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Making Math Moments That Matter

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!

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#21 The Thinking Classroom: An interview with Peter Liljedahl

In this Math Moment Interview, we talk with Dr. Peter Liljedahl, Professor of mathematics education at Simon Fraser University who has been researching ways to get students to become resilient problem solvers through ideas such as using vertical non-permanent surfaces, visible random groupings, selecting tasks with evolving complexity, and much more...He calls his work The Thinking Classroom. What you will learn: The elements needed to build a thinking classroom. How to build a problem-solving culture in your classroom. Why we need to think critically about the choices we make about our environments and lessons. Why vertical non-permanent surfaces will change your students engagement in math class. How to make effective groups in math class. Show notes: http://makemathmoments.com/episode21 Grab the free Make Math Moments 3-Part Framework Guidebook to extend your learning from this podcast! Grab the book here -->  https://makemthathmoments.com/framework/ 

58mins

22 Apr 2019

Rank #1

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#3: Fuel Sense Making With Our 4 Go-To Tools

Join Kyle Pearce from TapIntoTeenMinds.com and Jon Orr from MrOrr-IsAGeek.com as they take a dive into the Making Math Moments That Matter 3-Part Framework! In episode 3, they unpack 4 “Go-To” Tools for Fuelling Sense Making in math class.   What are you waiting for? Fire up the episode! Looking for resources from this episode? Check out the show notes here: http://makemathmoments.com/episode3 Want to take a deeper dive into the 3-part framework? Check out the FREE 4-Part Video Series here: http://makemathmoments.com/lesson1Grab the free Make Math Moments 3-Part Framework Guidebook to extend your learning from this podcast! Grab the book here -->  https://makemthathmoments.com/framework/ 

59mins

15 Dec 2018

Rank #2

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#31 Daily Routines to Jump-Start Math Class: An Interview with John SanGiovanni

We chat with John SanGIovanni - a Math Supervisor from Baltimore and Author of the book series Daily Routines To Jump-Start Math Class. In this episode John shares why your traditional warm up / bell ringer activities need to change, how to build number sense at any grade level and save time doing it, why traditional homework take-up doesn’t work, how to avoid creating math sheep! And you’ll walk away with 5 Specific Routine Activities to jump start your day. You’ll Learn:  Why your traditional warm up / bell ringer activities need to change. How to build number sense at any grade level and save time doing it! Why traditional homework take-up doesn’t work.  How to avoid creating math sheep! 5 Specific Routine Activities to jump start your day. Show Notes: https://makemathmoments.com/episode31 Grab the free Make Math Moments 3-Part Framework Guidebook to extend your learning from this podcast! Grab the book here -->  https://makemthathmoments.com/framework/ 

47mins

1 Jul 2019

Rank #3

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#4: 3 Moves That Ignite Teacher Action

In this episode, Kyle Pearce and Jon Orr share 3 moves to ignite TEACHER action in the classroom so you can spark curiosity and fuel sense making in your students. We outline how we’ve used these moves in our classrooms to make significant learning gains with our students and give you valuable tips on so you can incorporate these moves regularly classroom. Specifically, you’ll learn: Why planning with each move is valuable to you and your students. How to use what you see and hear in your classroom to help plan your next lessons. How following the 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematical Discussion will give you more than just a lesson plan. How to save time in your course while teaching through problem solving. How we can plan to reach all your students regardless of grade level. Resources discussed and shared in the show notes: Cover It Up Task for Fractions Desmos Marbleslides Lines Tom Schimmer’s Book: Grading from the Inside Out. 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematical Discussions ( Margaret Smith, Mary Kay Stein). The Making Math Moments That Matter Online Workshop (Registration Opening January 25th). Access the show notes here: http://makemathmoments.com/episode4Grab the free Make Math Moments 3-Part Framework Guidebook to extend your learning from this podcast! Grab the book here -->  https://makemthathmoments.com/framework/ 

1hr 5mins

24 Dec 2018

Rank #4

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#10: Mathematical Mindsets: An Interview With Dr. Jo Boaler

Our conversation begins with Jo sharing some of her memorable moments from math class followed by a rich discussion about the importance of thinking deeply to communicate mathematical understanding, ideas for differentiation in the math classroom, teaching through task, and much more! Get ready to grow your brain with a variety of amazing mathematical ideas for your classroom. You’ll Learn: How math is visual and by teaching with visual resources we can strengthen our students understanding. Why math class needs to be social and collaborative instead of isolated. How to differentiate your math lessons with intentionality. Why we need more than just memorization of math facts and procedures. How to meet your standards while teaching through tasks. Show notes and resources: http://makemathmoments.com/episode10 Making Math Moments That Matter Online Workshop http://makemathmoments.com/onlineworkshopGrab the free Make Math Moments 3-Part Framework Guidebook to extend your learning from this podcast! Grab the book here -->  https://makemthathmoments.com/framework/ 

57mins

4 Feb 2019

Rank #5

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#22: Common Math Class Challenges and How We Can Overcome Them.

