The Build Math Minds Podcast
Summary: The Build Math Minds podcast is for my fellow Recovering Traditionalists out there. If you don’t know whether or not you are a Recovering Traditionalist, here’s how I define us. We are math educators who used to teach math the traditional way. Flip lesson by lesson in the textbook, directly teaching step-by-step how to solve math problems. But now, we are working to change that to a style of teaching math that is fun and meets our students where they are at, not just teaching what comes next in the textbook. We want to encourage our students to be thinkers, problem solvers, and lovers of mathematics..we are wanting to build our students math minds and not just create calculators. If that is you, then this podcast is for you.
Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 30, where we are going to get inspiration from Jessica Boyer, a 4th Grade Math Specialist. In this interview, Jessica mentions that her school has no curriculum for her to use. Now I’m not a fan of relying solely on a textbook and I’m a big advocate of teaching without a textbook. Jessica mentions how the extreme end of the spectrum can also be difficult. When you don’t have a textbook to follow you aren’t sure where to go.
Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 29. Today we are delving into a touchy subject as I ask “Are you Indispensable?” I’m a firm believer that things come into our lives when we need it. The day I’m recording this, after I dropped my kids off at school I was looking for a podcast to listen to on my drive. A podcast I hadn’t listened to in a long time popped up. The podcast is Entreleadership and the title of the episode was “Are you Indispensable?” Intrigued by the title
Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 28. Today we are looking at Teaching Mathematics through Problem Solving. Unfortunately, what we think of about Problem Solving has greatly been influenced by textbooks (just another reason why I’m not a fan of them). If you open up almost any elementary math textbook you will find lessons on Problem Solving. These lessons are well-meaning but they try to teach students steps to follow when solving problems.
Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 27. Today we are looking at Using Kids’ Intuitive Mathematical Reasoning If you follow my blog, The Recovering Traditionalist, then you know that I’m doing a series of videos to kick off the school year all about how and why to teach math without a textbook. One of the biggest influences on my belief about teaching math without a textbook is the research of Cognitively Guided Instruction.
Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 26. Today we are looking at Adding It Up. It’s the start of the school year here in the U.S and for many educators that means a new math textbook. As I was reading back through the book Adding It Up: Helping Children Learn Mathematics for my recent vlog post I was reminded why I really don’t like textbooks. I believe they give everyone, the principal, the teacher, the parents, and so on a false sense of comfort.
Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 25, where we are going to get inspiration and information from Carri Naumann-Monti, an Educational Therapist who works with students who have language-based learning differences. Go to the show notes to get all the links: buildmathminds.com/25
Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 24. Today we are discussing Exceptionally Bright Children. Ok, so I’m just going to say this upfront that this episode may go a bit longer than my normal book insight episodes and I’m going to try not to cry while doing this. I’m going to tell a personal story before I get into the book I want to talk about because I bet you probably have a child like my son in your classroom.
Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 23. Today we are looking at creating a Bottoms Up Hundred Chart. Today’s insight comes from the article Bottoms Up Hundred Chart? by Jennifer Bay-Williams and Graham Fletcher. As you start to prepare for school to start back up, a common thing in elementary classrooms is the Hundred Chart. There are things I don’t like about using a hundred chart, but one thing they are great for is investigating patterns.
Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 22. Today we get insight into how Young Children Reinvent Arithmetic. Today’s insight comes from the book Young Children Reinvent Arithmetic: Implications of Piaget’s Theory (second edition) by Constance Kamii. I get asked a lot how to help kids with subtraction and my answer is consistently, work more on addition. This may seem harsh that I don’t think we should be teaching kids strategies to solve subtraction,
Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 21 where we are going to get Inspiration & Information from Jennifer Lagrange, a Kinder/1st grade dual language teacher. Jennifer shares her journey to becoming a Recovering Traditionalist. Get all the details and show notes at buildmathminds.com/21.
Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 20. Today we are looking at some of the best PD at Your Fingertips. Today’s episode is a bit different. Each summer I bring together some of the best math education presenters to do a completely free online conference for elementary teachers. I call it the Virtual Math Summit. The 2019 Virtual Math Summit starts tomorrow, Monday July 29.
Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 19. Today we are investigating The Impact of Elementary Math Specialists. Today’s insight comes from an article published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in their journal Teaching Children Mathematics. The article, “Elementary Mathematics Specialists: Influencing Student Achievement” by Patricia Campbell and Nathaniel Malkus summarizes a 3 year study of the affect elementary math specialists had on students’ score.
Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 18. Today we are investigating the Professional Development Gap. Today’s insight comes from a book I’ve mentioned in a previous podcast: The Teaching Gap by Stigler & Hiebert. But I wanted to pull out another section of the book. This section is focused on how the lack of professional development will keep the Teaching Gap open. Get all the info on the show notes page: buildmathminds.com/18
Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 17. Today we are looking at Why Leaders Should Eat Last. Part of changing the way we teach math is building our own understanding of the math and how kids learn math. But another part is helping others with that change as well. When I was put in the role of math specialist I had no clue how to lead others and that’s essential what you are doing if you are a math coach, instructional coach, etc,
Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 16, where we are going to get inspiration from Lemi-Ola Erinkitola. Lemi gives us information about the teaching of mathematics from the perspective of a parent and through her work with gifted students. This episode is full of practical, easy-to-implement ideas which you can find links to on the show notes page at buildmathminds.com/16.