these teachers have made a choice to put their students at the heart of the learning instead of the textbook. Today we are learning how Christy Crees uses the textbook as a guide but modifies lessons based upon things she has learned about building her students’ number sense.

She does talk about my Number Sense course as part of the learning she’s had. Those courses are now open for 2019 registration you can get all the info at buildmathminds.com/enroll. Registration is only open for a short time so depending upon when you listen to this registration might be closed. If so, you can join the waitlist.

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