Episode 199: What’s On YOUR Magic Wand Wish List For Math Class?

Sep 19, 2022 | Podcast | 0 comments

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What do you envision for mathematics teaching and learning in your math class?

While we all want teachers and students to feel capable and confident each day in our mathematics classrooms, we must take time to think and reflect on what specifically would contribute to helping us reach that goal.

In this episode Jon & Kyle help you to craft a Magic Wand Wish List that you can use to help shape your vision for your mathematics classroom or your school/district program. 

You’ll Learn

  • Why constructing a math vision for your classroom is essential to maximize your impact on student learning in math class;
  • How constructing a math vision for a department, school and/or district is critical for effective and consistent mathematics teaching practices;
  • How to create your “Magic Wand Wish List” and “Math Practice Inventory” to begin the process of developing a math vision; and,
  • Where you can go next to receive feedback, support and mentorship leading your district level  mathematics professional learning.

Resources

The Make Math Moments District Planning Workbook [First 3 pages] 

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Make Math Moments Framework [Blog Article]

Make Math Moments Problem-Based Lessons & Units

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FULL TRANSCRIPT

Kyle Pearce: Welcome to the Making Math Moments That Matter podcast. I'm Kyle Pearce.

Jon Orr: And I'm Jon Orr. We're from make math moments.com. And together...

Kyle Pearce: With you, the community of math moment makers worldwide who want to build and deliver problem-based math lessons that spark curiosity...

Jon Orr: Fuels sense making...

Kyle Pearce: And ignite your teacher moves. We are super excited to be hanging out with you again, It's another John and Kyle episode out. We're going to be diving in to a little bit of what you envision in your own math class.

Jon Orr: What do you envision for mathematics teaching and learning in your math class? While we want teachers and students to feel capable and confident each day in our mathematics classrooms, we have to take time to think and reflect on what specifically would contribute to helping us reach that goal.

Kyle Pearce: Absolutely. And the reason we wanted to share this with you is because we've been working a lot lately with districts in our Make Math Moments District Mentorship Program. It's actually been, I would say John, probably one of our most enjoyable projects as of late because we get to actually work with amazing math leaders like essentially, I would argue everyone listening to this podcast. Whether you're in the classroom or out of the classroom doing some district role, the reality is that these are district leaders. You're a district leader because you are constantly pushing your practice further, you're probably mentoring others around you. And we're getting an awesome opportunity to work with folks who have a real, I guess, impact or influence on how math programming looks and sounds in their district.
So something we've been doing with them is using our district planning workbook, which is something that we've been building for quite some time. It's actually continuing to grow, right, John? It seems like it's ballooning very quickly because what we do is, as we work with every district, we sort of jot down some of the common challenges we're hearing across districts. So not only are we taking our own experience and our own district contexts, but then also going to these other districts and having these Zoom calls, these great conversations and hearing a lot of the same challenges. And we're building tools that help make it easier to overcome some of those challenges. And the part that we tend to start with is actually constructing a math vision.
Ultimately at the end of the day, it's like if you don't have a vision for what you want, then there's a lot of wasted time and effort. So that is sort of where we start with our districts. And then you and I were chatting the other day and we're like, "Wait a second, how many educators out there?" And this is, I think back to my experience in the math classroom for over a decade, I say it all the time, that I was of just figuring things out as I went. And one of the challenges, or I guess one of the things that I think made it more challenging for me to get to the place I'm at today is that I didn't have a clear vision for what I wanted in my classroom.

Jon Orr: And for math leaders who are listening right now, you know who you are, directors, superintendents, administrators, math coordinators, having that wasted time entry and funding, jumping from new idea to new idea. And it can take a toll on the teachers who are hearing those messages. The teachers who are like, "Man, last year we were focused on this, but now we're focused on this? What happened to last year's goal? Don't we have this mission statement that should span a so many year journey?" And I think teachers who are saying those comments about, "Well, what happened to last year's goal," haven't heard or understood the vision.
And that's often the case, probably because there isn't one vision communicated to teachers. So thinking back to one of the eight effective teaching practices, Kyle, is making learning goals to our students, communicating those learning goals and using them as a target and guide so students know where they are on the path, teachers know where they are on the path. The same thing has to apply to district leaders and their teachers. So it's like my district has to have a vision so that my teachers know where we're going and that has to be communicated back and forth. So the district might have a vision statement, maybe.

