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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? 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! Subscribe by searching or us on your preferred platform or by clicking here:  iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, RSS, or wherever you get your podcasts. 

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Our Episodes

Episode #78: How to Organize Your Course and Day to Day Plans – A Math Mentoring Moment

Episode #78: How to Organize Your Course and Day to Day Plans – A Math Mentoring Moment

In this episode we chat with Jennifer L’Arrivee a high school science and math teacher from British Columbia. After learning about spiralling in our online workshop this past Fall, Jennifer is on a mission to implement a content organizational structure that will maximize retention and understanding in her science and math classes. Listen in as she picks our brains about best approaches to stay organized both with content standards and with classroom activities.

Stick around for this mentoring moment episode where we brainstorm with Jennifer how we can be more intentional with our planning, how to organize our day-to-day using google spreadsheets, and how to organize a whole course so you’re not overwhelmed.

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Episode #77: Up For Debate – An Interview With Chris Luzniak

Episode #77: Up For Debate – An Interview With Chris Luzniak

You’re listening to the ever so charming math teacher & department chair at the Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles, and debate guru Chris Luzniak.

We chat with Chris about why we should have students debate in math class, how you can get started with this routine in any classroom, what pitfalls to watch out for, and where you can go to get resources to make this happen in your classroom!

Let the Debate begin!!!!

Let’s do it!

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Episode #76: COVID-19 Struggles Shared During Our Recent Q&A Webcall

Episode #76: COVID-19 Struggles Shared During Our Recent Q&A Webcall

Hey there, Math Moment Makers! This episode is a little different from our usual episodes as we look to give you a glimpse of some of the other places that we’re trying to learn with Math Moment Makers like YOU from around the world.

In addition to hosting this podcast each week and working our day jobs in classrooms, we also host the Make Math Moments Academy. The Academy is a membership site for ongoing professional development and support specifically crafted for teachers who are seeking ways to create Math Moments on a regular basis in their classrooms.

Each month we usually hold a LIVE Q & A session with our members to talk about current problems of practice from the classroom, but right now, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have been meeting weekly!

These chats have been really energizing, so we wanted to share a recent recording of our LIVE Q&A Webcall from April 22 2020.

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Episode #75: Would You Rather Math – An Interview With John Stevens

Episode #75: Would You Rather Math – An Interview With John Stevens

In today’s episode, we welcome Math Moment Maker, John Stevens to the podcast! John is an instructional coach for mathematics and technology, who not only supports the teachers he works with throughout his district, but educators from around the world with his many resources.

Dive into this episode with John and we’ll unpack how you can facilitate debates in math class using his free online resource, wouldyourathermath.com, how to bring parents to the table with his Table Talk Math resources, and a great resource parents can lean on to help their children avoid the dreaded summer slide.

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Episode #74: When Do I Nudge and When Do I Coach? A “Where Are They Now?” Math Mentoring Moment.

Episode #74: When Do I Nudge and When Do I Coach? A “Where Are They Now?” Math Mentoring Moment.

In another in a series of “Where Are They Now?” episodes we chat with Kirsten Dyck a part-time teacher and part-time math coach. We chatted with Kirsten way back in episode #9 about Intentionality and learning goal.
In this episode we hear from Kirsten how she’s made progress on her goals since we last spoke.

Stick around and you’ll learn how she’s adapted the Thinking Classroom to further student learning; how she has focused on making the connection and consolidation stage of her lessons a priority; and how she’s applying coaching techniques to incrementally nudge her teachers down a path toward a thinking classroom.

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Episode #73: It’s not about tech, it’s about good teaching: An Interview with Cathy Yenca.

Episode #73: It’s not about tech, it’s about good teaching: An Interview with Cathy Yenca.

Cathy Yenca is a middle school teacher from Austin, Texas who has been leading the charge in effective math teaching pedagogy and effective use of technology in math class.

The Mathy Cathy blog is a go-to spot not only because she routinely shares great resources and reflections, but because she is constantly sharing interesting ways to use technology to help her formatively assess students on an ongoing basis and to give her students a voice in math class.

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Episode #72: How Can I Spark Curiosity During Emergency Remote Learning: A Math Mentoring Moment

Episode #72: How Can I Spark Curiosity During Emergency Remote Learning: A Math Mentoring Moment

In another “Where Are They Now?” episode we chat with Katrien Vance a teacher of 25+ years from Charlottesville, Virginia who has participated in our online workshop over a year ago; she’s a member of the Make Math Moments Academy, and she’s a make math moments podcast alumni.

We spoke with Katrien way back on episode 8 where we heard all about her transformation from a traditional teacher into a curiosity instigator. If you haven’t listened to episode 8 yet, we won’t hold it against you if you pause this one and cue up that episode. You won’t regret it.
In this Where are they now episode Katrien fills us in on what her classroom has looked liked and sounded like over the past year, as well as how she is dealing with emergency remote teaching in this age of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Episode #71: Powerful Numeracy: An Interview With Pam Harris

Episode #71: Powerful Numeracy: An Interview With Pam Harris

Today we interview Pam Harris; a former high school teacher turned mathematics consultant living in Austin Texas. When she’s not teaching pre-service teachers at Texas State University, she’s out and about leading K-12 mathematics professional development sessions, writing books, and courses.

We’re eager to share this fantastic conversation with Pam about what it means to do math, defining the “end goal” when teaching a concept, discussing the difference between models and strategies, and why math is FIGUREOUTABLE!

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Episode #70: It’s Not The Resource, It’s What You Do With It – A Math Mentoring Moment

Episode #70: It’s Not The Resource, It’s What You Do With It – A Math Mentoring Moment

That is the Math Moment Maker Takiesha Martinez from San Antonio Texas. Takiesha talks with us about how to decide which resources are the best for her students, how to create an inclusive learning environment, how to increase mathematical discourse and collaboration, and how to plan with intentionality so that you can get the most out of your resources.

What you’re about to hear is another Math Mentoring Moment Episode where we speak with a math moment maker like you who is working on a problem of practice and together we brainstorm a plan for overcoming these challenges.

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Episode: COVID-19 – How to Move Forward?

Episode: COVID-19 – How to Move Forward?

In this extra episode of the Making Math Moments That Matter Podcast we’re sharing a recording of our Monthly Live Q and A call with the Make Math Moments Academy members. In this live chat Jon & Kyle discuss the COVID-19 Pandemic and how it’s affecting our home-work life and the home-school life of our students. They answer questions from the community around teaching online, engaging students with math when working from home and resources that can help you do that.

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