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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 #89: Dan Meyer & Three Act Math

Episode #89: Dan Meyer & Three Act Math

Today we speak with the creator of the 3-act math structure, Guinness Book of World Record holder, national speaker, and Chief Academic Officer at Desmos, Dan Meyer.

We get the dirt on Dan’s background as a student and early days as a teacher. He shares his insights on what lessons should look like, sound like and he lets us in on what a Chief Academic Officer really does.

Stick around and you learn the origin story of the 3-Act math structure and why you need to know about it; how to use what you value in math lessons to bring out wonder and perplexity; the good and bad of ed-tech: what makes a great tech tool while teaching remotely; and, tow being culturally aware humans can make us better teachers.

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Episode #88 How To Start The School Year Off Right From A Distance

Episode #88 How To Start The School Year Off Right From A Distance

Kyle and Jon share their insights on what was working and what needed improvement from their emergency remote teaching time before summer and provide suggestions on how you can start this coming school year off on the right foot.

Stick around and you’ll hear how to set the stage to inspire curiosity throughout the school year; how to build trust with your students so you can create an inclusive classroom culture; and, activities that are essential for the first day of class.

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Episode #87 How To Teach My Class When Students Are Underprepared – A Math Mentoring Moment

Episode #87 How To Teach My Class When Students Are Underprepared – 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 #86: Catalyzing Change – An Interview with Robert Q. Berry

Episode #86: Catalyzing Change – An Interview with Robert Q. Berry

Today we’re speaking with Robert Q. Berry, he’s a past NCTM president, he’s a professor in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, and author of numerous books and articles on equity issues in mathematics education. Stick around to hear Robert discuss math moments he’s had as a student and a teacher. We’ll dive into a book series he’s been working on: Catalyzing Change, we’ll answer questions like: why we need to spark wonder and joy in our students and how you can implement equitable teaching practices into your classroom.

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Episode #85: Financial Literacy Isn’t Just For Students

Episode #85: Financial Literacy Isn’t Just For Students

While many of us are passionate about teaching mathematics, we’ve found that more often than not many educators do not leave ourselves enough time, energy, or maybe just aren’t interested in learning about money management and in particular, investing despite how mathematically centered finance is.
This episode is a little different in what we normally share, but we feel that financial literacy is so important for our students to learn and in turn, we must learn about it as well.
So, sit back and listen in while we get down and dirty with why you need to learn about managing money, what to do with that “extra” money you’re saving by getting started with investing, and create a framework in your life where finances are taken care of so you can “Get on with your life!”
Let’s get into it!

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Episode #84: When The Tension Overtakes The Room – A Math Mentoring Moment

Episode #84: When The Tension Overtakes The Room – A Math Mentoring Moment

Today we speak with Ryan Foley from Spokane, Washington. Ryan is a 6th grade math and science teacher, who became a Making Math Moments That Matter Certified Teacher after taking our online workshop! 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. Together, we’ll brainstorm a plan for overcoming these challenges.

In particular, we chat with Ryan about how to select and sequence your student work while running your lesson; why planning with purpose will allow you to be more flexible in the classroom; and how to build purposeful practice into your lesson plans.

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Episode #83: How To Get Your Students Motivated – An Interview With Ilana Horn

Episode #83: How To Get Your Students Motivated – An Interview With Ilana Horn

In this episode we speak with Ilana Horn – A professor of math education at Vanderbilt University. Llana’s work is motivated by the underperformance of students in mathematics. Today we talk with Llana about her book Motivated and what is needed to START to motivate your students.

Ilana calls her book the prequel to Peg Smith and Mary K. Stein’s book The 5 Practices to Orchestrating Productive Mathematical Discussions and we can’t agree more. There’s so much that we overlook when planning lessons that will either make or break what you do in the classroom.

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Episode #82: Mathematics for Human Flourishing – An Interview with Francis Su

Episode #82: Mathematics for Human Flourishing – An Interview with Francis Su

Francis Su is a professor at Harvey Mudd College in California, he’s a past president of the Mathematical Association of America, he’s won multiple awards for teaching, and he’s the author of a new book Mathematics for Human Flourishing.

In this episode we chat with Francis about how learning mathematics can help us become better human beings; how can mathematics help us become better at exploring truth and justice; and, how to change your assessment to reflect what you value.

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Episode #81: Creating Balance in Personalized Learning: A Math Mentoring Moment.

Episode #81: Creating Balance in Personalized Learning: A Math Mentoring Moment.

In another “Where are they now?” episode series we bring back on 6th grade math teacher Sam Brotherton from St. Louis Missouri. Sam’s back to talk about the changes he made in his classroom around assessment, lesson design and how practice fits in. He also talks to us about his new challenges around personalized learning.

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 #80 How Can A Fractured Educator Teach The Whole Student? – An Interview with Hema Khodai

Episode #80 How Can A Fractured Educator Teach The Whole Student? – An Interview with Hema Khodai

That is Hema Khodai, an educator who lives relatively close to Kyle and I in Mississauga Ontario. Hema is a high school math teacher turned instructional resource teacher. We speak with Hema today about her 2019 Make Math Moments Virtual Summit presentation called “Who is a Mathematician”. Hema’s session was one of the most watched sessions during our two-day virtual conference back in November.

Stick around to hear how relationships help build / or wreck a student’s ability to identify as a mathematician; why it’s so important that we educators know our why; and how math has to be a community endeavour.

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