Kyle Pearce: Maybe not.

Jon Orr: Maybe they haven't communicated to the teachers so that they know they're on year three of a five year journey. A teacher I think has to know that. So in this particular episode, we're going to think about the routines and what we use with our district mentorship program members, and kind of go through some of those beginning moves to help you and your district or maybe you and your classroom create a vision for yourself. So we're going to kind of go through what pieces we do, what we use with our district members to create a vision so by the end of this episode, you're on your path to creating a vision for you and your district, or hey, if you're just a teacher and you're that teacher leader, maybe it's you in your department, or maybe it's just you in your classroom.

Kyle Pearce: I love it. I love it. And kind of starting there as well, let's assume that everyone listening is in a classroom for just a moment. Think of how influential you can be on what happens in your own classroom. You have the most power and control to guide that vision, so you have to have a vision for your own classroom. So I would say starting there is a great place to be. And then of course, if you're all the way up to superintendent or director or some other stakeholder that has this decision making influence on a larger scale, the task becomes more challenging to implement, but the vision isn't any harder, right? Really, in a perfect world, what would happen, Jon, if I'm the director of my district and you are a teacher in my district, what would be perfect in that perfect world scenario is that your vision for your math classroom aligns with my vision for all the classrooms in my district right now.
That is a perfect world scenario. The reality is that there are obviously going to be some differences. There's going to be philosophical differences. So we have to be thinking about what is important to me personally in my own class, and then zooming out how do I help others as my role or as my influence on more and more classrooms. So if I'm a department leader, I'm the chair of my department or department head, all of a sudden your influence is on maybe eight classrooms or 10 classrooms. If you're a principal, it might be on 25 classrooms. Who knows what your influence is. But we have to be clear on what that vision is.
So today we're going to take a little bit of time to take you through a routine that we usually use with district leaders and our mentorship program, and we're going to offer it to you. And we're going to have you sort of differentiate based on your own context. So wear the hat that you're currently wearing. And I would argue though, if you haven't thought about it already, no matter what hat you're wearing, you want to start at your own classroom level. In order to get a good math vision, regardless of the influence, you have to be clear on what would you do if you were teaching those 20, 30, 35 students. And how would I then build it to a vision that more classrooms or more stakeholders could jump on board or I guess build on together?

Jon Orr: Yep, yep. For sure, for sure. So the first piece that we ask our district leaders to think about, to help them focus their vision. So remember, it's a process that we ask our district leaders to go through and we start very, very wide open. And really this is what we title the episode is we call this the Magic Wand Wish List. So we want our district leaders and you as teachers also to think about what is your magic wand wishlist for mathematics programming. So some of the prompts we give our leaders and our decision makers and our planners is: if you walked into a classroom five years from now, could you describe what you're seeing in as much detail as possible? And this is describing what you want to see. And if you're a classroom teacher, do the same thing. If I want to create a vision for my classroom or my department, then in five years, what do I want that to look like?
I think we have to think big picture. We have to think wishlist items. If you're creating your five year plan at home for your vacations, people write down what are my big bodacious goals that I want to get towards? Hey, it's brainstorming so you can write down anything you want on this list. And so a good thing here, it might be worth pausing the podcast, is we have our planning document. We want to pass that on to you. We have a planning document we give to the districts and the leaders there to jot things down to keep a workbook going. And so you can jump on over to makemathmoments.com/wishlist right now. Or we will remind you at the end of the episode if you want to get it then. But that is the beginnings of the workbook that we work with districts. And there's spaces there for you to write down some of these wishlist items and prompts along the way to help plan your vision.
So head on over to makemathmoments.com/wishlist to grab this printable that you can use. But really the first page here is thinking about this wishlist. And actually I really great activity if you're at the district level or the administrator level, is to say that planning document to your teachers and ask them to come up with their wishlist and what they think their classroom can look like in five years. And then you can do that together with them after. It's like, "Let me grab these now. Let me consolidate. What do we notice? What do we wonder about the different wishlist items from this department or this classroom? What can we piece together to create our combined district planning vision or wishlist items?" So that's the beginning is let's create a magic wand wishlist. If you could take a magic wand and wave it and all of a sudden point, this is the classroom you're creating. We want to start here and then think about how we can create that from there.

