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 28. Today we are looking at Teaching Mathematics through Problem Solving.
Unfortunately, what we think of about Problem Solving has greatly been influenced by textbooks (just another reason why I’m not a fan of them). If you open up almost any elementary math textbook you will find lessons on Problem Solving. These lessons are well-meaning but they try to teach students steps to follow when solving problems. This has always bugged me and I wasn’t quite sure how to express why until I read it in the book Teaching Mathematics through Problem Solving which is a publication of NCTM and was edited by Frank K. Lester Jr.read more
Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 27. Today we are looking at Using Kids Intuitive Mathematical Reasoning
If you follow my blog, The Recovering Traditionalist, then you know that I’m doing a series of videos to kick off the school year all about how and why to teach math without a textbook…read more
Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 26. Today we are looking at Adding It Up.
It’s the start of the school year here in the U.S and for many educators that means a new math textbook. As I was reading back through the book Adding It Up: Helping Children Learn Mathematics for my recent vlog post I was reminded why I really don’t like textbooks.read more
Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 25, where we are going to get inspiration and information from Carri Naumann-Monti, an Educational Therapist who works with students who have language-based learning differences.read more
Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 24. Today we are discussing Exceptionally Bright Children.
Ok, so I’m just going to say this upfront that this episode may go a bit longer than my normal book insight episodes and I’m going to try not to cry while doing this. I’m going to tell a personal story before I get into the book I want to talk about because I bet you probably have a child like my son in your classroom.read more
Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 23. Today we are looking at creating a Bottoms Up Hundred Chart.
Today’s insight comes from the article Bottoms Up Hundred Chart? by Jennifer Bay-Williams and Graham Fletcher. As you start to prepare for school to start back up, a common thing in elementary classrooms is the Hundred Chart. There are things I don’t like about using a hundred chart, but one thing they are great for is investigating patterns.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 #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