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The Build Math Minds Podcast

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.

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Episode 2- Three Phase Lesson Format to create a Student Centered Mathematics classroom

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.

5mins

24 Mar 2019

Rank #1

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Episode 33 - Building confidence in your students with Melissa Barone

Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 33.  Today we are talking with Melissa Barone, a middle school teacher, who makes me get emotional as she talks about how to build confidence in students and help them see that their voice matters in math. In this episode I get to chat with Melissa Barone.  Melissa took my Number Sense 201 course that is for 3rd-5th grade teachers, but she’s a middle school teacher.  In this interview, she talks about how things she learned from that course (and other places) has helped her transform her math classroom into a place where students are building their confidence in math and seeing that their voice matters in math class. The number sense courses are now open for 2019 registration and you can get all the info at buildmathminds.com/enroll.   Registration is only open for a short time so depending upon when you listen to this registration might be closed.  If so, you can join the waitlist. You can find a link to it and all the resources mentioned in the episode at the show notes page buildmathminds.com/33

15mins

27 Oct 2019

Rank #2

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Episode 3 - Balancing The Equation

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. When people first learn about changing their teaching to include conceptual understanding they often throw out the procedural fluency...saying things like “well, they got it wrong but their thinking was pretty good, so I’m still going to mark it correct”.  Yes we do want to acknowledge when kids are progressing with their thinking but getting correct answers and having procedural fluency is still important. Building a child’s math mind is about finding that balance between building their conceptual understanding while also ensuring they develop procedural fluency.   Get full show notes, transcript and more info here: https://buildmathminds.com/3

4mins

31 Mar 2019

Rank #3

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Episode - 34 Effectively Using Games to Build Mathematical Thinking & Reasoning

Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 34.  Today we are looking at Effectively Using Games to Build Mathematical Thinking & Reasoning Today’s insight comes from Well Played: Building Mathematical Thinking Through Number Games & Puzzles by Linda Dacey, Karen Gartland, and Jayne Bamford Lynch.  As you hopefully know, I love Games. I grew up in a game playing family and still love playing games with my own children. So as I was preparing for a video I did recently over on my Vlog, The Recovering Traditionalist, I was reading back through the Well Played books.  There is a book for PreK-2 and one for 3-5. This paragraph from page 6 really made me stop and think about how we use games in the classroom.  Get all the info here: buildmathminds.com/34 

5mins

3 Nov 2019

Rank #4

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Episode 23 - Bottoms up Hundred Chart

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. However, the traditional way that a hundred chart is set up actually causes confusion for students instead of insights. Get all the info here: buildmathminds.com/23

4mins

18 Aug 2019

Rank #5

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Episode 44 - Making Sense is First and Computation is Second

Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 44.  Today we are looking at why Making Sense is First and Computation is Second. I’ve always been bugged by the way textbooks use word problems, but I wasn’t ever able to verbalize what I didn’t like.  Then as I was reading the new book Mathematize It! Going Beyond Key Words to Make Sense of Word Problems: Grades 3-5 by Sara Delano Moore, Kimberly Morrow-Leong, and Linda M. Gojak, they put into words what I never was able to. There is also a book for Grades K-2 for those of you who work with the younger grades.   These books are full of information about the different word problem types, but also about the best way to implement the use of word problems in your classroom.  In the last chapter of the book, they describe 8 shifts in instruction that we need to do if we want to build students’ problem-solving skills. One of those is exactly the reason why I don’t like the way textbooks use word problems and so I’d like to share that with you today. Get all the info here: buildmathminds.com/44

6mins

12 Jan 2020

Rank #6

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Episode 4-Inspiration from Ann Elise Record

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. Get full show notes, transcript and more info here: https://buildmathminds.com/4

21mins

7 Apr 2019

Rank #7

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Episode 19 - Elementary Math Specialists

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’ scores on standardized tests. Get all the info here: buildmathminds.com/19 

7mins

21 Jul 2019

Rank #8

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Episode 32 - You have permission with Jess Hempel & Christine Farrell

Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 32.  Today we get to hear from Co-teachers in a 3rd grade classroom who discovered they have permission to teach a curriculum they were mandated to use while also meeting the needs of the students they have. In this episode I get to chat with Jessica Hempel and Christine Farrell.  They worked in a district that had a mandated curriculum that had some great parts to it but also some bad parts.  Listen in as they talk about how they worked together to figure out how to find a balance between what was mandated and what they saw that their students really needed.  Jessica mentions how my Number Sense course gave her permission to do what she knew was right for her students.   If you want to get that “permission” as well, then come join me in the number sense courses.  It’s not that you need that permission, what the courses show is the research behind how kids develop mathematical understandings and how number sense is really the root of it all.  If you’d like to learn that information along with getting resources to use in your classroom to help build number sense, the courses are now open for 2019 registration and you can get all the info at buildmathminds.com/enroll.  Registration is only open for a short time so depending upon when you listen to this registration might be closed.  If so, you can join the waitlist. Again the website is buildmathminds.com/enroll but I’ll also link to it and all the resources mentioned in the episode at the show notes page buildmathminds.com/32 

