Making Math Moments That Matter

Kyle Pearce & Jon Orr

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!

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What Math Class Can Learn From The Oblivious Viewer Loop
3d ago
What Math Class Can Learn From The Oblivious Viewer Loop
In this episode Jon & Kyle compare the consolidation and connection phase of your math lesson to the Oblivious Viewer Loop phenomenon in common mystery TV shows. Stick around and you’ll learn how focusing on the intentionality of your learning goal can help shape how your consolidate your lesson so that we can avoid students “missing the point” of our lesson and instead make the connection to the learning goal. You’ll Learn: What is the oblivious viewer loop why we need to consider it when teaching our lessons; Why focusing on the intentionality of your problem based lesson will help make more connections during the consolidation of your lesson;What you can do when some kids are ‘getting it’ and others aren’t quite there yet;Resources: Episode 160: How To Make Connections In Your Problem-Based LessonsEpisode 177: Making The Consolidation CountEpisode 153: The Hero’s Journey In Math Class District Leader Resources:The Make Math Moments District Planning Workbook [First 3 pages] Learn About Our District Improvement ProgramAre you a district mathematics leader interested in crafting a mathematics professional learning plan that will transform your district mathematics program forever? Book a time to chat with us!Other Useful Resources and Supports: Make Math Moments Framework [Blog Article]Make Math Moments Problem-Based Lessons & UnitsGrab the free Make Math Moments 3-Part Framework Guidebook to extend your learning from this podcast! Grab the book here -->
What Math Class Can Learn From The Oblivious Viewer Loop
3d ago
What Math Class Can Learn From The Oblivious Viewer Loop
In this episode Jon & Kyle compare the consolidation and connection phase of your math lesson to the Oblivious Viewer Loop phenomenon in common mystery TV shows. Stick around and you’ll learn how focusing on the intentionality of your learning goal can help shape how your consolidate your lesson so that we can avoid students “missing the point” of our lesson and instead make the connection to the learning goal. You’ll Learn: What is the oblivious viewer loop why we need to consider it when teaching our lessons; Why focusing on the intentionality of your problem based lesson will help make more connections during the consolidation of your lesson;What you can do when some kids are ‘getting it’ and others aren’t quite there yet;Resources: Episode 160: How To Make Connections In Your Problem-Based LessonsEpisode 177: Making The Consolidation CountEpisode 153: The Hero’s Journey In Math Class District Leader Resources:The Make Math Moments District Planning Workbook [First 3 pages] Learn About Our District Improvement ProgramAre you a district mathematics leader interested in crafting a mathematics professional learning plan that will transform your district mathematics program forever? Book a time to chat with us!Other Useful Resources and Supports: Make Math Moments Framework [Blog Article]Make Math Moments Problem-Based Lessons & UnitsGrab the free Make Math Moments 3-Part Framework Guidebook to extend your learning from this podcast! Grab the book here -->
Five Math PD Pitfalls To Avoid - Part 2
Nov 21 2022
Five Math PD Pitfalls To Avoid - Part 2
In the second part of our two part series highlighting Math PD Pitfalls To Avoid, Jon & Kyle dig deeper into the weeds we often find ourselves in when trying to plan and deliver effective mathematics professional learning. In the final part of this series, we’ll unpack why professional development one-offs won’t cut it and how we can overcome a PD Paradox that can hinder our opportunity to grow as an educational community. You’ll Learn: Why math professional development one-offs won’t cut it….or will they? Where do you place yourself on the hierarchy of math professional development learning?How to reframe your math professional development messages so that every teacher feels like they have received the learning they want and need; and, How to overcome a common math professional development paradox.Resources: The 2022 Make Math Moments Virtual Summit [REGISTER NOW]District Leader/Mentor Summit Sharing Resources [DOWNLOADABLE GOODIES]Enter the $4500+ Share The Summit Giveaway [FREE GIVEAWAY]What Teachers Want From Their Professional Learning Opportunities - Peter LiljedahlWhat NOT To Do When Planning and Delivering Math Professional DevelopmentHow To Avoid The Math Professional Development TrapStop Force Feeding Math Professional Development – Do This InsteadWhy Math Professional Development One-Offs Won’t Cut ItOvercome the Math Professional Development ParadoxDistrict Leader Resources:The Make Math Moments District Planning Workbook [First 3 pages] Learn About Our District Improvement Program
