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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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Episode #65 The Concept Holding Your Students Back

Episode #65 The Concept Holding Your Students Back

We are bringing you another Make Math Moments MASTERCLASS! Do you know what concept is holding your students back the most? PROPORTIONAL REASONING! We have found that reasoning proportionally is the concept that prevents many students from developing a deeper level of thinking towards number sense, algebra, measurement, and functions! In this episode we’ll explore why our students are struggling with this concept, how we can help students from various grades, and how you can develop a deeper understanding of proportional reasoning so you can ensure your students…

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Episode #64 – Are You Missing The Mark With 3-Act Math Tasks?  An Interview with Graham Fletcher

Episode #64 – Are You Missing The Mark With 3-Act Math Tasks? An Interview with Graham Fletcher

Today we have GFletchy himself! Yes, today on the podcast we have 3-Act Math Task Builder, National Speaker, and Math Specialist Graham Fletcher.

Stick around while we chat with our good ol Canadian friend who’s transplanted in America on what it really means to assess, how to leverage engagement in your math class, where some teachers miss the mark when teaching through tasks, why tasks are great for formative assessment rather than summative assessment, and how to view your lesson from 60000 ft instead 6 inches.

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Episode #63: Convincing Students To Value Struggle – A Math Mentoring Moment

Episode #63: Convincing Students To Value Struggle – A Math Mentoring Moment

Christina Marin is a dedicated and reflective middle school teacher from the Bay Area in California. We talk with Christina today about struggles around how students are resistant to learning through productive struggle. Especially students who have been successful in traditional math classes.

In our conversation we talk about how using purposeful questioning and planning can give you the confidence you need to convince students that the struggle is worth it.

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Episode #62: Learning Trajectories & Running Records: An Interview with Dr. Nicki Newton

Episode #62: Learning Trajectories & Running Records: An Interview with Dr. Nicki Newton

We have a treat for you today. We’re speaking with the great and obviously passionate Dr. Nicki Newton. By the end of this episode you’ll wish Nicki could just keep on going. She shares with us today her passion about learning trajectories and why we all need to learn them for various mathematical ideas.
She fills us in why we should be using running running records, and she gives you many knowledge bombs and resources during this one hour session.

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Episode #61 How to Transform Your Textbook Into A Curiosity Machine

Episode #61 How to Transform Your Textbook Into A Curiosity Machine

Ever felt like you were blindly teaching through the textbook to “cover” the curriculum?
We have too!
Teaching math exclusively from your textbook is like teaching with a bag over your head.
The textbook doesn’t allow you to SEE your students. It doesn’t take into account who your students are and where they are on their learning path.
The textbook doesn’t allow you to HEAR your students. It struggles to provide meaningful opportunities for your students to discuss, collaborate, and reason with peers.
The textbook doesn’t provide resources that spark curiosity and ENGAGE your students.
BUT …
Throwing out the textbook is NOT the answer either.
Why spend hours of your limited planning time searching the internet for better resources just to find that you have to PAY for those resources out of your own pocket?
Instead, learn how to use the resources you already have access to so that you can Make Math Moments That Matter!

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Episode #60 How to coach teachers for effective change: A Math Mentoring Moment

Episode #60 How to coach teachers for effective change: A Math Mentoring Moment

In this Math Mentoring Moment Episode we speak with Patrick Kosal. Patrick a math coach from Mooresville, North Carolina – who isn’t seeing that ongoing drive to continue striving effective teaching practices in the teachers he works with. Stick with us as we learn how working with teachers is similar to working with students and how it’s not! How we can spark a love of learning in teachers we work with. Easy strategies to help “resistor teachers” change ineffective (but comfortable) old-school practices?
And… How can we help teachers address the issue of “we don’t have enough time”

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Episode #59: Singapore Methodology: An Interview with Sarah Schaefer

Episode #59: Singapore Methodology: An Interview with Sarah Schaefer

Today we speak with Sarah Schaefer who is the go-to person when learning about the Singapore Methodology. Sarah is the Principal at M4thodology in Atlantic beach Fl and unleashes a bunch of great tips and ideas on how to use the singapore methodology in your classroom. You’ll also hear about how the Singapore method falls in line with the 5 practices and how you can use lesson study to avoid teacher isolation.

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Episode #58: How We Started Math Council and Why You Should, Too!

Episode #58: How We Started Math Council and Why You Should, Too!

Today we speak with Craig Guthrie and Brenda Delduca as they share their insights, wisdom and experience on starting up a math council in their school. Craig and Brenda both joined our very own Kyle Pearce among others in an international project with Canada and Norway.

Stick with us as they’ll also share what they learned about the power of student voice from visiting schools in Norway and how they brought that learning back to their school.

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Episode #56  Authoring Our Math Identities – An Interview with Lauren Baucom

Episode #56 Authoring Our Math Identities – An Interview with Lauren Baucom

This week we chat with Sara VanDerWerf, former K-12 Math Lead with Minneapolis Public Schools who taught grades 7 through 12, the President of the Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and independent mathematics consultant. Lean in as we chat with Sara about her journey from being a fast “calculator” in her own K through 12 learning experience to focusing on making student thinking visible in the classroom. We can’t wait to dive into Sara’s backstory as well as some great tips and resources for your own teaching practice.

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