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.
This is only a test
In a year we thought we’d finally NOT have to worry about standardized testing, educators are in the thick of the testing stressing. In this week’s Build Math Minds podcast, I wanted to share a reminder that This is Only A Test.
Is Student Achievement or Student Enjoyment Our Goal?
Have you ever asked yourself the question, is student enjoyment or student achievement our goal? Yes, we know that it’s both but sometimes there might not be a balance between the two. In this week’s podcast, we’re discussing this topic with Jill Bratton, a second grade teacher, who shares how the thing she’s learned has impacted student learning.
Small Teacher Moves with Vicki Tilson
Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 94. Today we are getting inspiration to make Small Teacher Moves with Vicki Tilson.
You get to listen in on a conversation I had with Vicki Tilson. Vicki has gone through my online courses so I wanted her to share about some of the changes they have made at her school and how it’s impacted student learning of math. One of the things you will hear her mention is the impact of small teacher moves.
Constructing Goals for Student Learning
Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 93. Today we are looking at Constructing Goals for Student Learning.
This week I’m sharing an article with you. One of the things I really appreciate about this article is how they differentiate between learning goals and performance goals.
The Power of Counting
In this episode, we are looking at The Power of Counting. Counting is so much more than just memorizing the number names. Have you ever stopped and asked a child why we count? Do they know the purpose of counting? Go over to buildmathminds.com/92.
Teaching Math for Understanding
Welcome fellow Recovering Traditionalists to Episode 91. Today we are taking a look at Teaching Math for Understanding.
In last week’s podcast I briefly mentioned The Flexibility Formula. The Flexibility Formula are the pillars of math instruction that help us be able to build students’ flexibility with mathematics. In this week’s podcast I want to dive a bit into one of the pillars: Understanding. Get any links to resources mentioned in this podcast here: buildmathminds.com/91
I love this podcast because it reminds educators how children think and because she does it and an easy efficient way. I feel along the way teaching programs have tried to cram so much in that they forgot to teach upcoming teachers the old strategies that really work. This podcast brings back that understanding.
This is one of my favorite education podcasts. Informative and relatable!
I always learn something new!
I love the Build Math Minds Podcast because it's a short show but packed with rich ideas and resources. My favorite shows are the book and resource reviews because they help me see through all the not-great resources out there to ones that can be trusted. I am a middle school math teacher, so my favorite book review was the Teaching Student-Centered Mathematics series, because they also have resources for middle school. Even though I teach slightly older students, I still learn so much from this podcast because she often talks not about specific strategies but about concepts and ways of teaching that ALL students can benefit from. Thank you for making such a high-quality show that's quick enough to fit in on a free period and points me in the right direction to learn more!