Crafting a Productive Math Struggle in Your Math Classroom
Nov 7 2022
Crafting a Productive Math Struggle in Your Math Classroom
In this episode we speak with veteran Grade 8 classroom teacher, author and current NCTM President, Kevin Dykema.Kevin spends time with us to unpack why productive struggle is a necessary part of an effective mathematics program, what we can do now to plan and implement lessons that place students in a productive struggle and how we might get key stakeholders convinced that learning in a math classroom that might look different than the one they remember can be a good thing for students.You’ll Learn: What can you do differently than teaching math just “slower and louder”;Why productive struggle is a necessary part of an effective mathematics program;What you can do now to plan and implement elements of productive struggle;How to ensure a lesson crafted to provide a productive struggle is delivered with productive struggle (instead of the teacher robbing the thinking of students);How to help families and key stakeholders get “on board” with teaching through productive struggle; and, What resources are great for modifying your lessons to allow for more productive struggle.Resources: Productive Math Struggle [Book]Openmiddle.com Sign Up for the FREE 2022 Virtual SummitDistrict Leaders: Share The Summit WIth Your Educators!Make Math Moments Share The Summit Giveaway [$4500 in Prizes to be won!]Grab the free Make Math Moments 3-Part Framework Guidebook to extend your learning from this podcast! Grab the book here -->
Are Calculators Good or Bad For Math Class?
Oct 17 2022
Are Calculators Good or Bad For Math Class?
In this episode Jon & Kyle discuss whether calculators are good or bad for mathematics learning.Dig in with them as they chat about their past calculator #classroomfails and how they now position their mathematics lessons to more strategically consider when and where it might be helpful for students to leverage the use of a calculator.You’ll Learn: How I can optimize my learning intentionality so that my lesson does not hinge on calculator use; What to do if you think your math lesson will be “derailed” if students don’t have access to a calculator;What portion of my lesson is better than others to promote the use of a calculator; and,How to design your lessons so that strategies and models emerge to lessen student dependence on their calculator.Resources: Figuring Out Fluency - Jennifer Bay Williams [Book]The 2022 Make Math Moments Virtual Summit [REGISTER NOW]District Leader/Mentor Summit Sharing Resources [DOWNLOADABLE GOODIES]Enter the $4500+ Share The Summit Giveaway [FREE GIVEAWAY]District Leader Resources:The Make Math Moments District Planning Workbook [First 3 pages] Are you a district mathematics leader interested in crafting a mathematics professional learning plan that will transform your district mathematics program forever? Book a time to chat with us!Other Useful Resources and Supports: Make Math Moments Framework [Blog Article]Make Math Moments Problem-Based Lessons & UnitsGrab the free Make Math Moments 3-Part Framework Guidebook to extend your learning from this podcast! Grab the book here -->
How Can I Use Standards Based Grading When Policies Are Limiting  - A Math Mentoring Moment
Oct 3 2022
How Can I Use Standards Based Grading When Policies Are Limiting - A Math Mentoring Moment
In this episode we speak with Anna Clark all about how to fit a square peg in a round hole. Yes, we’re talking about standards based grading and rigid gradebook programs and policies.Anna is just starting her second year and is currently teaching 8th grade. Together we develop a plan for her to take all of her formative assessment data she’s collected and fit it into her district grading program. Stick around so you can learn how too.  This is another Math Mentoring Moment episode where we talk with a member of the Math Moment Maker Community who is working through problems of practice and together we brainstorm possible next steps and strategies to overcome them. You’ll Learn: How to blend your assessment and evaluation approach with a rigid district grading system; What really matters when assessing students; How you can shift the purpose of your gradebook; and, How you can calculate the final grade for a reporting system using standards based grading.Resources: Make Math Moments TasksAssessment For Growth [Course]Episode #52: The Purpose of AssessmentEpisode #138: Morphing Your Assessment Practices – A Math Mentoring MomentEpisode #143: How To Capture Observations & Conversations in Math Class Episode #190: Assessment Questions & AnswersEpisode #189: Assessing Beyond Right & Wrong – An Interview with Tom SchimmerSign Up For The Make Math Moments Virtual SummitGrab the free Make Math Moments 3-Part Framework Guidebook to extend your learning from this podcast! Grab the book here -->
How Effective Math Educators Are Developed
Sep 26 2022
How Effective Math Educators Are Developed
