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Allison Loves Math Podcast

Allison Dillard

In the Allison Loves Math Podcast, host Allison Dillard invites you along on her journey to learn about how we, as parents and teachers, can best help our children and students to succeed in math and challenges in general. In each episode, Allison interviews a math, education or parenting experts to learn their best strategies for teaching students to love math, for making math easier and less stressful for parents, and for setting the next generation up for long-term success in math, STEM, school and life.

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Welcome To Allison Loves Math
Oct 18 2020
Welcome To Allison Loves Math
In the Allison Loves Math Podcast, host Allison Dillard invites you along on her journey to learn about how we, as parents and teachers, can best help our children and students to succeed in math and challenges in general. In each episode, Allison interviews a math, education or parenting experts to learn their best strategies for teaching students to love math, for making math easier and less stressful for parents, and for setting the next generation up for long-term success in math, STEM, school and life.   Allison Dillard is the author of Crush Math Now and Raise Your Math Grade, the Founder of Raise a Math Person, and an adjunct math professor at Irvine Valley College. She has a B.A. in English and a B.A. in Mathematics from Scripps College and an M.S. in Mathematics from Claremont Graduate University, where she received fellowships from the National Science Foundation, Boeing, and Los Alamos National Lab. She is a mom of three and loves coaching her kids soccer teams, hiking, and thinking up new ways to convince the world that math is awesome. Her love for math is legendary.   Download The Seven Secrets that Parents of Successful Math Students Know here   Launching 10/18/2020
Use Math Competitions to Challenge Your Students with Ingrid Moats
Jun 7 2022
Use Math Competitions to Challenge Your Students with Ingrid Moats
"Growth comes from challenging oneself to get out of their comfort zone and try." When it comes to math, one of the best ways to challenge students with concepts that dig deeper into and go beyond their school curriculum is math competitions. In today's interview, I sit down with Ingrid Moats, owner of Tampa Bay Test Prep, to learn all about the fascinating world of math competitions. Through this episode, Ingrid answers my many questions and draws attention to the role of math competitions in shaping a student's confidence in and love of math.  Allison and Ingrid discuss:  Growing up in a math environment [1.29] Levelling up math skills with Mathletics - Math Competitions [3.12] Math Competitions - Math Kangaroo, Math Olympiad, AMC8, Math Counts [5.08]  Benefits of participating in math competitions [7.09]  Creating opportunities for participating in math competitions at your school [8.45] Learning from each other [16.02] Quotes I really loved detective stories and mystery stories, and so I was like if I could put clue 1 and clue 2 together maybe I could get something I have never seen before… I was the detective.  Math competitions give a little bit of exposure to see a variety of math they didn’t get to see before.  Light up the math brain and showcase see what they can do. Students need to know that they can struggle and succeed. Connect with Ingrid Moats Instagram: @moatsingrid,Instagram: @tampabaytestprep Facebook: tampabaytestprepWebsite:  www.tampabaytestprep.comIngrid’s free guide to math competitions   Allison’s Books Raise your Math Grade  |  Crush Hypothesis Testing  |  Crush Math Now   |  Love Math Journal Connect with Allison Website:  Amazon:  Facebook:   Twitter:
Help Your Students Overcome Math Learning Loss with Elly Blanco-Rowe
May 3 2022
Help Your Students Overcome Math Learning Loss with Elly Blanco-Rowe