In this Jon & Kyle only episode we’ll introduce math classroom challenges that we’ve heard from educators we’ve talked to in person, educators that have emailed us, and also Math Moment Makers who filled out filled out some of of our surveys and how we can work toward fixing those challenges. You’ll Learn: What can we do when not all our students are engaging in our activities. How we can ensure students stay focused in a Thinking Classroom. How we can use assessments to push learning forward. How to ensure the technical aspects of presenting tasks can proceed flawlessly. How to build your conceptual understanding of math so you can help your students. Where you can take action and get ongoing support to make math moments that matter. https://makemathmoments.com/episode22 Resources: The Making Math Moments Academy https://makemathmoments.com/academyGrab the free Make Math Moments 3-Part Framework Guidebook to extend your learning from this podcast! Grab the book here -->  https://makemthathmoments.com/framework/ 

57mins

29 Apr 2019

Rank #6

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#35: Visible Learning: An Interview with John Hattie

This week we speak with John Hattie, a co-author of the Visible Learning Book series which has been a foundation for effective teaching practice and change for so many districts across the world.  We chat with John about the research into good learning strategies, how he conducted his research and how he uses effect size to compare teaching & learning strategies. We learn about the difference between surface learning, deep learning, and transfer learning, and what is the difference between focusing questions and funneling questions.  You'll Learn:  How John conducted his widely adopted research;  How he uses effect size to compare different teaching strategies;  The difference between surface, deep, and transfer learning; and,  What the difference is between focusing questions and funnelling questions. Show Notes: https://makemathmoments.com/episode35 Grab the free Make Math Moments 3-Part Framework Guidebook to extend your learning from this podcast! Grab the book here -->  https://makemthathmoments.com/framework/ 

56mins

29 Jul 2019

Rank #7

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#33 The 5 Practices: An Interview with Peg Smith

We want to welcome NCTM Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient and co-author of one of the books we reference MOST OFTEN on this podcast: 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematical Discussions The wonderful Dr. Peg Smith.  Listen in as we take a deep dive to unpack ALL 5 Practices AND you’ll hear from Peg about the other TWO practices that she often references, Why the 5 Practices are your roadmap to implementing high level tasks, How you can use assessing questions and advancing questions, and How to get STARTED with the 5 practices.  You’ll Learn:  The origin story of the 5 practices Why the 5 Practices are your roadmap to implementing high level tasks.  How to get STARTED with the 5 practices All tasks are not created equal.  How you can use assessing questions and advancing questions. Show Notes: https://makemathmoments.com/episode33Grab the free Make Math Moments 3-Part Framework Guidebook to extend your learning from this podcast! Grab the book here -->  https://makemthathmoments.com/framework/ 

58mins

15 Jul 2019

Rank #8

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#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.  You’ll Learn:  How to choose the best resources for your students;  How to narrow your focus so that your students can succeed.  How to avoid teacher overwhelm;  How to choose and help students work toward a learning goal.  Resources:  Desmos Pet House Project Thinking Classrooms - Peter L The Differentiated Classroom [Book] Fawn’s Blog Illustrative Mathematics Open Up Curriculum Jon’s 30 in 30 Grab the free Make Math Moments 3-Part Framework Guidebook to extend your learning from this podcast! Grab the book here -->  https://makemthathmoments.com/framework/ 

1hr 1min

28 Oct 2019

Rank #9

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#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.  You’ll Learn:  What makes good problem based lessons and how to teach with them.  How to avoid creating math robots.  How to use x-ray vision to see what your students know.  How open middle problems can fit into your teaching routine.  Where you can find good math professional development.  Resources:  https://robertkaplinsky.com/ I Hope You’re Embarrassed  How much does a 100 by 100 cost?  Openmiddle.com bit.ly/openmiddlebook bit.ly/openmiddlebookca Grassrootsworkshops.comGrab the free Make Math Moments 3-Part Framework Guidebook to extend your learning from this podcast! Grab the book here -->  https://makemthathmoments.com/framework/ 

49mins

2 Dec 2019

Rank #10

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#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…. Grab the free Make Math Moments 3-Part Framework Guidebook to extend your learning from this podcast! Grab the book here -->  https://makemthathmoments.com/framework/ 

