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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!

Making Math Moments That Matter Kyle Pearce & Jon Orr

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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!

    Making Math Moments From Day 1 to 180

    Making Math Moments From Day 1 to 180

    We’re back for our third installment of our How To Start The School Year Off right! In this episode Kyle and Jon share their tips and strategies on how to prepare for the coming school year from the first day all the way to the last. 
    In episode 36 and episode 88 we’ve shared the activities you could do in the first week to build the classroom culture that is needed to fuel the thinking you want your students to do all year. In this episode we share what structural pieces you’ll need to prepare to keep thinking and growth going all year for your students. 
    You’ll Learn: 
    How to set the stage to inspire curiosity throughout the school year; What your classroom could look like after the first week of school; How often we should use problem based lessons;What structures we need in place to sustain thinking in our classroom all year;How to achieve spaced practice and learning vs massed practice and learning; and,How do I prepare to assess my students for growth. Resources: 
    How to Start the School Year Off Right [Episode 36]
    How To Start The School Year Off Right From A Distance [Episode 88]
    Proportions Course → The Concept Holding Your Students Back → Module 1 is open now for preview. https://makemathmoments.com/proportions-course/
    https://makemathmoments.com/tasks/
    https://learn.makemathmoments.com/task/planting-flowers 

    • 48 min
    Morphing Your Assessment Practices - A Math Mentoring Moment

    Morphing Your Assessment Practices - A Math Mentoring Moment

    Today we speak with Nick Rhodes who has been teaching online in one of the largest cyber schools in America. Nick shares his story from transforming from a rock band front man to working in accounting to teaching math to being a founding member of our Make Math Moments Academy to becoming a rockstar online teacher! Nick wonders how to adjust his assessment practices so they line up with his problem based approach to teaching. 
    This is another  Math Mentoring Moment episode where we talk with a member of the Math Moment Maker Community who is working through struggles and together we brainstorm possible next steps and strategies to overcome them. 
    You’ll Learn: 
    How to morph your existing assessment practices to align with problem-based teaching; How Desmos can be utilized when teaching solely online; How to choose technology to maximize learning; How to use observations, conversations and products to assess students; and, How can we use standards based grading when promoting growth. Resources: 
    No Bikes Allowed! [Make Math Moments Problem Based Task] Are You Picky Enough? [Make Math Moments Online Course]Make Math Moments Online Workshop [12-Week, Self-Paced Online Course]Assessment For Growth - OPEN ACCESS TO MODULE 1 [Make Math Moments Online Course]The 3 Act Math Task Beginners GuideMake Math Moments 3-Part FrameworkA Hero’s Journey In Math Class

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Create A Less Stressful Math Classroom - An Interview with Norma Gordon

    Create A Less Stressful Math Classroom - An Interview with Norma Gordon

    On the podcast today we speak with Norma Gordon on how you can create a less stressful math classroom through mindfulness. Norma has successfully transformed her classroom and helped numerous teachers embed mindfulness in their routines. 
    Stick around and you’ll hear Norma walk us through a mindfulness activity and share how to add mindfulness to your mathematics classroom, how to connect mindfulness to the math practice standards, why you need to use the Focus Five in your class; and how you can use Mathitations to help educators and students integrate mindfulness in their classes. 
    You’ll Learn: 
    How to add mindfulness to your mathematics classroom;How to connect mindfulness to the math practice standards;Why you need to use the Focus Five in your class; and,How you can use Mathitations to help educators and students integrate mindfulness in their classes. Resources: 
    CASEL framework; CASEL-5 
    UTDana Center/Insidemathematics.org
    https://normabgordon.com/mindfulness-in-math  
    From Burnout to Brilliance: Creating Inclusive Learning Spaces [Workshop]
    https://twitter.com/normabgordon 
    Headspace App
    Calm App

