Making Math Moments That Matter

By Kyle Pearce & Jon Orr

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Wondering how to create a classroom culture where students don't want to stop exploring mathematics when the bell rings? Kyle Pearce from TapIntoTeenMinds.com and Jon Orr from MrOrr-IsAGeek.com team up to uncover how we can Make Math Moments That Matter for every student in the math classroom from Kindergarten through Grade 12. Discover how you can build easy to plan and fun to deliver math lessons that kids will not only love, but also learn from using the Making Math Moments That Matter 3-Part Framework. Get ready to learn as we interview math education influencers, engage in coaching calls with mathematics educators from around the world, and take deep dives into assessment, differentiation, student behaviour, engagement, problem solving, math fact fluency, and many other common teacher challenges as we strive to Make Math Moments That Matter. Let’s learn how we can meet the needs of every learner in all classrooms regardless of student readiness together!

Episode Date
How Do I Avoid Lesson Flops? [Math Mentoring Moment]
52:01

In this math mentoring moment you’ll meet Carol Edlin, a travel bug who entered teaching with a business degree, slowly but surely began teaching math courses. What is she to do when your background is not mathematics and you’re trying to make math moments that matter for all of your students? Stick around while Carol shows some vulnerability when discussing her lessons flops and we’ll whittle away and reveal her real struggle.

Show Notes: https://makemathmoments.com/episode25

Is the Make Math Moments Academy right for you? Learn more. 

May 20, 2019
#24 Landscapes of Learning : An Interview With Cathy Fosnot
01:08:40

On episode 24, we welcome the Queen of Context for Learning Mathematics, Cathy Fosnot! We are so excited for our Math Moment Maker Community to dig into this great episode with a Champion of Fuelling Sense Making in Math Class as she will share her mathematics journey - including some discriminatory barriers that she had to overcome along the way. Get “hooked” into an intriguing conversation with a game changer in mathematics education who is constantly helping the mathematics education community to mathematize VERTICALLY upwards, Cathy Fosnot.

You'll Learn: 

  • Why we should help learners generate problems.
  • How Cathy’s online learning platform can held teachers help students.
  • What a math workshop looks like.
  • How to create student mathematicians.
  • What’s the difference between vertical mathematizing and horizontal mathematizing.
  • How to connect strategies to structures.

Show notes: https://makemathmoments.com/episode24

 

May 13, 2019
#23: They’re Engaged, NOW WHAT!? A Math Mentoring Moment.
48:59

In this Math Mentoring Moment episode, you’ll meet Bill Zbozny Del Percio, a Grade 3 teacher from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who always felt drawn to teaching, but feels like he’s struggling to squeeze as much mathematical thinking out of each task as possible.

Having built familiarity and confidence in sparking curiosity through 3 Act Math Tasks and delivering other rich tasks that leverage the natural curiosity of his students, Bill is seeking support from the Math Moment Maker Community to determine how he can best Fuel Sense Making on a daily basis.

You’ll Learn:

Some common struggles when teaching area and perimeter including which we should teach first;

How knowing the learning goal is so important;

Explore how we might select worthwhile tasks to elicit mathematical thinking;

Learn about efficiency and the fact that what is a fission for one student is not the same for all students;

How we might approach pushing our students to be more clever with their mathematical strategies and thinking;

Strategies to ensure we are anticipating how students at various levels of readiness might approach the task;

How understanding how mathematics develops conceptually can help to fuel sense making for all students to move them along with the developmental continuum at their level. 

 

Show Notes: https://makemathmoments.com/episode23

May 06, 2019
Episode #22: Common Math Class Challenges and How We Can Overcome Them.
55:58

In this Jon & Kyle only episode we’ll introduce math classroom challenges that we’ve heard from educators we’ve talked to in person, educators that have emailed us, and also Math Moment Makers who filled out filled out some of of our surveys and how we can work toward fixing those challenges.

You’ll Learn:

  • What can we do when not all our students are engaging in our activities.
  • How we can ensure students stay focused in a Thinking Classroom.
  • How we can use assessments to push learning forward.
  • How to ensure the technical aspects of presenting tasks can proceed flawlessly.
  • How to build your conceptual understanding of math so you can help your students.
  • Where you can take action and get ongoing support to make math moments that matter.

https://makemathmoments.com/episode22 

Resources:

The Making Math Moments Academy

https://makemathmoments.com/academy

Apr 29, 2019
#21 The Thinking Classroom: An interview with Peter Liljedahl
57:03

In this Math Moment Interview, we talk with Dr. Peter Liljedahl, Professor of mathematics education at Simon Fraser University who has been researching ways to get students to become resilient problem solvers through ideas such as using vertical non-permanent surfaces, visible random groupings, selecting tasks with evolving complexity, and much more...He calls his work The Thinking Classroom.

