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 116 - Stop Teaching Strategies
7:23I want all kids to have different strategies at their disposal to solve math problems. However, the way our textbooks have us teach them to kids is overwhelming and confuses kids. This episode is a clip from a webinar I did recently about The Missing Piece to Elementary Fact Fluency and part of the issue is that we are directly teaching kids so many strategies when instead we need to help kids develop them on their own. If you want help with how to do that in your classroom, come join my online PD courses: The Flexibility Formula K-2nd https://buildmathminds.com/flexibility-formula-prek-2nd/ The Flexibility Formula 3rd-5th https://buildmathminds.com/flexibility-formula-3rd-5th/
Episode 115 - Helping Kids Make Connections in Mathematics with Kelly Rogers
16:02In this week’s podcast, we discuss a lot of different topics with Kelly Rogers, a 3rd grade teacher, who shares about building a love of math even during a pandemic. Go here to get links to resources mentioned: buildmathminds.com/115
Episode 114 - Misconceptions about developing Fact Fluency
7:05Recently I did a video over on my vlog about A Big Mistake Educators Make When Building Math Fluency. The mistake is that we directly teach students strategies. Then I was looking through the book Putting Essential Understanding of Addition and Subtraction into Practice in PreK-Grade 2, I came across a section that described a lot of what I was trying to convey in my video just in a different way. Now, I know this is from a PreK-Grade 2 book, but if you are an upper elementary teacher, as I read this section, think about how this applies to your situation. Are you teaching multiplication or division in this same way?? Go to buildmathminds.com/114 to get links mentioned in this episode.
Episode 113 - Knowledge Needed for Teaching Mathematics
8:21In this week’s podcast, I’m sharing the story of the single thought that was running through my head as I sat through Pre-Calculus so that I could get a math endorsement added to my elementary ed teaching license: “how in the heck is this supposed to make me a better 6th grade teacher?!?!?”
Episode 112 - Types of Activities that Build Math Fluency
6:31The final step towards building your students’ fluency is deciding HOW you are going to implement these ideas into your classroom. I am not going to detail out exactly how you should do that. That’s not what I believe we should do for teachers just like I don’t believe that’s what we should do for our students in math. We should NOT make everyone do it the same way. Every classroom is filled with kids of varying needs and abilities. Every classroom has a teacher with their own teaching style. So what works for one classroom will not always work for everyone else. I understand that having some kind of guideline is important. Everyone’s situations are different. You may be tied to a textbook or you might be in a district that doesn’t use a textbook and the standards are your only guide. No matter your situation there are three types of activities I recommend trying to incorporate as much as you can. Go to buildmathminds.com/starterkit to get the Building Elementary Math Fluency Starter Kit to learn more about the Three Types of Activities that Build Math Fluency.
Episode 111 - Fluency is the By-Product of Flexibility
5:13Typically on this podcast I share things that other people have written because I want to encourage you to go learn from the original sources that I have learned from. But today I want to share something I wrote with you. Fluency is a big focus of mine, so much so that I have full online PD courses that I’ve created for teachers to learn how we build students’ fluency. How we build it is actually through building students’ flexibility...that’s why I called my courses The Flexibility Formula. To help elementary educators get started down the journey of building fluency by focusing on building students’ flexibility, I created the Building Elementary Math Fluency Starter Kit. I’d like to share a little bit from that starter kit with you today about how Fluency is the By-Product of Flexibility. If you’d like to get the starter kit go to BuildMathMinds.com/starterkit.
Episode 110 - Responses About The Use of AND in Math
10:28Last week, I shared that I was Wondering About The Use of the word AND in Math. For example, how do you say the number 45? Do you say “forty-five” or “forty AND five”? Today, I’m sharing some of the responses I got. Go to buildmathminds.com/110 to get links to any resources mentioned in this episode.
Episode 109 - Wondering About The Use of AND in Math
6:20As a Recovering Traditionalist I want you to know that I don’t have it all figured out and it’s okay that you don’t either. I’m still refining my understanding and teaching and it’s been over 17 years I’ve been working on changing my teaching. So I’m going to start doing a different type of podcast episode every once in a while. I’m calling them my ‘wonderings.’ So today I’m Wondering About The Use of the word ‘AND’ in Math. buildmathminds.com/109
Episode 108 - Creating More Wonder, Joy & Beauty in Math
8:49We are wrapping up the 2021 Virtual Math Summit here. In fact, the day this podcast gets released is the last day of free access to all the sessions. After today they are only available inside the Build Math Minds PD site for members to watch (go here to enroll: https://buildmathminds.com/bmm). One benefit members get is access to a session I did only for BMM members and VIP attendees of the summit, but on today’s podcast you are getting a snippet from that session that I hope inspires you to create more wonder, joy, and beauty in mathematics.
Episode 107 - CGI Math
6:51In this week’s episode, we are talking about CGI Math which stands for Cognitively Guided Instruction. Cognitively Guided Instruction helps us learn how to facilitate the development of kids’ math understanding by listening first, then making instructional decisions based upon what you hear. Go to buildmathminds.com/107 to get links to any resources mentioned in this episode.