In this episode Jon & Kyle discuss the importance of building both math content knowledge and pedagogical-content knowledge when designing your own or your district professional development plans. Stick around and you’ll hear their stories of how they realized they needed to be effective at both content and pedagogy so they could survive and thrive in the classroom. You’ll also learn where you can go to build and improve your own pedagogical content knowledge.  You’ll Learn: The building blocks necessary to the development of effective mathematics educators;The Difference Between Math Content Knowledge and Pedagogical-Content Knowledge; Why having mathematics knowledge alone is not enough to be an effective mathematics educator; and,Where you can develop both your mathematics content and mathematics pedagogical knowledge.Resources: The 2022 Make Math Moments Virtual Summit [REGISTER NOW]District Leader/Mentor Summit Sharing Resources [DOWNLOADABLE GOODIES]Research Paper Referenced:An, Shuhua, Gerald Kulm, and Zhonghe Wu. “The Pedagogical Content Knowledge of Middle School, Mathematics Teachers in China and the U.S.” Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education 7.2 (2004): 145–172. Web.District Leader Resources:The Make Math Moments District Planning Workbook [First 3 pages] Are you a district mathematics leader interested in crafting a mathematics professional learning plan that will transform your district mathematics program forever? Book a time to chat with us!Other Useful Resources and Supports: Make Math Moments Framework [Blog Article]Make Math Moments Problem-Based Lessons & UnitsGrab the free Make Math Moments 3-Part Framework Guidebook to extend your learning from this podcast! Grab the book here -->
What’s On YOUR Magic Wand Wish List For Math Class?
Sep 19 2022
What’s On YOUR Magic Wand Wish List For Math Class?
What do you envision for mathematics teaching and learning in your math class?While we all want teachers and students to feel capable and confident each day in our mathematics classrooms, we must take time to think and reflect on what specifically would contribute to helping us reach that goal.In this episode Jon & Kyle help you to craft a Magic Wand Wish List that you can use to help shape your vision for your mathematics classroom or your school/district program. You’ll Learn: Why constructing a math vision for your classroom is essential to maximize your impact on student learning in math class;How constructing a math vision for a department, school and/or district is critical for effective and consistent mathematics teaching practices;How to create your “Magic Wand Wish List” and “Math Practice Inventory” to begin the process of developing a math vision; and,Where you can go next to receive feedback, support and mentorship leading your district level  mathematics professional learning.Resources: The Make Math Moments District Planning Workbook [First 3 pages] Are you a district mathematics leader interested in crafting a mathematics professional learning plan that will transform your district mathematics program forever? Book a time to chat with us!Resources and Supports: Make Math Moments Framework [Blog Article]Make Math Moments Problem-Based Lessons & UnitsGrab the free Make Math Moments 3-Part Framework Guidebook to extend your learning from this podcast! Grab the book here -->
How to Use Trickery & Influence In Math Class For Good
Aug 1 2022
How to Use Trickery & Influence In Math Class For Good
In this episode we discuss how to use trickery or influence in your math class for good. We’ll discuss the difference between moral influence and immorary trickery; how educators could and should consider methods of moral influence to promote building student proficiency and a productive disposition towards mathematics; we’ll show you examples of helpful influence and less helpful influence; and, finally, where you can go to learn about helpful tactics that you can leverage in your math class. You’ll learn: The difference between moral trickery and immoral trickery;How educators could and should consider methods of moral trickery to promote building student proficiency and a productive disposition in mathematics;Some examples of helpful trickery and less helpful trickery; and, Where you can go to learn about and practice helpful (and moral) trickery tactics that you can leverage in your math lessons. Resources: Podcast:Way To Go, Ohio [Revisionist History Podcast]Courses: Learn About and Apply Helpful (and Moral) Trickery Tactics In Your Math Class [Free Video Course] Classroom Resources: Make Math Moments Framework [Blog Article]Make Math Moments Problem-Based Lessons & UnitsAre you a district mathematics leader interested in crafting a mathematics professional learning plan that will transform your district mathematics program forever? Book a time to chat with us!Grab the free Make Math Moments 3-Part Framework Guidebook to extend your learning from this podcast! Grab the book here -->