    • 37 min
    Your Summer Guide To Growth

    Your Summer Guide To Growth

    In this episode of the Making Math Moments That Matter Podcast, Jon and Kyle discuss 5 Tips to Guide You to Summer Growth. These tips are great ways to take your mathematics professional development into your own hands while not interfering with all of the important aspects that go with our well deserved summer vacations: family, friends, rest and relaxation. Go ahead and hit that play button and be sure to check out the resources section to access all of the links to get you started!
    What you’ll learn: 
    How to maximize your summer vacation while still learning with podcasts; Which courses will give you pedagogical power as well as moving you up the pay scale; Which book tops our summer reading list; and, How to stay relaxed so you’re ready for the school start up! Resources:
    4 Tips to Start The School Year Off Right https://makemathmoments.com/start-year-right/ 
    How to Start The School Year Off Right [Podcast] https://makemathmoments.com/episode36
    ...Start Off Right During COVID-19 [Podcast] https://makemathmoments.com/episode88


    Revisionist History Podcast https://www.pushkin.fm/show/revisionist-history/ 
    Invest Ed Podcast  https://www.ruleoneinvesting.com/podcast/ 


    Take a Course With Us Over 30 Days For Free https://makemathmoments.com/academy
    https://makemathmoments.com/proportions


    The Ultimate Book List For Math Educators https://makemathmoments.com/books


    Atomic Habits - James Clear [Book]
    Quiet - Susan Cain [Book]


    Make Math Moments Tasks / Units 
    Sowing Seeds [5 Day Division Unit] https://learn.makemathmoments.com/task/sowing-seeds  

    • 35 min
    How Long Do I Wait For Models and Strategies To Emerge? - A Math Mentoring Moment

    How Long Do I Wait For Models and Strategies To Emerge? - A Math Mentoring Moment

    Today we speak with Christina Michaels - a teacher for over 24 years from Tucson Arizona. Christina has just taken our online course The Concept Holding Your Students Back: Unlocking the Key Understanding of Proportional Reasoning and is implementing many of the strategies she has learned. The pebble in Christina’s shoe is around the question: “When is the right time to show my students a model that they can use to represent their thinking?” 
    This is another  Math Mentoring Moment episode where we talk with a member of the Math Moment Maker Community who is working through struggles and together we brainstorm possible next steps and strategies to overcome them. 
    You’ll Learn: 
    When is the right time to introduce that model for thinking;How do I push the complexity on a problem so students see the usefulness of the mathematics being learned; What tasks are useful for teaching ratios and proportions; and, How do I take my own learning on proportional reasoning to the next level so I can support my students. Resources: 
    Perfect Purple Paint I [Illustrative Mathematics Task]Perfect Purple Paint II [Illustrative Mathematics Task]Hot Chocolate [Make Math Moments 6 Day Problem Based Unit]The Concept Holding Your Students Back [Make Math Moments Course]

    • 39 min
    How To Fall In Love With Teaching Again - An Interview with Alex Overwijk

    How To Fall In Love With Teaching Again - An Interview with Alex Overwijk

    Today we bring on our old friend Alex Overwijk from Ottawa Ontario who shares his teaching journey and transformation from a pretty typical high school math teacher to an engaging activity based thinking classroom advocate! 
    In our discussion we learn the answers to how to engage your students with activity based learning, why finding a teaching partner who is willing to make change with you is so important, why you should be “all in” on a Thinking Classroom, how to draw senior students in to your lesson when the concepts are abstract, and why we should assess and evaluate with more than single unit tests.
    You’ll Learn: 
    How to engage your students with activity based learning. Why finding a teaching partner who is willing to make change with you is so importantWhy you should be “all in” on a Thinking Classroom. How to draw senior students into your lesson when the concepts are abstract. Why we should assess and evaluate with more than single unit tests.Resources: 
    World Freehand Circle Drawing Champion
    26 squares
    Episode 35 – Visible Learning: An Interview with John Hattie
    Episode 30 - The Most Effective PD You’re Not Doing
    SlamDunkMath.com
    Twitter https://twitter.com/alexoverwijk

    • 43 min

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I love the range of ideas I get from the guys at Making Math Moments. The podcasts are easy to follow, their guests are interesting and the variety of topics always offers something I didn’t even know I needed! As a veteran classroom teacher recently turned math facilitator, I work in a public charter school in the southern United States that focuses on brain-based instruction, relationships, and community but it’s easy to get stuck in our own bubble. So many of the MMM topics help me broaden my perspective and see what else is going on around the world in Math.

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