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#33 The 5 Practices: An Interview with Peg Smith
We want to welcome NCTM Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient and co-author of one of the books we reference MOST OFTEN on this podcast: 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematical Discussions The wonderful Dr. Peg Smith.
Listen in as we take a deep dive to unpack ALL 5 Practices AND you’ll hear from Peg about the other TWO practices that she often references, Why the 5 Practices are your roadmap to implementing high level tasks, How you can use assessing questions and advancing questions, and How to get STARTED with the 5 practices.
Show Notes: https://makemathmoments.com/episode33
|Jul 15, 2019|
#32 The Formative Five: An Interview with Skip Fennell
In this episode we speak with Skip Fennell, math teacher, principal, A Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics' Educator of the Year , Past NCTM President, He's also the author of dozens of articles and books and is a coauthor of the book The Formative Five.
We chat with Skip about all things formative assessment. He shares with you 5 formative assessment strategies that will ensure you’re making math moments that matter!
Join us as we dive into a great discussion with a contagiously passionate math educator at heart, Skip Fennell.
Show Notes: https://makemathmoments.com/episode32
|Jul 08, 2019|
#31 Daily Routines to Jump-Start Math Class: An Interview with John SanGiovanni
We chat with John SanGIovanni - a Math Supervisor from Baltimore and Author of the book series Daily Routines To Jump-Start Math Class. In this episode John shares why your traditional warm up / bell ringer activities need to change, how to build number sense at any grade level and save time doing it, why traditional homework take-up doesn’t work, how to avoid creating math sheep! And you’ll walk away with 5 Specific Routine Activities to jump start your day.
Show Notes: https://makemathmoments.com/episode31
|Jul 01, 2019|
#30: The Most Effective PD You’re Not Doing
Join us on Episode 30 of the Making Math Moments That Matter Podcast as we welcome Gabrielle Mejia and Jedidiah Butler as we take a deep dive into the Most Effective PD You’re Not Doing: Lesson Study. Sure, many of us have had an opportunity through a district-led initiative or grant to possibly engage in this type of learning, but was it a “one-and-done” experience that is no longer happening in your building?
Listen in as Gabrielle and Jed share what Lesson Study means to them, why they think it is worthwhile to do AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE, and they debunk some common myths and challenges one might encounter as you look to build this highly impactful professional learning structure into your department, school, or district.
Show notes: https://makemathmoments.com/episode30
|Jun 24, 2019|
#29: Concept-Based Mathematics: An interview With Jennifer Chang Wathall
In this episode, we’ll dive into a great conversation about shifting mathematics teaching from what many of us remember from our K-12 learning journey to a more progressive, inquiry approach to teaching mathematics conceptually. In particular, we’ll discuss with Jennifer Chang-Wathall how to be brave in your classroom to make necessary changes to promote student understanding, unpacking what teaching conceptually really means, and how we can ensure that students still learn the necessary facts and skills alongside conceptual understanding.
Show Notes: https://makemathmoments.com/episode29
|Jun 17, 2019|
#28: How to Align Assessment with Teaching? A Math Mentoring Moment with Nathan Vaillancourt
In this episode we speak with another Math Moment Maker who reached out to us for a Math Mentoring Moment Episode. Nathan Vaillancourt, a jack of all trades teacher talks to us today about how he can change the way he assess his students.
Show notes: http://makemathmoments.com/episode28
|Jun 10, 2019|
#27 Building Number Sense With Estimation 180: An interview with Andrew Stadel
In this episode, we’ll dive into a great conversation about Andrew Stadel’s math teaching journey, where he came up with the idea to create the math class favourite resource, Estimation180.com and how we can maximize the use of this resource to build number sense in our students and promote mathematical discourse in our classrooms everyday.
Show notes: https://makemathmoments.com/episode27
|Jun 03, 2019|
#26 How To Overcome A Common Math Myth From K Through College
In this episode you’ll get to spend some time with Jon and I as we share the story of a recent school walk-through that we participated in recently while attending a conference. The story leads into a common math teaching myth about how we prepare our students for the next grade level.
Show Notes: https://makemathmoments.com/episode26
|May 27, 2019|
#25 How Do I Avoid Lesson Flops? [Math Mentoring Moment]
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
|May 20, 2019|
#24 Landscapes of Learning : An Interview With Cathy Fosnot
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.
Show notes: https://makemathmoments.com/episode24
|May 13, 2019|
#23: They’re Engaged, NOW WHAT!? A Math Mentoring Moment.
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.
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|
#22: Common Math Class Challenges and How We Can Overcome Them.
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.
The Making Math Moments Academy
|Apr 29, 2019|
#21 The Thinking Classroom: An interview with Peter Liljedahl
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:
Show notes: http://makemathmoments.com/episode21
|Apr 22, 2019|
#20 Restoring Balance In Your Life: A Math Mentoring Moment with LISA GEGGIE
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|
#19 Four Strategies to Help Students START Problems & Stick With Them
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|
#18 How To Make Math Irresistible: An interview with Raj Shah
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
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
|Mar 25, 2019|
#16: How To Create Authentic Conversations In Math Class: An Interview with Marian Small
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
|Mar 18, 2019|
#15: How to get the most out of the conferences you attend
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
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|Mar 11, 2019|
#14 : Pi Of Life: An interview with Sunil Singh
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
|Mar 04, 2019|
#13 : Where Assessment & Practice fit in Curiosity Sparked Lessons: A Math Mentoring Moment with Sam Brotherton.
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
|Feb 25, 2019|
#12 How Do I Make Memorable Math Moments AND Cover The Curriculum?
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
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.
Ted Ed Riddle - NIM
|Feb 11, 2019|
#10: Mathematical Mindsets: An Interview With Dr. Jo Boaler
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Show notes page: http://makemathmoments.com/episode8
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|Jan 21, 2019|
#7: Routines, Curiosity, and Assessment: A Math Mentoring Moment with Sarah-Jane Wells
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
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|Jan 14, 2019|
#6: Looking for Joy in Mathematics Joy: An Interview with James Tanton
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.
Show Notes: makemathmoments.com/episode6
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|Jan 07, 2019|
#5: Too Many Resources and Too Little Time - A Math Mentoring Moment with Nicole Martin
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.
Show notes can be found at http://makemathmoments.com/episode5
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|Dec 31, 2018|
#4: 3 Moves That Ignite Teacher Action
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:
Resources discussed and shared in the show notes:
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|Dec 24, 2018|
#3: Fuel Sense Making With Our 4 Go-To Tools
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.
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|Dec 15, 2018|
#2: Sparking Curiosity With The Curiosity Path
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.
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|Dec 15, 2018|
#1: Welcome To The Making Math Moments That Matter Podcast!
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|