What you will learn:

  • The elements needed to build a thinking classroom.
  • How to build a problem-solving culture in your classroom.
  • Why we need to think critically about the choices we make about our environments and lessons.
  • Why vertical non-permanent surfaces will change your students engagement in math class.
  • How to make effective groups in math class.

Show notes: http://makemathmoments.com/episode21 

Apr 22, 2019
Restoring Balance In Your Life: A Math Mentoring Moment with LISA GEGGIE
49:14

We speak with Lisa Geggie, a teacher of 24 years and self proclaimed perfectionist. and a brave, caring human being. Lisa, like many of us, spends countless hours of after school time, weekends, and evenings planning her lessons and activities for her students benefit…..She’s been eating, breathing, and sleeping math lessons and...She wants to desperately know how to help her students and GET HER LIFE BACK! Listen in as we help her realize she has the tools herself to address this big issue.

Show Notes: http://makemathmoments.com/episode20

Apr 15, 2019
Four Strategies to Help Students START Problems & Stick With Them
53:51

One of the biggest challenges WE teachers have right now is helping kids not give up when problem solving in math class. It troubles us when students are working on problems that are slightly different from classroom examples and they either SHUT DOWN, or quickly raise their hands and say, “I don’t know what to do!”

In this episode we share the audio recording of a webinar we ran in January 2019 to help address those exact issues.

Show Notes: http://makemathmoments.com/episode19

 

Apr 08, 2019
How To Make Math Irresistible: An interview with Raj Shah
54:55

We chat with Dr. Raj Shah from Math Plus Academy about how how to harness the elements of video games that make them so addictive and how we can apply them to our math classes. We chat about how to build a culture of discussion, creativity and problem solving in our classrooms, and we also chat about how to use the power of mystery to engage our students.

Show Notes: http://makemathmoments.com/episode18

 

Apr 01, 2019
#17: From Learning To Action: A Math Mentoring Moment With Matthew Makuch
40:59

On today’s show, we’re bringing on Matt Makuch from Victoria, British Columbia to share his mathematics professional learning journey thus far. Matt shares some of the influencers who inspired him initially to begin thinking differently about teaching his math class including Marcy Cook, Kim Sutton, and Sherry Perrish. He also shares how he took the plunge to take his professional learning to the next level when he joined our Making Math Moments That Matter Online Workshop.

In particular, he’ll share his progress thus far incorporating the Notice and Wonder routine, how he is now better mathematizing the world around him to incorporate into his mathematics learning environment, and his early attempts at spiralling the mathematics curriculum.

Show Notes: http://makemathmoments.com/episode17

You’ll Learn:

  1. Great resources to start (or continue) your mathematics learning journey;.
  2. Some of the challenges you might experience when trying to implement a notice and wonder protocol;
  3. How Matthew has “stumbled” upon a great set of curious math prompts after taking our online workshop by seeing the mathematics in the world around him;
  4. Matthew’s biggest take-aways from our online workshop he participated in recently;
  5. The importance of widening your perspective when it comes to teaching mathematics and teaching in general.

 

Mar 25, 2019
#16: How To Create Authentic Conversations In Math Class: An Interview with Marian Small
41:03

Join us while we chat with the great Marian Small. For us, Marian has been a rock and a foundation for how we’ve changed our teaching practice! She’s an author, math education influencer, and Open question guru! In this discussion we talk with Marian about the origin story of open questions, how open questions compare to open middle problems, and how being more intentional with big ideas versus specific skills is more beneficial for student learning.

Show Notes: http://makemathmoments.com/episode16

You’ll Learn:

  • What are open questions and how they can change your classroom.
  • How you can differentiate your questioning with open questions.
  • What’s the difference between open questions and open middle problems.
  • Why you should be more intentional in your teaching.
  • How to change the focus of your lesson to big ideas instead of a specific skills [and why you should.]
  • How MathUP can help you as a teacher think about teaching math while providing you with resources!
Mar 18, 2019
#15: How to get the most out of the conferences you attend
53:21

Conference season is just around the corner for us at the time of this recording. We attend various conferences throughout the year and a big question that we always have is, “Is this going to be worth it?” In episode 15 we want to give you 5 TIPS on how to get the most out of the conferences you attend and also what can you do if you can’t attend a conference this year.