Kyle Pearce: I think one of the key pieces too for us to be considering is as we make this list, whether you're thinking for your own classroom or whether you're thinking about, "Hey, I'm impacting or influencing a school or a whole district," is, this is super rough to start. So you want to make sure it's very, very clear that this is a brainstorm list. There's no judgment here. What you're going to find is that sometimes things come out and it's very general. For example, if you're on YouTube right now, I'm sharing the screen so you can see this workbook here. I'm using a digital version of it. Whether you choose to write it on chicken scratch on it, however you choose. I would say keeping it though, keep all the rough work and evolve it. And as we work with our districts, that's sort of the process through this entire workbook that we do.
So we're starting with just this first part with you here today, and over time we're coming back and refining things. We're trying to make things as clear and concise as possible, but not right out of the gate. So we want the ideas to sort of emerge just like we want ideas to emerge in a math classroom, we want these ideas to emerge here. And something we also ask people to maybe think about as they start this list is, whatever you indicate on this list, some of the items on your wishlist might already be happening consistently in your classroom. Or maybe they're not so consistent. So we have people indicate with an I or a C. We sometimes have had sometimes in the middle, but I find that people default there because they're like, "Well, sometimes it does happen and sometimes it doesn't." So we tend to kind of use consistent and inconsistent because it just gives you a starting point to decide, "Do I need to focus more time on this one or do I need to focus more time on this one?"
So it might be rough. An example, Jon, that comes up a lot is more thinking, comes up. Totally cool. Not super specific, but it's a start and we can work with that. So that's great. So we want this to start. And maybe in my class, I'm just going to take my classroom, my first 10 years of teaching thinking, and I might even remove, if I say inconsistently or consistently, that might encourage me to remove the word more and just say, "thinking," that was inconsistent. Student thinking might be what I use instead. And I would put an I in brackets there.

Jon Orr: I like that Kyle, by labeling the I or the C, but also thinking about the five years down the road, and this is kind of that growth thinking about five years. Yes, you're going to list all your wishlist items here that you want to see in your classrooms, but you also want to be somewhat realistic with what consistent and inconsistent will look like then. So for example, you might list student thinking. And when we write consistently, should I see student thinking consistently five years from now? So you might want to also write future inconsistently saying I want that. Whereas another example might be more mathematical models with legs or power tools. So I want to walk into a classroom and I want to see students utilizing the double number line, a bar model. I want to see the area model when we're looking at multiplication in algebra. I want to be able to see a ratio table being used in the appropriate way.
We want to be able to do that in five years. But you might also go in five years start to think about some of the aspects to get there. Even though it's a grand wishlist, you might go, "You know what, that's going to take some education on the teacher's part. We got to dive into that." Those details don't matter right now, but in five years I might see that somewhat inconsistently if I walked into a room. So it's like I'm going to see some of it, I might not be seeing a lot of it now, but it might be somewhat inconsistent in five years. So I might put an eye for that as well. But we're working towards it. So you can also, or you should be labeling each of these as consistent or inconsistent for the future.

