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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 #55 – Seeing Before Showing: An Interview with Sara VanDerWerf

Episode #55 – Seeing Before Showing: An Interview with Sara VanDerWerf

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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Episode #54 What does an effective math block look like? A Math Mentoring Moment

Episode #54 What does an effective math block look like? A Math Mentoring Moment

Today we speak with Rob Baier, a math learning specialist from southern Pennsylvania who is wondering what a truly effective math learning block should look like. What you’re about to hear is another Math Mentoring Moment Episode where we speak with a math moment maker like you who is struggling with an idea and together we brainstorm a plan for improvement.

Stick with us as we frame out with Rob what his 80 minute block should look like to fuel student sense making….

HIT IT!

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Episode #53 – Open Middle Math: An Interview with Robert Kaplinsky

Episode #53 – Open Middle Math: An Interview with Robert Kaplinsky

This week we sit down with problem creator, national presenter, and now author, Robert Kaplinsky. In this tip-filled episode we chat with Robert about how to implement problem based lessons so kids high 5 each other, how we can squeeze open middle problems into our routines and why we should, and finally we chat about Robert’s mission to provide great professional development to teachers no matter their geographical location.

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Episode #52 The Purpose of Assessment: A Math Mentoring Moment

Episode #52 The Purpose of Assessment: A Math Mentoring Moment

Today we talk about a big concern from many teachers!! — Assessment in math class. More specifically we speak with Steven Sevel, a teacher from Vaughan Ontario and our online Make math Moments Academy who has joined us for a math mentoring moment episode. Like many of us in the Math Moment Maker Community, Steven is continually asking questions about the best way to assess his students.
Stay with us as we talk about the purpose of assessment, Standards based grading, feedback, assessment tools such as Freshgrade and mindset!

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Episode #51: Reimagining the work done in math classrooms: An Interview with Jose Vilson

Episode #51: Reimagining the work done in math classrooms: An Interview with Jose Vilson

This week we talk with Jose Vilson, an educator from Harlem New York. Jose is a national speaker, an author he was named one of GOOD Inc.’s GOOD100 in 2013 of leaders changing their worlds and an Aspen Ideas Scholar in 2013. He has also spoken at TEDxNYED, Education Writers Association Annual Conference, Netroots Nation, The US Department of Education, and the Save Our Schools March.
His blog, TheJoseVilson.com, was named one of the top 25 Education Blogs by Scholastic, and Education World. We chat with Jose today about How we should REIMAGINe THE WORK IN MATH CLASSROOMS, Why trust and classroom culture are the most important parts of teaching and Why Teacher Voice is important at the district level.

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Episode #49: Adding Parents To The Equation: An Interview with Hilary Kreisberg & Matthew Beyranevand

Episode #49: Adding Parents To The Equation: An Interview with Hilary Kreisberg & Matthew Beyranevand

We have two wonderful and hilariously entertaining educators who are passionate about helping parents navigate math education. Hilary Kresiberg and Matthew Beyranevand have co authored an amazing book called Adding Parents To The Equation. Stick around and learn how to help parents help their children with math at home, what resources parents can use to help nurture mathematics with their children, how to help parents navigate educational jargon, how to help parents develop their own growth mindset, how to support parents with the actual mathematics we teach and what teachers can do to support parents from the classroom.

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Episode #48: Three Levels of Learning Goals – A Math Mentoring Moment

Episode #48: Three Levels of Learning Goals – A Math Mentoring Moment

This week we chat with an eighth grade teacher in his 6th year of teaching trying to hash through resource overwhelm, assessment techniques, frameworks, and community building.
In this Math Mentoring Moment episode Aseem Kelly shares with us the three levels of learning goals in math class, how to choose the best resources for your students, and how to narrow your focus so that your students can succeed.

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

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

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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