Show Notes: http://makemathmoments.com/episode15

 

What You'll Learn: 

  • Practical tips to build a community while at a conference.
  • How being picky in your session is a good thing.
  • Why we should use this experience to learn about our “blind spots” in education.
  • Why we need to address in-equity in the classroom.
  • Tips to help you build a habit when implementing a new resources/tool/routine.

Resources: 

 

Mar 11, 2019
#14 : Pi Of Life: An interview with Sunil Singh
47:52

We’re bringing on a colleague, friend, and fellow Ontarian from the math education world. He’s the author of Pi of Life and his soon to be released book, Math Recess, an international keynote speaker and a part of the BuzzMath team. We talk about the simplicity of mathematics, how learning mathematics should be more like the preparation of a fantastic meal rather than just serving up the final finished dish, and finally, Sunil gives us some suggestions for how we can teach effectively.

Show notes: http://makemathmoments.com/episode14 

You'll Learn: 

  • How “messy” learning can be more beneficial than “neat” learning.
  • How can we create a love of math with our families and students.
  • How we can redefine success for each student. How can we teach students and not just teach math.
Mar 04, 2019
#13 : Where Assessment & Practice fit in Curiosity Sparked Lessons: A Math Mentoring Moment with Sam Brotherton.
50:37

In episode 13 you’ll listen to Sam Brotherton, a teacher from St. Louis Missouri. Sam’s been teaching for 5 years and we chat with him on this Math Mentoring Moment episode of the Making Math Moments that Matter Podcast about struggling with the idea of where assessments fit in his routines. Sam’s been teaching with 3-act math lessons, desmos activities, and a variety of other great resources he’s gathered from the math community but he’s noticing, much like we did early on, that when it comes to standardized tests, or those word problems from the textbook his students aren’t performing any better.

Show Notes: http://makemathmoments.com/episode13

You’ll Learn:

  • How you can incorporate assessment into your daily lessons.
  • How to transition from a 3 act math task to typical word problems.
  • How to ensure students can solve word problems after learning through task.
  • Where practice fits in your curiosity sparked lessons.
  • How to sequence student solutions to maximize the connecting stage of your productive discussions.
  • New engaging practice structures that can replace the typical worksheet.
Feb 25, 2019
#12 How Do I Make Memorable Math Moments AND Cover The Curriculum?
49:05

In episode 12 Jon & Kyle address questions like: how to create a collaborative approach to teaching math AND cover curriculum standards? How to build resilient problem solver?  How do I decide to adjust my unit plans when not all students have made connections during my lesson? They walk you through what planning looks like before a lesson, during a lesson, and after a lesson to ensure we cover our curriculum while making math moments that matter.

Show Notes: http://makemathmoments.com/episode12

 

 

Feb 18, 2019
#11 Play is the Engine of Learning: An Interview With Dan Finkel
52:51

Episode #11:  PLAY IS THE ENGINE OF LEARNING: An Interview With Dan Finkel

Show notes page: http://makemathmoments.com/episode11 

Play is the engine of learning, that’s the mission of Dan Finkel and his team at MathForLove.com. Over the next 60 minutes, we’ll dive into Dan’s story about how he fell in love with math and in particular, teaching with games in the math classroom, he’ll give us some background behind his extremely popular TED Talk on the 5 principles of extraordinary math teaching and he’ll give us 3 things he looks for when selecting games for use in the math classroom.


You’ll Learn:

 

  • How playing games can strengthen our math skills.
  • Lessons we learn from games can have an impact in our own math learning.
  • Three conditions for games in the math classroom.

 

 

Resources:

Dan’s Ted Talk

Mathforlove.com

Tiny Polka Dots

Prime Climb

Ted Ed Riddle - NIM

Proofiness - Charles Seife [Book]  

Teaching with your mouth shut  - Donald Finkel [Book]

Creating Innovators - Tony Wagner [Book]

Game PIG

Math For Love Curriculum.

makemathmoments.com/books

Feb 11, 2019
#10: Mathematical Mindsets: An Interview With Dr. Jo Boaler
56:26

Our conversation begins with Jo sharing some of her memorable moments from math class followed by a rich discussion about the importance of thinking deeply to communicate mathematical understanding, ideas for differentiation in the math classroom, teaching through task, and much more!

