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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 #99: We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know – An Interview With Farshid Safi

Episode #99: We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know – An Interview With Farshid Safi

Today we speak with Farshid Safi from the University of Central Florida. We reached out to Farshid after his presentation in NCTM 100 Days of Learning.

In Farshid’s work with educators he helps teachers see how context and connection must take priority above all else. He weaves the mathematical content we have to teach with student identity and their humanness.

Stick around while we learn how to have conversations about equity with your colleagues, why we need to be generalists instead of specialists and, how can we as educators impact our community?

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Episode #98: The Thinking Classroom Part 2: An interview with Peter Liljedahl

Episode #98: The Thinking Classroom Part 2: An interview with Peter Liljedahl

In this episode we speak with the godfather of the Thinking Classroom Peter Liljedahl. We spoke with Peter way back on episode 21 of the podcast about how he built the components of the thinking classroom and we needed to bring him back on because we only got through a fraction of what we needed to!

If you haven’t listened yet to Episode 21 we strongly encourage you to push pause on this one and head over there to give it a listen. But once you’re done listening there you’ll be itching to get back to listening to this one.

Stick around because as always Peter drops some classroom move knowledge bombs! In particular he shares why groups of 3 are better than groups of 2 in your math class; how to choose a task to fit the environment instead of modifying your environment to fit the task; 4 practices that help move group synergy work to an individual knowing; and, why “descriptions” of effective teaching strategies shouldn’t necessarily lead to “prescriptions”

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Episode #97 How To Implement & Consolidate Problem Based Lessons Remotely – A Math Mentoring Moment

Episode #97 How To Implement & Consolidate Problem Based Lessons Remotely – A Math Mentoring Moment

In this episode we speak with Math Moment Maker Stephanie Moore from North Carolina. Stephanie is a college instructor recently became a Making Math Moments Certified Educator after enrolling in our Full Online Workshop.

We chat with Stephanie about how to prepare students who are underprepared, how to handle lesson flops and what to do next, and what can you do when it seems everyone is struggling.

This is another Math Mentoring Moment episode where we talk with a member of the Math Moment Maker Community who is working through struggles and together we brainstorm possible next steps and strategies to overcome them.

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Episode #96 : Focus & Grow – A Where Are They Now Math Mentoring Moment.

Episode #96 : Focus & Grow – A Where Are They Now Math Mentoring Moment.

In another “Where are they now?” episode series we bring back on 5th grade math teacher Matt Makuch from Victoria BC. Matt’s back to talk about the changes he made in his classroom around Vertical non-permanent surfaces, anticipating student solutions, and differentiating his instruction to meet all levels of learners in his class.

This is another Math Mentoring Moment episode where we talk with a member of the Math Moment Maker Community who is working through struggles and together we brainstorm possible next steps and strategies to overcome them.

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Episode #95: The Vast Majority of Ed-Tech Is Garbage: An Interview with Eli Luberoff

Episode #95: The Vast Majority of Ed-Tech Is Garbage: An Interview with Eli Luberoff

In this episode Eli Luberoff, the CEO of Desmos not only shares why he thinks most ed-tech software doesn’t make the grade he shares significant insight on what makes Desmos a thought leader in math education.

Stick around while we chat about how ed-tech can hinder learning and how ed-tech can help learning; how a software company’s guiding design principles can make you a better coach and/or teacher; and, why we need to be active and not passive when ensuring accessibility and equity in our classrooms.

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Episode #94: How To Make Your Middle Schoolers Feel As Safe As They Did In Primary – A Math Mentoring Moment

Episode #94: How To Make Your Middle Schoolers Feel As Safe As They Did In Primary – A Math Mentoring Moment

Today we speak with Maia from the Boston area. Maia is a middle school math teacher and is working hard to make all students feel a sense of belonging in her classroom just like they felt when they were in Grade 2. You’ll hear about her own Math Moment that she remembers from math class and how it inspires her to build her own lessons, the work she’s been doing implementing structures from the Routines for Reasoning book, and how she wants to better help her students gain confidence to share their “rough draft thinking” with their peers.

This is another Math Mentoring Moment episode where we talk with a member of the Math Moment Maker Community who is working through common problems of practice where together we brainstorm possible next steps and strategies to overcome them.

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Episode #93: How to Clear A Path For Growth: A Math Mentoring Where Are They Now Moment

Episode #93: How to Clear A Path For Growth: A Math Mentoring Where Are They Now Moment

Today on this Where Are They Now Math Mentoring we speak with Laura Tomas from Palm Beach county in Florida. Laura ‘s been teaching for 28 years and she’s an instructional coach for her school.

Laura chats with us today about how she’s applied the suggestions and learning from our conversation back on episode 46 to help her teachers grow as educators. Laura shares how she implemented her plan, what struggles she had, and where she looks to go next as an instructional coach.

This is another Math Mentoring Moment episode where we talk with a member of the Math Moment Maker Community who is working through struggles and together we brainstorm possible next steps and strategies to overcome them.

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Episode #92: How Do I Manage A Thinking Classroom During a Pandemic? – A Math Mentoring Moment

Episode #92: How Do I Manage A Thinking Classroom During a Pandemic? – A Math Mentoring Moment

Today we speak with Carmen Sinatra from Richmond Hill Ontario. Carmen is gearing up for her new school year during the pandemic and like many teachers she’s asking questions like: How can we safely use vertical non-permanent surfaces in our classrooms? How do we create groups? How do I plan a 2.5 hour math block?

This is another Math Mentoring Moment episode where we talk with a member of the Math Moment Maker Community who is working through struggles and together we brainstorm possible next steps and strategies to overcome them.

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Episode #91: 3 Things We Can Learn From Online Learning

Episode #91: 3 Things We Can Learn From Online Learning

This week, Jon and Kyle reflect on their experience teaching remotely and realize that while the experience was (and continues to be) a struggle for many, with hardship comes new learning.
Stick around as we search for the silver linings that can easily go unnoticed.

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Episode #90: What First Day Of School Activities Should I Use? – A Math Mentoring Moment

Episode #90: What First Day Of School Activities Should I Use? – A Math Mentoring Moment

That there is Whitney Becker – a middle school math teacher from Alabama. Whitney joined us to discuss what activities are great on the first day of school to show students what we as teachers value instead of just going over the rules and syllabus.
This is another Math Mentoring Moment episode where we talk with a member of the Math Moment Maker Community who is working through struggles and together we brainstorm possible next steps and strategies to overcome them.

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