57mins

9 Dec 2019

Rank #11

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#42: How Do I Spiral My Math Standards Without Spiralling Out Of Control! [Part 2 of A Math Mentoring Moment]

This week Michael Rubin from our Math Mentoring Moment Episode #40 is back to continue the conversation from proceeding vs. pivoting to organizing his course content. Yes, this episode packs in a great conversation about Spiralling your math standards WITHOUT spiralling out of control. If you haven’t yet listened to episode #40, be sure to STOP - and GO LISTEN NOW! If you already HAVE listened, then let’s pick up the conversation where we left off and pivot the conversation into a deep dive around spiralling Michael’s math course for the very first time. You’ll grab some great value bombs from this episode… Let’s get ready to talk SPIRALLING your math curriculum! You’ll Learn:  What is Spiralling & Why Everyone Should Be Doing It? What Should I Consider When Planning To Spiral? How Long Should A Cycle Typically Take? How Can I Help Struggling Students While Spiralling? How Can I Get Started? Show notes: https://makemathmoments.com/episode42 Grab the free Make Math Moments 3-Part Framework Guidebook to extend your learning from this podcast! Grab the book here -->  https://makemthathmoments.com/framework/ 

1hr 17mins

16 Sep 2019

Rank #12

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#59: Singapore Methodology: An Interview with Sarah Schaefer

Today we speak with Sarah Schaefer who is the go-to person when learning about the Singapore Methodology. Sarah is the Principal at M4thodology in Atlantic beach Fl and unleashes a bunch of great tips and ideas on how to use the singapore methodology in your classroom. You’ll also hear about how the Singapore method falls in line with the 5 practices and how you can use lesson study to avoid teacher isolation.  You’ll Learn:  What is Singapore Math Methodology? How you can incorporate singapore methodology in your classroom. How Singapore methodology connects with the 5 practices framework.  How lesson study helps you plan your lessons.  Grab the free Make Math Moments 3-Part Framework Guidebook to extend your learning from this podcast! Grab the book here -->  https://makemthathmoments.com/framework/ 

59mins

13 Jan 2020

Rank #13

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#32 The Formative Five: An Interview with Skip Fennell

In this episode we speak with Skip Fennell, math teacher, principal, A Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics' Educator of the Year , Past NCTM President, He's also the author of dozens of articles and books and is a coauthor of the book The Formative Five.  We chat with Skip about all things formative assessment. He shares with you 5 formative assessment strategies that will ensure you’re making math moments that matter!  Join us as we dive into a great discussion with a contagiously passionate math educator at heart, Skip Fennell. You'll learn: Ways teachers are missing the mark with formative assessment;  How to embed assessment in your daily routines;  5 formative assessment strategies and how to start using them now. Show Notes: https://makemathmoments.com/episode32 Grab the free Make Math Moments 3-Part Framework Guidebook to extend your learning from this podcast! Grab the book here -->  https://makemthathmoments.com/framework/ 

1hr 6mins

8 Jul 2019

Rank #14

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#28: How to Align Assessment with Teaching? A Math Mentoring Moment with Nathan Vaillancourt

In this episode we speak with another Math Moment Maker who reached out to us for a Math Mentoring Moment Episode. Nathan Vaillancourt, a jack of all trades teacher talks to us today about how he can change the way he assess his students. We discuss questions like: How do I adjust my assessments to match the way I’m trying to teach? Do I need to record observations and conversations that I have with my students? Do I need to have the same tool or piece of evidence to assess every student? What are fair assessments? What are equitable assessments? Show notes: http://makemathmoments.com/episode28Grab the free Make Math Moments 3-Part Framework Guidebook to extend your learning from this podcast! Grab the book here -->  https://makemthathmoments.com/framework/ 

59mins

10 Jun 2019

Rank #15

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#64 - Are You Missing The Mark With 3-Act Math Tasks? An Interview With Graham Fletcher

Today we have GFletchy himself! Yes, today on the podcast we have 3-Act Math Task Builder, National Speaker, and Math Specialist Graham Fletcher. Stick around while we chat with our good ol Canadian friend who’s transplanted in America on what it really means to assess, how to leverage engagement in your math class, where some teachers miss the mark when teaching through tasks, why tasks are great for formative assessment rather than summative assessment, and how to view your lesson from 60000 ft instead 6 inches.  You’ll Learn:  How coaching sports is like teaching math & how it’s not.  What it really means to assess.  Where student intuition lives How to leverage engagement in your math class Where teachers miss the mark when teaching through tasks Why tasks are great for formative assessment rather than summative assessment How to view your lesson from 60000 ft instead 6 inches.  Resources:  Estimation180.com estimation180.com Gfletchy.com Twitter: @gfletchy Graham’s Fractions course on Build Math MindsGrab the free Make Math Moments 3-Part Framework Guidebook to extend your learning from this podcast! Grab the book here -->  https://makemthathmoments.com/framework/ 