Kyle Pearce: Got it. I like it. I like it. So really what I'm hearing from you, Jon, is there's a few different ways we can frame this depending on where your head is at. For example, for those watching on YouTube, I was kind of jotting some of what you said down. So going back to student thinking, for example, I could just list student thinking, mathematical models, I could put down examples. So for mathematical models, I put down double number line, the array, the area model ratio tables. Maybe I might look at this and go, "Okay, I really want to focus like this year on the array and the area model," or I can put something like, "Most important to me right now." So as a school or as a department, I really want to focus in on that model and I want to leverage that.
Because if I try to do all the mathematical models, first of all, I have to learn them and feel confident with them. And then I have to figure out how do I help students understand it, so I have to understand the progression. So there's a lot of work for me to do as the educator. If I'm a district leader, I have to think about all the education that my educators need. So just because I want to see math models in my district, I have to also be thinking about are teachers positioned currently in order to do that work? And the reality is, I'm going to argue that many are not, the majority are not. Otherwise they would be doing it right?
I've never seen a teacher who's like, "Yes, I know how to effectively use double number lines. I choose not to use them because I find that they're helpful for student learning and I don't want that in my classroom." Usually it's because, "I've never used a double number line myself in my own learning. I've never used it in my teaching. And I'm not exactly sure when and where it should come out." So there's a lot of work to be done. So right now we're just getting this wishlist down and later with our district friends, we get there in the workbook where we start to go, "Okay, well if these are the things we want, here's how we go about it." Start thinking about what would it look like in your classroom, and I put in brackets {five years from now}, if there was more student thinking.
So you don't have to have the answer right now, but this is a question for us to be thinking about. So if we're making this wishlist, it's like, what would that be? So I often say it's if someone says, "I wish that I won the lottery." And if you are really interested in applying the same logic here is you go, "Okay, so why would you like to win the lottery? What would life look like for you if you won the lottery? Does it mean you just have a Lamborghini and that's all? Or is it that you don't have to work every day or work on your favorite project? You can become the artist you always?" What would that look like for you if this wishlist item came true? So these are some of the things that we're sort of thinking in our heads. Some people might even put Jon...
And there is, again, no judgment with any of these wishlist items because I'll be honest and say if you talk to me in my first 10 years of teaching on my wishlist was higher marks. If there's higher marks in my mind, the question I need to do for, if I'm working with other educators, is: why? What does that do for your math program? How do we get there? What's going to help us get higher marks? So it's never saying, "Higher marks isn't a good wishlist item." Because no, that's the end result of something happening. So we have to keep digging here and try to figure out what does that look like, so that stays on the list and then we refine later as we go through the process.

Jon Orr: I like that. I'm often reminded of this phrase 'so that'. It's like: I want more student thinking, so that... And then complete that phrase. That can help you with why you're picking that goal. So it's like, "I want higher marks or I want better grades, or I want higher test scores so that this and this can happen or these other things happen to help you get there." So I like that you're kind of helping rephrase some of your magic wishlist items. Thinking about what really does that mean. Let's get to the part of it. Continue to ask why or continue to ask the 'so that' I can do this and 'so that' this can happen and 'so that' my students are actually understanding, 'so that' my students can have fluency when we're working with this. So sometimes the thinking backwards can help you get there as well.

Kyle Pearce: I love that. And you had mentioned this 'so that' idea, so I've got that again on the visual for our YouTube friends here. I also put underneath, it's like as soon as you said so that it reminded me of an if then statement. So however you choose to do it, it's up to you. But the reality is if I had higher marks, then blank could happen. So it's the same idea. It doesn't matter how you frame it, these are some of the things you're thinking about. And more specifically, obviously for yourself, it's harder to ask yourself questions about your current thinking because you're the one who came up with it, but this is more specifically for someone who's coaching or who's leading a group of educators as well. So when they say this, you are then sort of nudging them a little bit further with some of these prompts or some of these questions. Jon, what do you anticipate? What might be another wishlist item that may or may not pop into an educator's mind here?

Jon Orr: There's some other things that we should probably mention about your wishlist items too. And I think we should bring out the fact we have this sphere of influence or this sphere of control. So it's kind of like, "I wish I had better attendance." I think that can go on there. But then you can think about, "Okay, well how can I influence that?' And then also think about how you can't influence that. There are things that we have to say, "Okay, we can't influence that in these ways, but also I can influence that in this way." I can be welcoming to my students. Or we can talk about mindset when we think about mathematics.
Those are things we can influence with our teachers and our students. But then there are elements that we can't. So keep that in mind when you're creating your wishlist items. Because you might say, "I want students to demonstrate thinking in multiple ways. I want to be able to see that in my classroom." So it's like, "Okay, well I get there? Can I influence that or can I influence the teachers so they can influence that?" Yeah. Okay, and then we'll get into how to do that later on in your planning. But thinking about influence can also help you craft some of these examples.

