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 14. Today we are looking at The Teaching Gap Today’s insight comes from. Today’s insight comes from a book that I think should be required reading for all educators and parents: The Teaching Gap: Best Ideas from the World’s Teachers for Improving Education in the Classroom by Stigler & Hiebert.
Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 13. Today we are looking at Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions Today’s insight comes from the 5 Practices book which lays out 5 practices that help you turn that sharing time from a time where kids sitting listening to other students’ describe their personal learning into one where the students are engaged, discussing, and making connections from the sharer’s learning to their own learning. Get all the info here: buildmathminds.
Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalist to episode 12. Today we are all getting some inspiration and information from Lisa Kuo. Lisa mentions lots of resources in this episode. I've linked them all on the show notes page at buildmathminds.com/12 so you don't have to keep notes. Just head on over to the show notes and you'll find all the links to everything that she mentions.
Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 11. Today we are talking about why we should never say anything a kid can say. Today I’d like to talk about one of my favorite articles. It’s "Never Say Anything A Kid Can Say" by Steven Reinhart. It was published back in April of 2000. That’s over 19 years ago!!
Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 10. Today we are looking at how to make number talks matter. Before we get started I wanted to thank Stenhouse Publishers for providing a discount for any of you who want to purchase the book I’m talking about today. They are the publisher of the book and they have given you guys a discount, just go over to the show notes at buildmathminds.com/10 to get the details.
Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 9 where we take a look at teaching fractions for understanding. I know you are probably getting sick of all these fraction podcasts, so today’s episode is the last one about fractions...for awhile. The insight today comes from the book Teaching Fractions and Ratios For Understanding by Susan J. Lamon.
Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 8. Get ready to be inspired and informed from Jeni Veale, a 6th grade teacher who has made some major changes in her teaching over 30 years of being a teacher. Jeni mentions a LOT of great resources in this episode. All of them are linked at buildmathminds.com/8.
The title of this book is so powerful because it challenges us to think beyond that common context that we use for fractions: Pizzas & Pies. This is just ONE of many things the authors, Julie McNamara & Meghan Shaughnessy, challenge us to think beyond in this book. All the concepts that kids struggle with around fractions and even common teaching practices that aren’t developing the best fraction sense for our kiddos are addressed in this book.
Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 6 where we take a look at Contexts for Learning Fractions. Today we are talking about a quote from Young Mathematicians at Work: Constructing Fractions, Decimals, and Percents by Cathy Fosnot and Maarten Dolk. The Young Mathematicians at Work series developed a lot of my understanding of mathematical big ideas, but in this episode I wanted to highlight a part of the book that talks about using contextual situations as application versus construction.
Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 5 where we take a look at how Bandaids and Bandwagons are something you need to avoid when teaching mathematics.
Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 4. In this episode we talk with Ann Elise Record to learn about her Recovering Traditionalist journey from being a 5th grade teacher to helping other teachers build their math minds AND you’ll get her suggestion on what to do instead of timed fact fluency tests.
Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 3 where we are going to look at what it takes to have a Balanced Instructional approach to the teaching of mathematics.
Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 2 where we will explore the Three-Phase Lesson Format that is essential to having a student-centered math classroom. In Episode 1, I shared about Cognitively Guided Instruction. A big part of CGI is teaching through story problems. However, when you do that it’s helpful to have a way to structure your lesson and the Three-Phase format is what I recommend.
Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 1. Today we are looking at an insight I got from one of the books that forever changed my life: Children’s Mathematics: Cognitively Guided Instruction.
Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 0. Yes we are starting off counting with Zero, because Zero is a very important number in math but also because Zero is worth nothing and that’s what you are getting in this episode. You will get no mathematical insights just a preview of what the Build Math Minds podcast is all about.