23mins

20 Oct 2019

Rank #9

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Episode 41 - Help Students Learn to Love Math with Kelly Sickle

Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 41 today we are going to learn how to Help Students Learn to Love Math from BMM member and 1st grade teacher Kelly Sickle. Kelly is a member of the Build Math Minds PD site and a 1st grade teacher.  As you will see in this episode the trainings she has gotten inside of BMM are just a small part of the professional development she has done.  Kelly mentions a video about the C-R-A model, I’ll link to that video inside the membership site but I’ll also link to a free video that’s on my vlog.  You can find those links at buildmathminds.com/41 and if you are interested in becoming a member of Build Math Minds, I’ll post a link to the waitlist page.  We only open up registration once a year to the general public but occasionally we will open it up to people who are on the waitlist. So go to buildmathminds.com/41 to get all the details.  Here’s my interview with Kelly.

15mins

22 Dec 2019

Rank #10

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Episode 20 - PD at Your Fingertips

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.  So for this episode I thought I’d take a clip from a few of the sessions to give you a preview of the sessions.  Get all the info here: buildmathminds.com/20 

14mins

28 Jul 2019

Rank #11

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Episode 10 - Making Number Talks Matter

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. Number Talks have become popular over the last few years but were actually created back in the 1990s by Ruth Parker and Kathy Richardson. Ruth has a long history of implementing number talks and she teamed up with Cathy Humphreys to write the book Making Number Talks Matter in 2015. This book is full of tips and information about how to ensure Number Talks are a time of quality instruction that builds your students’ understandings of Subtraction, Multiplication, Addition, Division, and Fractions, Decimals & Percents. Today I’d like to talk about one of the Guiding Principles for Number Talks that they discuss in the book.

4mins

19 May 2019

Rank #12

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Episode 39 - Executive Function's Impact on Mathematics

As I read the article Double Impact: Mathematics and Executive Function, a light bulb came on about why some students are struggling with this new way we are teaching math.  If you have kids who are struggling with Executive Functions and then you ask them to do those things while also doing something that has high mathematical demand, they are going to struggle.  For example, if students have not worked to develop their cognitive flexibility and then we give them a problem that requires them to do multiple attempts to solve the problem and it also requires some mathematical understandings that aren’t fully developed, they are just going to shut down. So, as you design or use tasks in your classroom, this article made me realize that we also need to pay attention to the Executive Function demands that the task is placing on them as well. Get all the info here: buildmathminds.com/39

7mins

8 Dec 2019

Rank #13

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Episode 21 - Inspiration & Information from Jennifer LaGrange

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.

18mins

4 Aug 2019

Rank #14

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Episode 25 - Inspiration & Information from Carri Naumann-Monti

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

23mins

1 Sep 2019

Rank #15

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Episode 43 - Open Middle Math

Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 43.  Today we are taking a look at Open Middle Math. This week’s book is from a friend of mine, Robert Kaplinsky.  I’ve known Robert for years but I’m not sharing this book just because he is a friend.  I only share things that I love and I love Open Middle. While I’ve known Robert for years and I’ve known about and used Open Middle, I’ve never known the backstory of how they started.  So to introduce you to Open Middle problems I thought I’d read a section from Robert’s book, Open Middle Math, that gives the background of Open Middle problems.  Get all the info here: buildmathminds.com/43

6mins

5 Jan 2020

Rank #16

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Episode 40 - Purposeful Practice

We don’t have all the kids read the same book in reading, so why do we have all kids work on the same math facts?  Now there are definitely times we have them read the same passages so that we can have a common conversation about things, but we also have times that kids are reading books at their level.   We need to do the same for our students when it comes to math.  The book Fluency Doesn’t Just Happen is your guide for that. The book is full of what to expect as kids are building their fluency and ideas on how to respect that.  What do you actually do in your classroom to allow students to work in their zone of proximal development when it comes to addition and subtraction facts? Get all the info here: buildmathminds.com/40

4mins

15 Dec 2019

Rank #17

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Episode 27 - CGI-Using kids intuitive math reasoning

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.  One of the very first episodes of this podcast was about the book Children’s Mathematics: Cognitively Guided Instruction.  For this episode I want to direct you to a research article by some of the same authors. Plus, I’ve got a special download for you to help you teach elementary math without a textbook.  Get all the info here: buildmathminds.com/27 

7mins

15 Sep 2019

Rank #18

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Episode 11 - Never Say Anything A Kid Can Say

Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 11. Today we are talking about why we should never say anything a kid can say. This week I’m talking about an article from Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School. It’s one of the journals you can choose to receive if you are a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Which I highly recommend that you become a member if you aren’t already. 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!! But the information in this article is so powerful and still so relevant. Normally, you have to be a member to access the articles but this article is available as a free download on their site. I’ll link to it on the show notes page buildmathminds.com/11.

4mins

26 May 2019

Rank #19

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Episode 12 - Inspiration & Information from Lisa Kuo

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.

20mins

2 Jun 2019

Rank #20