How can we help our students recover from pandemic learning loss in mathematics? As we look ahead, to our students' long-term ability to succeed in math and STEM, our task ahead as teachers is both complex and of far-reaching importance. This is why today I invited Elly Blanco- Rowe, a senior educational consultant for Teaching Matters, to share with us tips to help our students overcome math learning loss. As an experienced teacher with over 20 years of coaching and school leadership, Elly advocates for equitable, culturally responsive mathematics instruction for all children. She holds a Masters in Teaching from Pace University, an MBA from Ba-Ruk College and a Masters in School Building Leadership from Mercy College. She is also currently a doctoral student at Fordham University in Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy. Elly and I chat about:  Improving teacher effectiveness for student success[3.48]3 practices for teachers Slowing down and going deeper while at a grade level [7.50]Leveraging technology to teach students [8.26]Simplifying learning by making the context relevant to the content [9.10]  Tiktok as a means of instructing students [11.43]How teachers can go deeper into specific topics [14.00] Quotes Simplify learning by making context relevant to the content.The power that comes from knowing the vertical alignment is so intense. Knowing what is coming up next and how does the learning from this year support next year's learning is really helpful.Bring technology to the classroom. Use TikTok as a means of instructing students! Connect with Teaching Matters LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Connect with Elly Blanco-Rowe Instagram | LinkedIn Allison’s Books Raise your Math Grade  |  Crush Hypothesis Testing  |  Crush Math Now   |  Love Math Journal Connect with Allison Website:  Amazon:  Facebook:   Twitter:
Math Is... And Other Love Math Journal Prompts
Apr 5 2022
Math Is... And Other Love Math Journal Prompts
In today's episode, my co-author for the Love Math Journal, Nicole Thomson, and I dive into the first prompts from the Love Math Journal to provide advice, tips and inspiration for teachers who are introducing the Love Math Journal to their classes for the first time. We cover tips for discussing tips, examples, and advice for the following Love Math Journal prompts: How do you feel about math?Why do you feel this way?Math is... If you are a teacher, math lead, principal or district leader looking for resources to help 4th-8th grade students develop growth mindsets and SEL skills, specifically for math, download a free review copy of the Love Math Journal here: If you're interested in purchasing the Love Math Journal for your class, school, or district, provide educators with discounts on bulk orders. For questions on discounts and purchase orders, email allison@allisonlovesmath.com. You can listen to my other interviews with Nicole Thomson: #45 The Love Math Journal#44 Using Gratitude to Help Students Overcome Math Anxiety
How to Assess Math Understanding Like a Volleyball Coach with Tom Schimmer
Mar 15 2022
How to Assess Math Understanding Like a Volleyball Coach with Tom Schimmer
"Every moment of practice coaches assess their athletes. They're not grading their athletes, but they're looking at what their athletes are doing." Today's interview is with Tom Schimmer, author of the bestselling book, Grading from the Inside Out, and an expert in assessment, grading, RTI, and educational leadership.  Through this episode, Tom draws attention to ways assessment can boost our student’s confidence and love for math, including how to assess math the way coaches assess their athletes.  Allison and Tom discuss:  How Tom’s teachers played vital roles in nurturing his love for math. [1.56]What good assessment practices look like [7.00]How to make room for learning from mistakes in a math class [9.14]Why and how to avoid redundancy in math tests [15.44]Assessment planning [20.29]Tom's books on instruction and assessment [22.57]Quality over counting: Situations where equal marks do not equate to equal understanding [24.34] Quotes Find a way to use evidence (outcomes of assessment) to advance learning as opposed to just judge learning.‘What’s the score during warmup?’ ‘The score is 00. The game hasn't started.’  ‘Okay. Why did you sweat in practice? Why didn't you die for a loose ball? Why didn't you do all of that? You clearly didn't get anything? Because it's to start the game, the game is 00.  ‘Well, it prepared me to play better, right?  