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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. 

Our Episodes

Episode #47: How Social Media & Reflection Strengthens PD!

Today we speak with our good friend and colleague David Petro. David is the Math Coordinator for the Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board in Windsor Ontario Canada, the current OAME President, and Ontario’s resident math lessons curator. David has been actively sharing resources on his website and on twitter for years.

We chat with David about resource sharing, online learning, what his favourite activities are, and how you can get started with them!

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Episode #46: How do I spark a love of learning in my fellow educators. A Math Mentoring Moment

Today on this Math Mentoring Episode we speak with Laura Tomas from Palm Beach county in Florida. Laura ‘s been teaching for 27 years and she’s an instructional coach for her school. Laura chats with us today about how we can spark the love of learning in our fellow teachers and colleagues. Stick around while we talk about how being vulnerable can allow you to become a better educator, how you can help teachers create a lifelong learning attitude for themselves, and a bunch of tips on how to help switch educators mindsets.

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Episode #45 – Global Math Week, Exploding Dots, and James Tanton

Today we bring back one of our very first guests: James Tanton back on the show! We love talking to James because he is so passionate about the discipline of mathematics and he has some exciting, timely news to share!

We chatted with James way back in episode #6 where we discussed his math background, his memorable math moment and his passionate views on mathematics. If you haven’t got a chance to listen to episode 6 you should jump over to that episode right now and give that a listen, then come back here to hear James talk more about Exploding dots, how teaching polynomial division is the same as multiplying in grade 5 and vice versa, and he fills us in on Global Math Week and how you can get involved.

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Episode #44 – Building Math Minds: An Interview with Christina Tondevold

Today we speak with the recovering traditionalist Christina Tondevold. Christina previously taught mathematics traditionally much like we did and Now she gets to work with teachers in developing students’ mathematical understandings in ways that are not limited by the traditional ways of doing and teaching mathematics through her site BuildMathMinds.com where you can get PD in Your PJs.
Stick with us as we learn What is number sense and why is it so important, What are the 4 early numeracy concepts that all teachers should know and understand how to teach? What are the 4 number relationships? And finally what steps you can take to ensure you learn fundamental mathematical progressions underlying students’ understandings of number sense.

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Episode #43 The Missing Voices In Math: An interview With Rafranz Davis

Today we speak with the author of The Missing Voices in Edtech: Bringing Diversity into Edtech. Rafranz Davis. Rafranz is an instructional technologist and national speaker that uses her voice to challenge those in education communities on topics of edtech, equity, and diversity in education.

In this episode we speak with Rafranz on what experiences she’s had that shaped her beliefs and values on education, she shares what she thinks diversity is and what it is not, how we should teach students first and foremost, and how we educators can learn a thing or two from boy bands!

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Episode #42: How Do I Spiral My Math Standards Without Spiralling Out Of Control! [Part 2 of A Math Mentoring Moment]

This week Michael Rubin from our Math Mentoring Moment Episode #40 is back to continue the conversation from proceeding vs. pivoting to organizing his course content. Yes, this episode packs in a great conversation about Spiralling your math standards WITHOUT spiralling out of control.

If you haven’t yet listened to episode #40, be sure to STOP – and GO LISTEN NOW! If you already HAVE listened, then let’s pick up the conversation where we left off and pivot the conversation into a deep dive around spiralling Michael’s math course for the very first time. You’ll grab some great value bombs from this episode…

Let’s get ready to talk SPIRALLING your math curriculum!

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Episode #41 – Math Gals: An Interview With Chrissy Newell

You’re listening to Chrissy Newell, a math projects coordinator from California who has been leading the #MathGals movement. We chat with chrissy about how we can raise awareness to underrepresented women in the field of mathematics and also what we can do to empower girls in math class so they can thrive while they have a sense of belonging.
Stick around while Chrissy shares three action items for you to implement in your classroom!

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Episode #40: How Do I Know When To Proceed Or Pivot My Plan? – [Math Mentoring Moment]

This week we speak with Michael Rubin, a Math Moment Maker who has been diving into a TON of Math Professional Learning over the past year as he gears up to make a return to the math classroom. Join in on the conversation as Michael shares his recent successes learning from the many math educators sharing online, our weekly tasks/tips/tools weekly email, as well as some epiphanies he’s had since taking our Online Workshop recently.

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