52mins

17 Feb 2020

Rank #16

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#44 - Building Math Minds: An Interview with Christina Tondevold

Today we speak with the recovering traditionalist Christina Tondevold. Christina previously taught mathematics traditionally much like we did and Now she gets to work with teachers in developing students’ mathematical understandings in ways that are not limited by the traditional ways of doing and teaching mathematics through her site BuildMathMinds.com where you can get PD in Your PJs.  Stick with us as we learn What is number sense and why is it so important, What are the 4 early numeracy concepts that all teachers should know and understand how to teach? What are the 4 number relationships? And finally what steps you can take to ensure you learn fundamental mathematical progressions underlying students’ understandings of number sense.  You’ll Learn:  Are we creating rule followers or creative questioners  What is number sense and why is it so important. How can we help students develop proficiency with number sense What are the 4 number relationships? How to avoid the rush to strategies on our way to the algorithm REGISTER FOR CHRISTINA'S WEBINAR Show notes: https://makemathmoments.com/episode44Grab the free Make Math Moments 3-Part Framework Guidebook to extend your learning from this podcast! Grab the book here -->  https://makemthathmoments.com/framework/ 

1hr 10mins

30 Sep 2019

Rank #17

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#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!  You’ll Learn:  What’s the true purpose of assessment is; How can I incorporate Standards based grading in my math class? What’s the role of feedback;  How can I use assessment tools such as Freshgrade;  Resources:  Assessment on MrOrr-isageek.com Assessment on tapintoteenminds.com Episode 40 and 42 with Michael Rubin on Spiralling  Episode 21 with Peter Liljedahl and Thinking ClassroomsGrab the free Make Math Moments 3-Part Framework Guidebook to extend your learning from this podcast! Grab the book here -->  https://makemthathmoments.com/framework/ 

1hr 7mins

25 Nov 2019

Rank #18

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#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.  You’ll Learn:  How to help parents help their children with math at home.  What resources can parents use at home to help nurture mathematics.  How to help parents navigate educational jargon How to help parents with growth mindset How to support parents with mathematics.  How teachers can support parents.  Resources:  Adding Parents To The Equation [Book]  Mathbeforebed.com Bedtime Math Mathematical Mindsets [Book] mindsetkit.org @mathwithmatthew ← free copy of his book if you tag him mathwithmatthew.com  @Dr_KreisbergGrab the free Make Math Moments 3-Part Framework Guidebook to extend your learning from this podcast! Grab the book here -->  https://makemthathmoments.com/framework/ 

47mins

4 Nov 2019

Rank #19

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#5: Too Many Resources and Too Little Time - A Math Mentoring Moment with Nicole Martin

In our first Mentoring Moments episode we chat with Nicole Martin, a 3rd/4th grade math teacher in Las Vegas Nevada. Nicole was struggling with how to structure her math lessons in a way that is engaging yet meaningful when she has so many great resources she’s found online. Nicole shares with us how after finding so many great math resources online such as 3 act math tasks, estimation 180 and more, she struggles to organize her math block to include these resources with intentionality on an ongoing basis. Listen in as we hear Nicole’s story and the tips we give her to try out in her classroom. You’ll Learn: How to structure your 70 min math block to teach through problem solving. How we can maximize learning opportunities with online resources. How to differentiate problem-solving tasks to meet the needs of all students - especially your high flyers. Show notes can be found at http://makemathmoments.com/episode5 Be sure to hit SUBSCRIBE and take a moment to rate / review the podcast! Resources: Episode 5 Show Notes Classroom Clock Estimation 180 Steve Wybourney’s Splat, Esti-mysteries, Hundred Chart Engage NY / Eureka Math / Zurn Build Math Minds 3 Act Math Task - The 3 Acts of a Mathematical Story Number Talks (book) Sherry Perrish Minilessons - Cathy Fosnot Open Questions - Marian Small Teaching Through Task - Kyle Pearce 5 Practices For Orchestrating Productive Mathematical Discussions (book) File Cabinet Problem - Andrew’s Stadel Real World ProblemsGrab the free Make Math Moments 3-Part Framework Guidebook to extend your learning from this podcast! Grab the book here -->  https://makemthathmoments.com/framework/ 

1hr 1min

31 Dec 2018

Rank #20