Be prepared to demonstrate math proficiency without practicing math proficiency, even though you're not harvesting anything, you're not gaining anything, you're looking at this idea that this is going to improve my math skill. Percentage system is not all it's cracked up to be when it comes to grading.Every moment of practice the coaches assess their athletes, they're not grading their athletes, but they're looking at what their athletes are doing. So if we taught like we coached in the sense that we do very little quantification. We would have an assessment system or an assessment experience for our students that would be most beneficial to them reaching proficiency with the learning goals. Links from the episode Allison’s episode on Tom’s podcast Connect with Tom Schimmer Twitter: @TomSchimmer; @TomSchimmerPodInstagram: @tomschimmerpodcastFacebook: Schimmer EducationYouTube: Tom Schimmer PodcastTikTok: @tomschimmerpodcast Allison’s Books Raise your Math Grade: An open educational resource. Crush Math Now Crush Hypothesis Testing:  This book is co-authored by math professor Jennifer Flenner, who was on Episode #34 Tips for Teaching Introductory Statistics. Love Math Journal: This journal is co-authored by Nicole Thomson, who was on Episode# 44 Using Gratitude to Help Students Overcome Math Anxiety. Connect with Allison Website:  Amazon:  Facebook:   Twitter:
Teacher Self-Care Starts with Meal Planning with Marie Fiebach
Mar 1 2022
Teacher Self-Care Starts with Meal Planning with Marie Fiebach
The lastest covid surge has ended. This is the time to catch up on taking care of yourself.  For one person, self-care might be vegging out and sleeping in. For another, it might be having a cocktail and a good laugh with friends. For yet another, it might be eating healthier and eliminating the stress of last-minute family meals. Today's interview features Marie Fiebach, family dinner coach and the host of the Feed Your Family Tonight podcast. In this episode, Marie and I talk about meal planning, quick dinner recipes and so much more.  Allison and Marie chat about: Time management secrets to weeknight dinner success [3.00]Eliminating stress by having backup meal plans [6.59]Marie's quick dinner recipes [11.32]How and when to experiment with new dinner ideas [13.31]Marie’s favorite go-to breakfast recipes [17.06] Quotes Prep your meals today to be successful later in the week. Dinners do not have to be fancy. It can be a little bit boring. It is ok if you have 10 or 12 meals and you're having the same things over and over again Free weekly meal planning sheet at feedyourfamilytonight.com/plan Connect with Marie: - Marie's website and free meal planning guide:  - Marie's podcast:  - Marie's Instagram: @feedyourfamilytonightFB: - Marie's Facebook:    Allison’s Books Raise your Math Grade Crush Hypothesis Testing Crush Math NowLove Math Journal This journal is co-authored by Allison and Nicole Thomson, who had been on Episode# 44 Using Gratitude to Help Students Overcome Math Anxiety. Connect with Allison Dillard Website:  Amazon:  Facebook:   Twitter:
Things to Consider Before You Quit Teaching with Janice Scholl
Feb 15 2022
Things to Consider Before You Quit Teaching with Janice Scholl
Are you thinking about taking a career break? If teaching through the pandemic has you thinking about switching careers, there is much to consider before making the jump. In today's episode, Allison interviews career coach and host of the Money, Career and Motherhood Podcast, about how to plan for a career that strikes a balance between your personal, professional, and family life. These are some highlights from the episode:  What unquantifiable factors to consider before taking a career break [2:10]How to find a balance in your life on your professional, personal, and family front [5.17]Thinking about what you value before taking a career break [10.01]Accepting there will be burnouts and learning curves in any career [11.13]Investing in yourself when you are not working [18.23]Squeezing opportunities from challenging times [24.19] Check out Janice’s previous interview on Allison Loves Math Podcast Check out Janice's Website Allison’s Books Raise your Math Grade: Get this FREE short book, which is a toughen-up math manifesto mixed with you-can-do-it enthusiasm. It is an open educational resource, meaning you can share it freely with friends, students, and colleagues.  Crush Hypothesis Testing:  In Introductory Statistics, hypothesis testing is one of the most difficult topics and every teacher, textbook, YouTube video explains in a slightly different way. If it's making you frustrated, you're not alone. Learn the 5-Step Method that Makes Hypothesis Testing Easier and Understandable Crush Math Now:  Order this best-selling Amazon book! It is a study guide packed with all the advice Allison has given students over the years on math mindset, study skills, and test-taking strategies.Love Math Journal: Get this growth mindset journal to help 4th-8th grade students to succeed in and love math. This journal is co-authored by Allison and Nicole Thomson, who had been on Episode# 44 Using Gratitude to Help Students Overcome Math Anxiety. Connect with Allison Website:  Amazon:  Facebook:  Twitter:
