100 episodes

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.

The Build Math Minds Podcast Christina Tondevold

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 16 Ratings

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.

    Why Is Understanding Fractions So Hard?

    Why Is Understanding Fractions So Hard?

    • 5 min
    Practice Makes Permanent

    Practice Makes Permanent

    Here in the United States, it is the end of the school year and teachers are contemplating what work they should send home with students for them to do over the summer.  In today's podcast, I get into why I'm not a big fan of general problem packets over the summer and how the phrase "practice makes perfect" is a little inaccurate.

    • 4 min
    Standard Algorithms Compared to Computational Strategies

    Standard Algorithms Compared to Computational Strategies

    I've been on a kick about math fluency lately and how a lot of textbooks have their teaching of fluency wrong. Growing up, fluency to me meant being good at the algorithm.  Being able to follow the steps that the teacher laid out for students was the sign of being fluent. But, as textbooks have started teaching new strategies, students and parents are left feeling confused. In today’s episode I wanted to share this chart I found in an article by Randall Charles because it highlights the importance of letting kids use strategies instead of just the traditional algorithm.  

    • 9 min
    Math Textbooks Have the Teaching of Fluency All Wrong

    Math Textbooks Have the Teaching of Fluency All Wrong

    In the last episode of the podcast, I shared the three ideas that make up computational fluency. Flexibility is often the piece that is missing in our fluency instruction, but recently textbooks have tried to incorporate more of it, but in the wrong way. In this week’s podcast, I go over some of the shortcomings in the ways textbook’s teach fluency and what we should really be focusing on when we’re teaching fluency.

    • 8 min
    What is Computational Fluency?

    What is Computational Fluency?

     The Flexibility Formula courses that I offer have a huge focus on how we can help kids develop number sense, but the main reason to focus on number sense is really to help your students become flexible thinkers; to build their flexibility in mathematics. In episode 144, I talk about how my courses started and the research that inspired them. Come take a listen as I discuss the concepts that make up computational fluency.

    • 8 min
    Summer Reading List for Elementary Math Teachers 2022

    Summer Reading List for Elementary Math Teachers 2022

    Each of you listening to this podcast have different goals for your professional development.  You have different things you are wanting to read about to help your students next year have an even better math experience in your classroom. So I’ve compiled a bunch of different lists on Amazon so you can choose from books for specific areas you want to focus on. Come check out Episode #143 where I share my summer reading lists for elementary math teachers for 2022.

    • 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Mme Shaw ,

Great podcast

I absolutely love listening to the weekly podcasts! As a grade 4 teacher, they always give me something to think about and push me to be a better math teacher.

teachertania ,

A must for all elementary math teachers!

So much more than a podcast, this is a gateway to an innovative, supportive learning community! Christina is incredibly generous with her energy and expertise, and in her gentle, positive, approachable manner, inspires me to improve my math education practice. Her annual (free!) Virtual Summit, with its jaw-dropping lineup is incredible PD at your fingertips, and the BMM PD site is my go-to every time I’m trying to think through how to best craft instruction. An absolute must for all elementary math teachers!

juliewhitney ,

The Right Time

I have followed Christina and the Virtual Math Summit for a few years and I always came away with great ideas. When school closed in March and the Number Sense 101 course opened early I decided it was the perfect time to go a lot deeper into my teaching practices. I am so glad I did. I joined as a BMM member once the course finished and I find this podcast just keeps everything I’ve learned fresh and always at the forefront. It’s giving me the support I need while I change what I do in my classroom. The interviews with other teachers are so relatable and I’m also doing more professional reading than I’ve ever done! I tell all my colleagues about this math community. Thank you so much Christina!

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