Notice and Wonder Podcast

Sonya Post - Math Mom

Join Sonya and her guest hosts as they explore the work of mathematician and educator Caleb Gattegno and the application of Notice, Wonder, Discover to homeschool education and all of life. read less
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Episodes

NW Short: Unlocking Learning: A Journey Through Gattegno's Four Stages
Jul 11 2024
NW Short: Unlocking Learning: A Journey Through Gattegno's Four Stages
In this episode of the Notice and Wonder podcast, host Sonya Post delves into the concept of learning, exploring what it truly means beyond merely regurgitating facts. She introduces listeners to Gattegno's Four Stages of Learning, a framework that helps guide children through their educational journey. Stage One: Realization - This stage involves basic awareness and curiosity. It's marked by the initial spark of interest in something new. Sonya emphasizes the importance of nurturing this curiosity by providing opportunities and resources for exploration. Stage Two: Exploration and Experimentation - True learning begins in this stage, characterized by mistakes and trial and error. Sonya discusses how mistakes are essential for developing problem-solving skills and encourages parents to provide a safe space for these learning experiences. Stage Three: Transition - At this stage, children start to perform new skills with concentration, which gradually becomes automatic with practice. Parents and teachers are advised to avoid constant repetition, allowing children to focus and think independently. Stage Four: Transfer - The final stage is when learned skills become the foundation for acquiring new ones. Sonya highlights the importance of helping children recognize connections and apply their skills in various contexts, facilitating lifelong learning. Sonya wraps up the podcast by encouraging parents to understand and support their children's learning stages, aiming for more than just good grades but building a strong foundation of knowledge and skills. She emphasizes the importance of nurturing curiosity and a lifelong love of learning. Find Sonya Post Math Mom ⁠Website⁠, ⁠Academy⁠,⁠ Facebook⁠, ⁠Instagram⁠ Email: ⁠sonya@sonyapostmathmom.com
Shifting From Task Orientation to Learner Orientation
May 15 2024
Shifting From Task Orientation to Learner Orientation
In this episode of the Notice and Wonder podcast, Sonya discusses the tension between being task-oriented and learner-oriented as educators. She is joined by Denise Gaskins and Melissa Bair, who share their experiences as homeschooling moms. They explore the negative impact of task orientation on children's learning and the importance of being learner-oriented. They emphasize the need to view education as a process of self-education and developing cognitive skills. The conversation also touches on the role of math in revealing sloppy thinking and the need to shift from a task-oriented mindset to one that values the individuality and growth of each child. In this conversation, Sonya discusses her journey in teaching math to her children and the shift in her mindset over the years. She shares how she initially struggled with teaching math to her oldest child, who had a different learning style than her. They discuss the benefits of focusing on thinking and reasoning rather than just getting the right answers. They also highlight the value of math as a social activity and the benefits of engaging children in math exploration with others. You can find Sonya at: ⁠Website - sonyapostmathmom⁠, ⁠Facebook Group - Learn Math with Base Ten Blocks⁠, ⁠Instagram - sonyapostmathmom Where you can find Denise: Website - Denise Gaskins, Table Top Academy Press Mentioned in the podcast: Let's Play Math - Highly Recommend Caleb Gattegno Charlotte Mason 00:00 Introduction and Overview 03:06 Defining Task Orientation 08:16 The Negative Impact of Task Orientation in Math Education 10:36 The Importance of Notice and Wonder in Learning 14:22 The Effects of Task Orientation on Children 24:26 The Consequences of Task Orientation 27:43 Different Approaches to Problem Solving 29:05 Understanding and Adapting to Different Learning Styles 30:28The Power of Playful Math and Philosophy-Based Approach 33:52 Shifting Mindset: Patience and Treating Children as Thinkers 36:15 Focusing on Thinking and Reasoning in Math Education 38:58 Exploring Multiple Approaches to Math Problems 41:24 Math as a Social Activity: Collaboration and Exchange of Ideas 44:38 Resilience and Learning from Mistakes 45:07 Embracing Curiosity and the Desire to Explore in Math 46:05 Math as a Nature Walk: Noticing and Wondering 47:00 Filling in Math Gaps through Exploration and Learning 50:24The Excitement of Discovering Something New task-oriented, learner-oriented, education, homeschooling, cognitive skills, self-education, math education, teaching math, learning math, mindset, playful math, philosophy-based approach, thinking and reasoning, math as a social activity, math exploration
Unleashing the Power of Notice and Wonder
May 15 2024
Unleashing the Power of Notice and Wonder
In this episode of the Notice and Wonder podcast, host Sonya Post discusses the concept of notice and wonder in education with guests Melissa and Della. They share their personal journeys of implementing notice and wonder in their homeschooling and how it has transformed their approach to math education. They also discuss the importance of developing cognitive skills, such as observation and sense-making, in children's learning. The conversation highlights the need to focus on developing foundational skills for deeper understanding. In this conversation, Sonya discusses the importance of training children in the skills of observation, noticing, and wonder to develop their thinking. She emphasizes the need for children to discover on their own and to ask questions that promote critical thinking. The conversation touches on topics such as the use of manipulatives, the power dynamics in teaching, and the distinction between arbitrary and necessary information. 00:00 Introduction to Notice and Wonder 03:21 Personal Journeys to Notice and Wonder 06:18 The Impact of Notice and Wonder on Homeschooling 13:24 The Role of Observation in Education 26:11 Developing Cognitive Skills for Deeper Understanding 31:13 Moving Away from a Task-Oriented Approach 34:22 The Importance of Understanding Math Concepts 34:51 Developing Mathematical Thinking Through Observation and Wonder 39:30 The Distinction Between Arbitrary and Necessary Information in Math Instruction 44:48 Addressing Power Dynamics in Teaching 53:29 The Role of Memory Recall and Spaced Learning in Education 01:01:47 Creating an Enriching Math Learning Environment with Manipulatives You can find Sonya at: Website - sonyapostmathmom, Facebook Group - Learn Math with Base Ten Blocks, Instagram - sonyapostmathmom You can find Della at: Website - The Beauty of Play, Instagram - The Beauty of Play , Facebook - The Beauty of Play Mentions: Mr. Barton Maths with Dave Hewitt, Arbitrary and Necessary PDF Version of Arbitrary and Necessary: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 How to Solve It By George Polya Researching Your Own Practice: The Discipline of Noticing by John Mason notice and wonder, homeschooling, math education, cognitive skills, observation, sense-making, observation skills, noticing, wonder, critical thinking, memory recall, arbitrary and necessary information