Kyle Pearce: I love it. I love it. So some thoughts. So two things. I want to talk from two sides. So first of all, if you are a teacher thinking about your own classroom, jot down whatever comes to mind. So if attendance does come up, awesome, jot it down. For both the educator who's jotting the list down, it's harder because you're kind of working on your own. You might want to partner up with someone to push each other's thinking a little bit, especially for those who are in a role where they're working with a group of educators. When these higher marks attendance behavior, maybe better behavior might be on my wishlist item. For things like that, just remember that there's a reason those things are happening, and we want to get to the nuts and bolts of the reason. So the question when you said attendance, better attendance, not only is this as sphere of influence or concern things.
So which part can I influence? Which part can't I? But if I think about what I can influence, first of all, if I had better attendance, then what would that do? I think there's a lot of things we could do. My marks would be better, our kids would do better, all of those things would happen. But in particular, the question we want to ask is: why is attendance weak or inconsistent? So with some of these, we want to be thinking about: why are the marks poor? And the reason we want to ask these questions, and this is where a knowledgeable other will be really important for this conversation, is when I hear those things, what I realize is that it all comes back to effective teaching and learning practices in our classroom. And what we use with our district leads is we try to come back to NCTM eight effective teaching practices, and we do all kinds of work with trying, what do we focus on?
But if I have a effective mathematics program, a lot of these things at least decrease or they become less of a concern. So attendance will become less of a concern if I have a really well structured and effective mathematics teaching program. It won't necessarily eliminate it because I mean there are some scenarios where there's other things going on in life. But the reality is a lot of times these challenges that show up on our wishlist item is because of a bigger challenge or a bigger problem. Is it because my math class is inaccessible to some students in my classroom? Okay, how am I going to make my math class more accessible, more equitable, more culturally responsive? These are all things that emerge through this discussion. And for us, starting with the wishlist, it gives us speaking points and it gives you something to reflect on for your own classroom.
If you get this wishlist down, have a look, come back to it. Can you restate some of it? Can you dig deeper? Why are these things on your list? Is it really a different problem? Is this the result of a bigger challenge or am I missing something? And that might be where you can then reach out to other colleagues and connect with them to try to almost build a group wishlist together. And again, bring in some knowledgeable others to help you refine it and develop a vision for what you want in your math class. So this right here, Jon, is just the start of where we go with our district plan.
We also do, we're not going to spend too much time on it here today, but we'll at least give some friends some next steps on where we would go with the group after this initial wishlist is put together. And mind you, we're not saying we have, what, 5 things. Your list could be 40 things. We're not saying limit it to 5. I would say jot down as many as you can, see if there are any that are similar, you might want to group them together. Maybe it's a bigger chunk. Can you name it something else? But then what are we going to do after that?