The Key to Enhancing Student Success is... with Punam Saxena
Feb 1 2022
The Key to Enhancing Student Success is... with Punam Saxena
Students need support to shine and grow.  In this episode, Punam Saxena, author of Parent Power, discusses how parent engagement at school and at home can boost a child's academic success.   Parent Impact Coach, TEDx speaker, and host of the Edu-Me Podcast, Punam Saxena sheds light on how a student-parent-teacher team can nurture a child to become the best version of themselves.  Allison and Punam discuss: Punam's new Ted Talk [2.03]How a student’s a socio-emotional environment impacts their academic performance [4.11]How teachers can engage reluctant parents [8.37]Being a better parent [19.00] Check out Punam’s previous interview on Allison Loves Math Podcast: Connect with Punam Saxena Punam's TedTalk: Punam's Book: Punam's Website: Allison's Books Raise your Math Grade: Get this FREE short book, which is a toughen-up math manifesto mixed with you-can-do-it enthusiasm. It is an open educational resource, meaning you can share it freely with friends, students, and colleagues.  Crush Math Now:  Order this best-selling Amazon book! It is a study guide packed with all the advice Allison has given students over the years on math mindset, study skills, and test-taking strategies.Love Math Journal: Get this growth mindset journal to help 4th-8th grade students to succeed in and love math. This journal is co-authored by Allison and Nicole Thomson, who had been on Episode# 44 Using Gratitude to Help Students Overcome Math Anxiety. Connect with Allison Website:  Amazon:  Facebook:
Self-Advocacy Advice for Underrepresented Math Students with Shanise Walker
Jan 18 2022
Self-Advocacy Advice for Underrepresented Math Students with Shanise Walker
"Do you want to be great or do you want to be comfortable?" Advocate for your needs. Be proactive. Build a support system. Take risks. Push yourself to do great things. In today's interview, Shanise Walker, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, shares inspiring and practical advice for math students about how to advocate for themselves and set themselves up for success in math. Shanise is a first-generation college student, who earned B.S. in Mathematics from UGA and Ph.D. in Mathematics from Iowa State University.  Her research interests lie in extremal combinatorics and graph theory and she is active in service to the mathematical profession related to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI).  Allison and Shanise discuss: How Shanise fell in love with Math [3.15]Being proactive and having a plan [5.54]Shanise talks about her blog in the American Mathematical Society [10.18]Having a spectrum of support system [16.20]If you are doing Math Majors, take up English courses[21.55]   Check out Shanise’s blog: Connect with Shanise: walkersg@uwec.edu   Connect with Allison Website:  Facebook:   Allison’s Books Raise your Math Grade: Get this FREE short book, which is a toughen-up math manifesto mixed with you-can-do-it enthusiasm. It is an open educational resource, meaning you can share it freely with friends, students, and colleagues.  Crush Math Now:  Order this best-selling Amazon book! It is a study guide packed with all the advice Allison has given students over the years on math mindset, study skills, and test-taking strategies.Love Math Journal: Get this growth mindset journal to help 4th-8th grade students to succeed in and love math. This journal is co-authored by Allison and Nicole Thomson, who had been on Episode# 44 Using Gratitude to Help Students Overcome Math
How To Write A Math Book (Part 2) with Allison Dillard and Jennifer Flenner
Jan 4 2022
How To Write A Math Book (Part 2) with Allison Dillard and Jennifer Flenner
