65 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

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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.

    Episode 64 - Building Our Minds...Not Just In Math

    Episode 64 - Building Our Minds...Not Just In Math

    Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 64. Today I am talking about Building Our Minds...Not Just In Math.

    Just like the opening of this podcast always says, this podcast is about Building Math Minds. In my videos I say we have to “build our math minds, so we can build the math minds of our students.”

    Well today is still about building our minds, but it doesn’t pertain to math. If we want to build the minds of our students we first need to build our minds...in all areas.

    • 8 min
    Episode 63 - Admitting When I'm Wrong

    Episode 63 - Admitting When I'm Wrong

    Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 63.

    Last week over on my vlog TheRecoveringTraditionalist.com, I talked about Teaching After The Coronavirus Shutdown. One of the things I recommended in that video was not using your textbook when you start teaching next year. Anytime I say things about not using a textbook I always get pushback. Yes there is research to show that fidelity to textbooks breeds good test scores, but it also breeds kids who hate math

    • 7 min
    Episode 62 - The 80/20 Rule Applied to Teaching Math

    Episode 62 - The 80/20 Rule Applied to Teaching Math

    Today I am talking about The 80/20 Rule Applied to Teaching Math.

    This week over on my vlog TheRecoveringTraditionalist.com, I talked about Teaching After The Coronavirus Shutdown. Specifically, how to plan for what to teach next year knowing that your students may not have gotten a quarter of the instruction they would have gotten in the grade before yours.

    I shared about the document created by Achieve The Core that details out the Major Work of each grade level.

    • 7 min
    Episode 61 -The Benefits of Inventing Algorithms

    Episode 61 -The Benefits of Inventing Algorithms

    Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 61. Today we are looking at The Benefits of Inventing Algorithms.

    My first glimpse into teaching math in this way was through the research of Thomas Carpenter, Elizabeth Fennema, and Megan Frank-e (1996). Then their book, Children’s Mathematics: Cognitively Guided Instruction came out and gave me even more insight into opening up my teaching through the use of story problems to allow children’s thinking to help guide my instruction.

    • 7 min
    Episode 60 - Building Self-Reliance in Math

    Episode 60 - Building Self-Reliance in Math

    Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 60. Today is an interview with 3rd grade teacher Cathy Palkovic and a theme of our conversation is about Building Self-Reliance in Math.

    In this interview with Cathy we get into all kinds of things from what her distance learning looks like to Math Running Records to how her 3rd graders solved 898x52 without any guidance from her. We discuss how she has helped her students build their self-reliance through things she has learned.

    • 22 min
    Episode 59 - The Harmful Effects of Algorithms

    Episode 59 - The Harmful Effects of Algorithms

    Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 59. Today we are looking at The Harmful Effects of Algorithms.

    It’s hard to not just teach kids algorithms because honestly, parents are expecting you to teach that to their kids and it’s also difficult if you yourself have only ever solved math problems using algorithms. But true fluency in math doesn’t come just by following rules and procedures it comes from being a flexible thinker.

    • 10 min

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@omalicham ,

Providing Tools for Every Teacher’s Toolkit

Thank you Christina! I am new to your podcast, a new second year teacher, and new to teaching math. While I teach secondary math and science, I really appreciate the bite size format and focus of your podcast in the simplicity of the resources you share and look forward to gathering more tools for my math toolkit.
The list of 10 from episode 53 and coral counts in episode 52 has given me a place to start adapting and transforming my current math curriculum. I also loved episode 50 and being challenged to change my perspective of my work from math teacher to math coach.
I missed your five book reviews from this year but look forward to reading them as I continue to listen to you past and current episodes. Also, I f you have any parallel resources that apply what you are sharing in your podcast to the secondary context I would so appreciate if you could share these as well; this would help me to pull through the learning continuum for my students. Thank you! Keep up the good work!

Mark likes Mac ,

Great podcast and lots of resource ideas

Even though I am not an elementary teacher I still enjoy listening to this podcast. It gives lots of books and/or resources to try out. I love the format which is usually 10-20 minutes long gets to the point with great material.

SoMuchToLearnSoLittleTime ,

My favourite Professional Development

I have learned so much from Christina's podcast, blog and website. I would highly recommend this podcast to anyone, new or experienced. Christina presents listeners with key ideas but keeps the podcast short and sweet. It is a pleasant, easy listen but there are also a lot of options for finding out more if the topic is of particular interest. Christina has guided me to be a much better teacher!

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