Jon Orr: So the next part, after you've done what Kyle says, we will come back and refine the wishlist throughout say a coaching program or through our mentorship program. We do that often with our district members. But what would happen next and what you should think about next is basically we call it taking inventory. So you've made your grand list of your wishlist of all the things you want to happen and you want to see happen in the next five years. So you've made almost like a five year plan, but not really. You're just brainstormed ideas. Now what we want to do is as we continue to brainstorm, we want to envision what mathematics teaching looks like now and take some inventory of what's happening in our classroom. So we have to know this. So if I'm a teacher, I know what I see in my room every day. I have to just now think about what are the moves I make.
If I'm a math coach, you've probably visited and been in classrooms of teachers. Now if you're a district leader, you want to make sure that you've got into some rooms or you've got some feedback to go what is happening in our rooms? And so when we brainstorm that, we want to be very specific of what teaching practices we are seeing consistently and inconsistently. So what we have is we have a sheet to brainstorm those ideas. So we also want to break them down into almost two categories. So the first thing we want to do is think of an asset-based approach. We want to think, "What are we doing well right now? And what are we doing well consistently and what are we doing well, inconsistently?"
So if you're looking at us on YouTube, we're showing you what page two of our document looks like, and we've got this place for us to jot down like, "Hey, maybe we are looking at mathematical discourse." We're doing that well already. We've already had some inservice, we've already had that part of our goals in the past, and we've got most classrooms kind of building mathematical discourse in through math talks, number talks, warm up prompts. They're using those pretty consistently. When we walk into these different classrooms that we're thinking about and we can see that students are turning and talking to each other and we can name that right on our document, then what we can do is we can try to list all the things we're doing productively that are consistent and then going, "Hey, well are there anything that we're doing productively that we're not so inconsistent at with that we could improve upon?"
And that might help us with our magic wishlist from before. So we're going to list anything that we're doing inconsistently. So Kyle's jotting some ideas down for an example up on YouTube and he's saying, "Maybe we're not yet fully, consistently working through a problem solving in productive struggle with our students. We're still doing a lot of, I do, we do, you do models and we're not say getting our students hands dirty with a productive struggle type lesson or a problem based lesson yet, but we're seeing some of that and those are productive practices."
And then what you're going to want to do is once you've listed a bunch of those, or as much as you can think of or reflect on, then you turn to the unproductive practices. So these are the things that you're like, "I wish I could change or modify or switch into a productive practice." So you're looking at: what are we consistently doing that are unproductive? So thinking about some of those. And then think about: what are we inconsistently doing that is unproductive? So Kyle's writing, "Are we timing tests and yanking them away from kids before they're finished? Am I seeing around the world," which if you are an avid listener-

Kyle Pearce: We didn't plan that. I was writing it as you said it, Jon, around the world. What would I do instead of that? But to still try to get to the same result of what I'm trying to achieve through that.

Jon Orr: Yeah. So being specific here, if you're an avid listener of the podcast that this one 'around the world' activity, so many teachers who we've talked to, district leaders, thought leaders, teachers in the classroom through our mentoring moments when we asked them what their math moment was, so many have said this around the world has caused them so much anxiety and negative feelings towards mathematics. So we've always tried to change that. That's something that you might be still seeing, but just think about some of those unproductive practices that can be changed. You want to list these. Because what you're doing is you're taking inventory of where you are. So important to think about some of these practices so that you can start to move towards the next stage, which is thinking about some effective teaching practices and how we're comparing against those.

Kyle Pearce: I love it. And some people might be wondering, "Consistently or inconsistently using unproductive practices?" I would say don't stress over which column it goes in. If it's an unproductive practice, the important part is not really whether it's happening consistently or inconsistently, it's just giving you a spot to put some of these things that maybe you're know you're doing, but it's like you're doing it for a purpose. So I put, "Inconsistently, I'm giving test re-dos." And it's the only thing I know what to do when the whole class isn't doing well. So when the whole class doesn't do well, I give an opportunity for a test redo. So that would be an example of that. And I go, "Well, again, why am I doing that? Well, I want students to do better." Okay, is there a better way that we can do assessment and evaluation that gives students an opportunity to do better?
Oh, maybe, and this is where maybe you might need that knowledgeable other to help you with that is, oh, maybe standard space grading or using some of the tips from the assessment for growth course that we have in the Make Math Moments Academy might be something to help you with that piece. So ultimately, as you're going through the productive practices being used in your classroom, again over here you're kind of looking at if it's consistently happening, awesome. Maybe it's not that we're going to ignore that column, but we're going to maybe look at the inconsistent column and go, "How do I help to make that more consistent?" So that helps me with my focus for my vision, my vision's going to be a big vision. I want a lot of things for my students. But right now this is also helping me figure out: what do I want to focus my attention on as I work towards a vision?
So again, this is just the start of trying to figure out: what is my math vision for my math class? We're basically looking at: what do I want for my math classroom? If we kind of summarize today's episode. I want that magic wishlist. If I could wave my magic wand, what would I see happening in my math class? If you're a district leader, you're thinking, "If I could wave that magic wand, what would I see when I walk into any random classroom on a pretty regular basis? What would that list look like?" Then we're taking inventory of what is already happening, what isn't happening or what's happening consistently, what isn't happening so consistently. And then it's also highlighting, and the reason we bring up the unproductive practices, what are the things that we could maybe wave a magic wand and we wouldn't see so much of anymore, or maybe completely remove. That's a harder conversation.
But we want to get all of this down to start generating ideas. And as you do this, as you brain dump all of these ideas down, things start to come together. So this is the very beginning of the process and will take a lot of refining as you go. But I think these episodes, as we're recording them, it's the beginning of a school year for many people in North America anyway, or those in the Northern Hemisphere. We want you thinking about your vision for your classroom or your school or your district, and we want to help you sort of inch towards it. And throughout this next year, we're going to spend more time on some episodes discussing some of this process so that all of us can be refining our math class goals and getting closer to that vision that we want to see five years from now in our math classrooms.