Remember - A published book is better than no book.  Part 2 is here! In this episode, Jennifer Flenner, the co-author of my new book Crush Hypothesis Testing, is interviewing me on how you, as a teacher, can spread your love of math by writing books that will inspire kids, parents, and teachers beyond your classroom and school.   Allison and Jennifer discuss: Recap [2.57]Proofing the book [3.20]Publishing the book [4.57]Motivation to write the book [7.58]Pitfalls to avoid [11.14]Equations and diagrams for your books [13.29] Check out Jennifer's episode: Tips for Teaching Introductory Statistic:  Check out Allison's Books: Raise your Math Grade: Get this FREE short book, which is a toughen-up math manifesto mixed with you-can-do-it enthusiasm. It is an open educational resource, meaning you can share it freely with friends, students, and colleagues.  Crush Math Now:  Order this best-selling Amazon book! It is a study guide packed with all the advice Allison has given students over the years on math mindset, study skills, and test-taking strategies.Love Math Journal: Get this growth mindset journal to help 4th-8th grade students to succeed in and love math. This journal is co-authored by Allison and Nicole Thomson, who had been on Episode# 44 Using Gratitude to Help Students Overcome Math Anxiety.Crush Hypothesis Testing: The five-step method to make hypothesis testing easier and understandable. I wrote this book with Math Professor Jennifer Flenner and you can read the first two chapters of Crush Hypothesis Testing for free at www.allisonlovesmath.com/free. Connect with Allison Website:  Amazon:  Facebook:
How To Write A Math Book (Part 1) with Allison Dillard and Jennifer Flenner
Dec 28 2021
How To Write A Math Book (Part 1) with Allison Dillard and Jennifer Flenner
Today’s episode is an exciting one! Jennifer Flenner, the co-author of my new book Crush Hypothesis Testing, is interviewing me on how you, as a teacher, can spread your love of math by writing books that will inspire kids, parents, and teachers beyond your classroom and school.   Allison and Jennifer discuss: What made Allison start writing math books [4.20]Building a community of math enthusiasts [6.13]Why should you as a teacher write math books? [7.09]The creation of the Love Math Journal [8.17]How to get started and write your book  [11.20]Advice for getting your book idea or concept just right [16.17] Check out Jennifer's episode: Tips for Teaching Introductory Statistic:  Check out Allison's Books: Raise your Math Grade: Get this FREE short book, which is a toughen-up math manifesto mixed with you-can-do-it enthusiasm. It is an open educational resource, meaning you can share it freely with friends, students, and colleagues.  Crush Math Now:  Order this best-selling Amazon book! It is a study guide packed with all the advice Allison has given students over the years on math mindset, study skills, and test-taking strategies.Love Math Journal: Get this growth mindset journal to help 4th-8th grade students to succeed in and love math. This journal is co-authored by Allison and Nicole Thomson, who had been on Episode# 44 Using Gratitude to Help Students Overcome Math Anxiety.Crush Hypothesis Testing: The five-step method to make hypothesis testing easier and understandable. I wrote this book with Math Professor Jennifer Flenner and you can read the first two chapters of Crush Hypothesis Testing for free at www.allisonlovesmath.com/free. Connect with Allison Website:  Amazon:  Facebook:
Reinventing Assessment will Improve Learning With Melissa Dean
Dec 21 2021
Reinventing Assessment will Improve Learning With Melissa Dean
Melissa Dean is back on Allison Loves Math Podcast! Blogger at Dean of Math, middle school math teacher, and author of the upcoming book, ‘Unschool,’ Melissa Dean is back sharing new ways to disrupt math class. Melissa’s first interview in Season 1 explored ways to Radically Reimagine Your Math Class and today she’s here to explore how to radically reimagine how we assess and evaluate math learning. Allison and Melissa discuss: The story and purpose behind Melissa’s new book, Unschool [6.47] The importance of assessing math learning the correct way [7.25]Ideas to start changing your assessment and evaluation style [9.35]Why and how to emphasize providing feedback in assessment [15.55]Melissa’s big ah-ha moment with her students [17.42]The changing role of math teachers education [23.58] Resources  Check out Melissa's previous interview: you liked these interviews, you might also like the Statistics’s episode - Bring Your Statistics Class to Life with Community Engaged Learning:   Connect with Melissa Dean Website: Connect with Allison Dillard Website:  Facebook:
Math is Beautiful, Awesome, and Everywhere with Prof. Prime
Dec 14 2021
Math is Beautiful, Awesome, and Everywhere with Prof. Prime
