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 70: Implementing Ideas from the Virtual Math Summit

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, but I’ll also link it up over at the show notes for today’s episode at

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.

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Episode 69: The 2020 Virtual Math Summit

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 now because time is running out to get FREE access to these amazing math presentations. I’ll also link to the registration over at

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.

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Episode 68: What Works Best

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 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.

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Episode 67: Selecting & Sequencing Student Solutions

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 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

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Episode 66: Jump-start Math Class with Daily Routines

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 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.

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Episode 65: Getting Started with Educational Equity

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 but I’ll also give the direct link to request that download from him over on the show notes page

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Past Episodes

Episode #0:  Welcome to the Build Math Minds Podcast

Episode #2:  Three Phase Lesson Format to create a Student Centered Mathematics Classroom

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

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

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 #46: Get Going Using Math Manipulatives with Lori Linsmeyer

Episode #48: Developing a Culture of Questioning Can Be an Agent of Change

Episode #50: Transitioning From Teacher to Math Coach with Peggy Loutzenhiser

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 #1:  Children’s Mathematics: Cognitively Guided Instruction

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 #33: Building Confidence in your Students with Melissa Barone

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