46 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 45 - 13 Rules That Expire

    Episode 45 - 13 Rules That Expire

    Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 45. Today we are looking at 13 Rules That Expire.

    13 Rules That Expire by Karen S. Karp, Sarah B. Bush, and Barbara J. Dougherty forever changed my teaching. Not only do they share the 13 rules but there is also a section about expired math language that we use and they give alternatives to use instead. This article is seriously a MUST READ. Get all the info here: buildmathminds.com/45

    • 5 min
    Episode 44 - Making Sense is First and Computation is Second

    Episode 44 - 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.

    • 6 min
    Episode 43 - Open Middle Math

    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.

    • 6 min
    Episode 42 - Making the Case for Play in the Classroom

    Episode 42 - Making the Case for Play in the Classroom

    Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 42. Today we are Making the Case for Play in the Classroom.

    As I’m recording this it’s the holiday season and it’s the time of year when teachers break out all kinds of fun activities and just let the kids play. I mean, how else are you going to survive that last week before break, right!?!?

    So with all this play happening, I pulled out the book Exploring Mathematics Through Play in the Early Childhood Classroom by Amy Noelle Parks.

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

    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

    • 15 min
    Episode 40 - Purposeful Practice

    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.

    • 4 min

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