Math is all around us. From video games to sports to groceries to travel, everything around us has its foundations in math.  This week’s interview features Professor Prime, host of the wildly inspiring YouTube channel Math Time with Professor Prime. A math educator on a mission to build a world that loves math, Prof. Prime shares how you, as an educator, can spread the love of math by helping students to see how math is beautiful, awesome, and in everything. Allison and Prof. Prime discuss: What got Prof. Prime to share his love for math [1.49]Approaching sports and video games with math in mind [6.15]Math Time with Professor Prime videos that connect math to real-life [12:45]What drives Prof. Prime to create math content on youtube[18.40]How educators can connect and inspire students to love math [22.33] Connect with Professor Prime: Youtube: Allison's Favorite Professor Prime YouTube Videos: Math & Racism: & Star Wars: & Comedy: & Horizon Dawn: Connect with Allison Dillard Website:  Facebook:
Using Math Infused Stories to Teach Elementary School Math With Lynda Brennan
Dec 7 2021
Using Math Infused Stories to Teach Elementary School Math With Lynda Brennan
What is the best way to feed veggies to kids?  Wrap them up with their favorite food and then watch them enjoy it.  Similarly, what is the best way to teach math to kids? Wrap it up in a story and watch the learning unfold.  Today’s episode is an exciting one! I interview educator, math storyteller and author, Lynda Brennan. Lynda is the founder of the Math MileMarkers® series, creator of the "Make 10" Games produced by Nasco, and a 2020 New York State Finalist for the Presidential Award in Mathematics. An elementary teacher with over 20 years experience, currently working as an elementary math specialist in a Title 1 NYS public school, Lynda shares books and ideas that will help your students and kids to love and learn math through relevant, interesting, math-infused stories. Allison and Lynda discuss: Jayla The Number Navigator and using stories to strengthen student understanding of number line [2.50] What math infused stories are and how they can help elementary school students to learn and love math [6.50]On My Way To Grandma’s House and the long-term benefits of using stories to teach rounding numbers [8.50]Louie Lucky Looker and using stories to teach both division skills and problem-solving [15.55] Connect with Lynda Brennan Math Mile Markers Website: form the episode : Jayla The Number Navigator | On My Way To Grandma’s House | Louie Lucky Looker Follow Lynda on Twitter: @mathmilemarkers Connect with Allison Dillard Website:  Facebook:
How to Create an Optimal Learning Environment for Students with Estie Alessandrini
Nov 30 2021
How to Create an Optimal Learning Environment for Students with Estie Alessandrini
Distraction is a major obstacle to studying efficiently. From the buzzing of phone notifications to the smell of good food in the kitchen, having your mind stick to a task can be a challenge when so much is happening around us.  In this episode, I chat with physician and medical researcher, Estie Alessandrini, about seven factors that help create an optimal environment to boost productivity and stay focused.  As a brain health expert, Estie shares her work on knowledge growth and how to effectively regulate this progression using brain-based strategies. She has created The CLEVER Learning Method with a goal to empower as many children as possible with the super skill of knowing how to learn best. Allison and Estie discuss: How learning is not about getting the right answer. It is about the journey to the answer [1.26]What a clever learning environment is [4:20]Being able to connect the dots before getting started with a new concept [5.35]The importance of creating an optimal environment for the brain to function [11.00]Seven factors to create a clever learning environment [12.12]What a Brain Break is [12.55]How the learning space affects your learning [16.24]How being hydrated affects the mind [22.02] Estie's Resources Free Clever Brain Challenge cultivate a healthy happy family visit: HealthyFamilyandMe.com Connect with Allison Dillard Website: Allison's Math Books Raise your Math Grade: Get this FREE short book, which is a toughen-up math manifesto mixed with you-can-do-it enthusiasm. It is an open educational resource, meaning you can share it freely with friends, students, and colleagues. Crush Math Now:  Order this best-selling Amazon book! It is a study guide packed with all the advice Allison has given students over the years on math mindset, study skills, and test-taking strategies.Love Math Journal: Get this growth mindset journal to help 4th-8th grade students to succeed in and love math. This journal is co-authored by Allison and Nicole Thomson, who had been on Episode# 44 Using Gratitude to Help Students Overcome Math Anxiety.