Get ready to grow your brain with a variety of amazing mathematical ideas for your classroom.


You’ll Learn: 

  • How math is visual and by teaching with visual resources we can strengthen our students understanding.
  • Why math class needs to be social and collaborative instead of isolated.
  • How to differentiate your math lessons with intentionality.
  • Why we need more than just memorization of math facts and procedures.
  • How to meet your standards while teaching through tasks.

 

Show notes and resources: http://makemathmoments.com/episode10

Making Math Moments That Matter Online Workshop http://makemathmoments.com/onlineworkshop

Feb 04, 2019
#9: Planning with Intentionality: A Math Mentoring Moment with Kirsten Dyck
51:33

In Episode 9 of the Making Math Moments That Matter Podcast we have another Mentoring Moment episode coming your way with Kirsten Dyck, a grade 7/8/9 math teacher in rural Saskatchewan. Kirsten is working though how to bring out effective learning goals in all the great lesson ideas she’s already using. Listen in as we welcome Kirsten to the podcast and we all put our minds together to  work through this very common challenge we all experience across the grades.

Show notes page http://makemathmoments.com/episode9

 

You’ll Learn:

With so many resources available to us in the 21st Century, it can be really challenging to determine which resources I should use for what lessons. How can I fit them all in? Never fear, in this Math Mentoring Moment, we dive deep into how to plan your lessons with intentionality to ensure that you are selecting the most appropriate resources for the learning goal you have set out to achieve. Get ready to hear more about 3 Act Math Tasks, Number Talks, Vertical Non-Permanent Surfaces (VNPS), and even the 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Discussions in Mathematics.

 

 

Jan 28, 2019
#8: How We Can Redesign Success in Our Classrooms (and why we should). A Math Mentoring Moment with Katrien Vance.
43:14

In this episode we talk to Katrien Vance who is a veteran teacher that set a total different approach to give her students a sense of direction and help them stay focused. We outline why she did it, how she did it, and how it all worked out for the students.

You’ll learn:

  • How to redefine success in your classroom.
  • How to create lessons where students ask more questions.
  • How to create a math class where the word problems are the easiest problems to solve.
  • Why you should plan lessons that encourage thinking. How to avoid the assumption that students can’t think during your math lesson.
  • Benefits of getting the students to talk and opening up space to help them lead.
  • How trusting kids with what they know will benefit their overall performance.

Show notes page: http://makemathmoments.com/episode8

Resources:

 

LEARN MORE about our online workshop: Making Math Moments That Matter. http://makemathmoments.com/onlineworkshop

 

Register for our FREE WEBINAR: 4 Strategies to help students START math problems and STICK with them. http://makemathmoments.com/webinar (Registration closes January 25, 2019 at noon EST)

 

 

 

Jan 21, 2019
#7: Routines, Curiosity, and Assessment: A Math Mentoring Moment with Sarah-Jane Wells
01:14:59

In episode 7, Kyle Pearce and Jon Orr talk with Making Math Moments That Matter online workshop participant, Sarah-Jane Wells about realizing her personal privilege has affected her teaching habits, how she’s been working on Sparking curiosity consistently to get kids engaged and keep them on task… and a BIG can of worms was opened when the conversation moved into assessment, evaluation and the role of descriptive feedback.

Show notes page http://makemathmoments.com/episode7

 

You’ll Learn:

  • How to realize your own privilege and how that affects the classroom.
  • How to teach your students meaningfully during the last block of the school day when students are wrangy!
  • How we can effectively use assessment to further the learning of our students.

 

Resources:

 

Episode Sponsor & Special Offer:

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Jan 14, 2019
#6: Looking for Joy in Mathematics Joy: An Interview with James Tanton
01:08:37

This week we interview the great James Tanton. Author, curriculum writer, speaker, creator of Exploding Dots and spreader of joyous mathematics! We bet that you’ll find yourself smiling as you listen to James’ enthusiasm for joyous mathematics.

You’ll Learn:

  • Why Education at all levels K-12 is intellectually rich, profound, deep, wonderful, and equally important.
  • How to make math joyous, wonderful, and human.
  • Why we teachers don’t always have to be the experts in the room.
  • The Power of symmetry in math education.
  • Clues throughout algebra that speak geometry.
  • The human story of mathematics is a visual one.
  • The power of place value. Exploding Dots gives a visual model for place value.
  • Why we should empower students to choose their own models to showcase their thinking.