Jon Orr: And again, just a reminder, if you want a copy of the first few pages of the planning document we use with our districts, you can head on over to makemathmoments.com/wishlist, and then that will get you a copy of the three pages anyway that kind of start this process of creating your magic wishlist and the inventory that you're seeing already. Next steps we have with our district members are to start comparing and reflecting on what we're seeing and then comparing those to the effective teaching practices and seeing where we stand on those. And then we basically start to craft and piece all of that together to craft a vision statement for your district. And we use that for say, the three to five year journey that we're going to go on with districts to craft their program.
So Kyle, let's take a moment again and just remind them about that document they can grab and fill out. It is at makemathmoments.com/wishlist. And we are looking forward to seeing the wishlist from you folks. So hey, you could share some of your wishlist items over on any of our social media. If you're already a member of the academy, you know can head to the community area and post in your progress log what your wishlist could look like. You can get to the Facebook page and make a post there where we have an active community who are folks who are sharing ideas back and forth. So you could say, "Guys, I just listened to episode where you talked about the magic wishlist. Hey, these are the things I was thinking. What are your thoughts on that?"

Kyle Pearce: I love it. I love it. We would love to see it. And John, that's something that I'm always loving is when we see people reflecting on something we've discussed on the podcast or in any of our webinars and they share it on social media or they share it in a rating or review on their favorite podcast platform or on YouTube for those who are watching and following along with us in this document, definitely get that out there. Fills our heart. And also, if you are in a school or district leader role where this is intriguing you, you're looking at it going like, "Holy smokes, what is my math vision for my district?" Or maybe you do have a math vision, but you're like, "I'm not sure if it's clear to everyone, to all stakeholders in my district," and you'd like some support with that, some mentorship. If you want that other knowledgeable other coming to the table to have these discussions to maybe push your thinking a little bit to even just review what's happening, our district mentorship program is exactly what you are in search of.
So head over to makemathmoments.com/district. You'll notice there we have some information about that program, but you'll see a call button. Book a call to hop on with one of our team members and we'll chat with you. We'll talk a little bit about where you're at and maybe have some insight for you as to where you go next. Who knows, maybe you are the next district that we're going to be working with. Note that we only take on a certain number of districts because as you know, mentorship does take time, it does take effort. It also takes a clear mind on our team's part. So maybe you'll be one of those few districts that we work with this year. Again, that's at makemathmoments.com/district. And we can't wait to hop on a call with you sometime soon.

Jon Orr: In order to ensure you don't miss out on our new episodes as they come out each Monday morning, like this one did, subscribe on your favorite podcast platform and don't forget to leave a review so that other teachers can find the podcast and it goes into the algorithm and it spits it out to people and recommends it so the more teachers and more students can make math moments in their classrooms.

Kyle Pearce: Well, my friends, until next time when hey, guess what, it's going to be episode 200 next time, because this time, it's episode 199. And remember, those show notes are over on makemathmoments.com/episode199. Next time we're going to be in episode 200, so we're super excited for that. I'm Kyle Pearce.

Jon Orr: And I'm Jon Orr.

Kyle Pearce: Hi-fives for us.

Jon Orr: And a hi-five for you.

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