Imagine a World Where Kim Kardashian Loves Math with Vanessa Vakharia
Nov 23 2021
Imagine a World Where Kim Kardashian Loves Math with Vanessa Vakharia
Can media subtly alter the way you perceive something? Internet and technology have made the world a global village. With constant access to media and the fast pace of changing trends, subtle impressions of the way women are represented in math and STEM are still impacting our students' views of math.  This episode features The Math Guru, Vanessa Vakharia. The author of Math Hacks, Vanessa appears regularly on national television and news outlets as an expert in math education and speaks globally at conferences about re-inventing media representations of women in STEM. Her goal is to totally change math culture so that STEM is finally as cool and accessible as every single Taylor Swift song.  Tune in to this jazzy conversation with Vanessa, where we discuss inappropriate representations of math in the media and how you, as a teacher, can help students grow beyond that. Allison and Vanessa discuss: The influence of media on young minds [2.15]Inappropriate representations of math in media [3.35]How mainstream fashion brands are influencing mindset for math in kids [11.15]How can you, as a teacher, can counter these negative representations of math [12.56] How Vanessa became the Lady Gaga of Math despite failing in math twice [19.36] Math-In-The-Media Assignment for students:  Perform a character sketch of a character from a movie or TV series who is good at math. Write about the interests and background of the character, along with the plot of the story. Have the students present their findings and discuss how the characters who love math were portrayed. Bonus question: If you could rewrite these movies or change the character, what changes would you make?Show a math movie and discuss how it portrays math. Connect with Vanessa Vakharia a.k.a The Math Guru  Website: Hacks: Therapy Podcast: Connect with Allison Dillard Amazon:  Website: Book Resources Love Math Journal: Get this growth mindset journal to help 4th-8th grade students to succeed in and love math. This journal is co-authored by Allison and Nicole Thomson, who had been on Episode# 44 Using Gratitude to Help Students Overcome Math Anxiety.Raise your Math Grade: Get this FREE short book, which is a toughen-up math manifesto mixed with you-can-do-it enthusiasm. It is an open educational resource, meaning you can share it freely with friends, students, and colleagues. Crush Math Now:  Order this best-selling Amazon book! It is a study guide packed with all the advice Allison has given students over the years on math mindset, study skills, and test-taking strategies.
How to be a Better Parent in Stressful Times with Trish Wilkinson
Nov 16 2021
How to be a Better Parent in Stressful Times with Trish Wilkinson
Our kids are growing every passing day and it’s our job as parents to teach them the skills and values they will need to thrive in the world. It’s easier said than done though. Raising kids to be amazing adults requires patience and perseverance, especially when dealing with children gets challenging. Tune in to this insightful conversation with Trish Wilkinson, co-author of Brain Stages: How to Raise Smart, Confident Kids and Have Fun Doing It. She is the founder of Brain Stages Parenting, a parent coach, a veteran teacher, and a mom of two. In this episode, Trish shares how you can be a better parent when dealing with kids gets harder.  Allison and Trish discuss: What inspired Trish to create the Brain Stages framework [5.55]How our body signals us before we stress out [7.50]The steps we need to take before responding to challenging situations [9.11]How this procedure can help students relieve their math anxiety [10.39]Dealing with kids when they are don’t communicate with you [12.30]How to make screen time healthy for kids with Trish’s Healthy Screen Time mini-course [18.06] (coupon code in the show notes) Resources Freebie: Healthy Screen Time mini-course, free with coupon code SMARTSCREENTIME2021  Facebook Group Brain Stages Parenting: Connect with Trish Wilkinson Website:  Instagram: Connect with Allison Dillard Website: Book Resources  Raise your Math Grade: Get this FREE short book, which is a toughen-up math manifesto mixed with you-can-do-it enthusiasm. It is an open educational resource, meaning you can share it freely with friends, students, and colleagues. Crush Math Now:  Order this best-selling Amazon book! It is a study guide packed with all the advice Allison has given students over the years on math mindset, study skills, and test-taking strategies.Love Math Journal: Get this growth mindset journal to help 4th-8th grade students to succeed in and love math. This journal is co-authored by Allison and Nicole Thomson, who had been on Episode# 44 Using Gratitude to Help Students Overcome Math Anxiety.
Playing Math Games With Your Child with Mark Hendrickson
Nov 9 2021
Playing Math Games With Your Child with Mark Hendrickson
Forget worksheets. Let’s make learning math fun! Tune in to this fun conversation with Mark Hendrickson, product developer of the newly released Beast Academy Playground, a free and growing collection of tabletop math games and activities for kids. Mark and I have a fun discussion about how math, if you forgo the structure of workbooks and formal lessons, can simply be a great way to have fun with our kids.  Connect with Beast Academy: Beast Academy Playground: Connect with Allison Dillard Website: www.allisonlovesmath.comFacebook: This interview is brought to you by Allison's:  Love Math Journal: Get this growth mindset journal to help 4th-8th grade students to succeed in and love math. This journal is co-authored by Allison Dillard and Nicole Thomson, who had been on Episode# 44 Using Gratitude to Help Students Overcome Math Anxiety.