Resources:

Show Notes: makemathmoments.com/episode6

 

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Links related to this episode:

http://www.jamestanton.com/

https://www.explodingdots.org/

https://www.globalmathproject.org/

https://www.beaglelearning.com/

Jan 07, 2019
#5: Too Many Resources and Too Little Time - A Math Mentoring Moment with Nicole Martin
01:00:34

In our first Mentoring Moments episode we chat with Nicole Martin, a 3rd/4th grade math teacher in Las Vegas Nevada. Nicole was struggling with how to structure her math lessons in a way that is engaging yet meaningful when she has so many great resources she’s found online. Nicole shares with us how after finding so many great math resources online such as 3 act math tasks, estimation 180 and more, she struggles to organize her math block to include these resources with intentionality on an ongoing basis. Listen in as we hear Nicole’s story and the tips we give her to try out in her classroom.

 

You’ll Learn:

  • How to structure your 70 min math block to teach through problem solving.
  • How we can maximize learning opportunities with online resources.
  • How to differentiate problem-solving tasks to meet the needs of all students - especially your high flyers.

Show notes can be found at http://makemathmoments.com/episode5

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Resources:

Listen in as we dive into Session #5!

Apply for a Mentoring Moment. 

Dec 31, 2018
#4: 3 Moves That Ignite Teacher Action
01:04:36

In this episode, Kyle Pearce and Jon Orr share 3 moves to ignite TEACHER action in the classroom so you can spark curiosity and fuel sense making in your students. We outline how we’ve used these moves in our classrooms to make significant learning gains with our students and give you valuable tips on so you can incorporate these moves regularly classroom.

 

Specifically, you’ll learn:

  • Why planning with each move is valuable to you and your students.
  • How to use what you see and hear in your classroom to help plan your next lessons.
  • How following the 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematical Discussion will give you more than just a lesson plan.
  • How to save time in your course while teaching through problem solving.
  • How we can plan to reach all your students regardless of grade level.

Resources discussed and shared in the show notes:

Access the show notes here:

http://makemathmoments.com/episode4

Dec 24, 2018
#3: Fuel Sense Making With Our 4 Go-To Tools
58:28

Join Kyle Pearce from TapIntoTeenMinds.com and Jon Orr from MrOrr-IsAGeek.com as they take a dive into the Making Math Moments That Matter 3-Part Framework! In episode 3, they unpack 4 “Go-To” Tools for Fuelling Sense Making in math class.  

 

What are you waiting for? Fire up the episode!

 

Looking for resources from this episode? Check out the show notes here: http://makemathmoments.com/episode3

 

Want to take a deeper dive into the 3-part framework? Check out the FREE 4-Part Video Series here: http://makemathmoments.com/lesson1

Dec 15, 2018
#2: Sparking Curiosity With The Curiosity Path
49:43

Join Kyle Pearce from TapIntoTeenMinds.com and Jon Orr from MrOrr-IsAGeek.com as they take a dive into the Making Math Moments That Matter 3-Part Framework! In episode 2, they dive into the first part: Sparking Curiosity and highlight one of their favourite curiosity sparking strategies called the Curiosity Path.

 

What are you waiting for? Fire up the episode!

 

Looking for resources from this episode? Check out the show notes here:

http://makemathmoments.com/episode2

 

Want to take a deeper dive into the 3-part framework? Check out the FREE 4-Part Video Series here:

http://makemathmoments.com/lesson1

Dec 15, 2018
#1: Welcome To The Making Math Moments That Matter Podcast!
36:30

Wondering how to create a classroom culture where students don't want to stop exploring mathematics when the bell rings? Join Kyle Pearce from TapIntoTeenMinds.com and Jon Orr from MrOrr-IsAGeek.com as they team up for EPISODE #1 to uncover how we can Make Math Moments That Matter for every student in the math classroom from Kindergarten through Grade 12. Discover how you can build easy to plan and fun to deliver math lessons that kids will not only love, but also learn from using the Making Math Moments That Matter 3-Part Framework. Get ready to learn as we interview math education influencers, engage in coaching calls with mathematics educators from around the world, and take deep dives into assessment, differentiation, student behaviour, engagement, problem solving, math fact fluency, and many other common teacher challenges as we strive to Make Math Moments That Matter. Let’s learn how we can meet the needs of every learner in all classrooms regardless of student readiness together!

 

Show notes from this episode can be found at http://makemathmoments.com/episode1

Dec 15, 2018