How to Spark Up Conversations that Boost Your Child’s Comfort with Math
Nov 2 2021
How to Spark Up Conversations that Boost Your Child’s Comfort with Math
How do you help your child see math in everyday things?  Math is everywhere. From the tick of your clock to the speed of your car, from the size of clothing to the measurements of your favorite cupcake recipe, math is everywhere.  Tune in to this interview with Alice Aspinall, author of many children’s books, including Everyone Can Learn Math. A high school math teacher and a mom of two young kids, Alice has become a strong advocate of teaching a growth mindset. She continually looks for ways to build young people’s confidence in math and to make math fun, challenging, and friendly. Alice believes everyone can learn math and she is on a mission to prove it. Alice and Allison discuss: Alice’s story behind her children’s books and love of math [1.02]How parents can have math conversations with their kids [5.55]Alice’s experience, as a parent and as a teacher, with the Love Math Journal [8.24]How parents bad-mouthing math can hinder their child’s math experiences [9.44]How to make your kids see math in their lives and surroundings [11.33]Why sympathizing with your kid’s dislike of math is NOT the solution! [16.38] Connect with Alice Aspinall: Available at Let's Explore Math Look For The Math Around You Everyone Can Learn Math  Alice's Instagram: Facebook: Connect with Allison Dillard Website:
Bring Your Statistics Class to Life with Community-Engaged Learning with Jana Asher and Jeffrey Musyt
Oct 26 2021
Bring Your Statistics Class to Life with Community-Engaged Learning with Jana Asher and Jeffrey Musyt
Is it possible to help our math students become better citizens, while teaching them statistics? Tune in to today’s episode with Jana Asher & Jeffrey Musyt, assistant professors at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics of Slippery Rock University. Through the Office of Community Engaged Learning at Slippery Rock University, Jana & Jeffrey have been using ‘community-engagement' projects to level up how they teach Statistics and will share how you can do the same in your classroom! The key topics discussed in this episode include: How to use statistics as a tool for becoming a good citizen [6.06]How to foster relationships with community partners in your school [12.32]Know what to do (and not to do) when creating a community-engaged project [18.00]Jana shares the importance of having a backup dataset plan [19.45]Even as a teacher, it is OKAY to make mistakes [22.44] Connect with Jana Asher & Jeffrey Musyt To get Jana & Jeffrey’s Presentation on Community-Engaged Learning, email them at jana.asher@sru.edu or jeffrey.musyt@sru.edu.Jana’s LinkedIn: for Community Engaged Learning: Compact: Connect with Allison Dillard Amazon: : : Get the first 2 Chapters of Allison's upcoming book, Crush Hypothesis Testing, for free at
How to Boost Your Daughter’s Math Confidence with Brittany Rhodes
Oct 19 2021
How to Boost Your Daughter’s Math Confidence with Brittany Rhodes
Does your daughter feel anxious when it comes to dealing with math? If yes, this episode is for you! Welcome to the very first episode of Season 2 of the Allison Loves Math Podcast. In this episode, I interview the founder of Black Girl MATHgic, Brittany Rhodes. Black Girl MATHgic is the world’s first and only subscription box dedicated to increasing math confidence and decreasing math anxiety in 3rd-8th grade girls. Brittany shares three things you can do to lessen your child’s math phobia and set your child up for success with math and STEM.    Brittany and Allison discuss: What keeps Brittany driven to help students with their math struggles [2:58]Cool features from the Black Girl MATHgic box [5.42]A solution to the bias one might face while dealing with math [10.20]How Brittany dealt with the bias she faced from her science teacher while she was in seventh grade [11.29]Homework that up-levels math skills [17.09]How to develop confidence in learning math [18.52]How repeating math affirmations can help you reach your goals [25.20] Connect with Black Girl Mathgic Website :  Instagram: : Connect with Allison Dillard Website: : : Get a FREE copy of Raise your Math Grade at