August 10, 2020
Today we speak with the creator of the 3-act math structure, Guinness Book of World Record holder, national speaker, and Chief Academic Officer at Desmos, Dan Meyer. We get the dirt on Dan’s background as a student and early days as a teacher. He shares his insights on what lessons should look like, sound like and he lets us in on what a Chief Academic Officer really does.
August 3, 2020
Kyle and Jon share their insights on what was working and what needed improvement from their emergency remote teaching time before summer and provide suggestions on how you can start this coming school year off on the right foot. Stick around and you’ll hear how to set the stage to inspire curiosity throughout the school year; how to build trust with your students so you can create an inclusive classroom culture; and, activities that are essential for the first day of class.
July 27, 2020
In this episode we speak with Math Moment Maker Stephanie Moore from North Carolina. Stephanie is a college instructor recently became a Making Math Moments Certified Educator after enrolling in our Full Online Workshop.  We chat with Stephanie about how to prepare students who are underprepared, how to handle lesson flops and what to do next, and what can you do when it seems everyone is struggling.
July 20, 2020
Today we’re speaking with Robert Q. Berry, he’s the current NCTM president, he’s a professor in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, and author of numerous books and articles on equity issues in mathematics education. Stick around to hear Robert discuss math moments he’s had as a student and a teacher.
July 13, 2020
While many of us are passionate about teaching mathematics, we’ve found that more often than not many educators do not leave ourselves enough time, energy, or maybe just aren’t interested in learning about money management and in particular, investing despite how mathematically centered finance is.  This episode is a little different in what we normally share, but we feel that financial literacy is so important for our students to learn and in turn, we must learn about it as well.
July 6, 2020
Today we speak with Ryan Foley from Spokane, Washington. Ryan is a 6th grade math and science teacher, who became a Making Math Moments That Matter Certified Teacher after taking our online workshop! What you’re about to hear is another Math Mentoring Moment episode where we speak with a math moment maker like you who is working on a problem of practice. Together, we’ll brainstorm a plan for overcoming these challenges.
June 29, 2020
In this episode we speak with Ilana Horn - A professor of math education at Vanderbilt University. Llana’s work is motivated by the underperformance of students in mathematics. Today we talk with Llana about her book Motivated and what is needed to START to motivate your students.  Ilana calls her book the prequel to Peg Smith and Mary K. Stein’s book The 5 Practices to Orchestrating Productive Mathematical Discussions and we can’t agree more.
June 22, 2020
Francis Su is a professor at Harvey Mudd College in California, he’s a past president of the Mathematical Association of America, he’s won multiple awards for teaching, and he’s the author of a new book Mathematics for Human Flourishing. In this episode we chat with Francis about how learning mathematics can help us become better human beings; how can mathematics help us become better at exploring truth and justice; and, how to change your assessment to reflect what you value.
June 15, 2020
In another “Where are they now?” episode series we bring back on 6th grade math teacher Sam Brotherton from St. Louis Missouri. Sam’s back to talk about the changes he made in his classroom around assessment, lesson design and how practice fits in. He also talks to us about his new challenges around personalized learning.
June 8, 2020
That is Hema Khodai, an educator who lives relatively close to Kyle and I in Mississauga Ontario. Hema is a high school math teacher turned instructional resource teacher. We speak with Hema today about her 2019 Make Math Moments Virtual Summit presentation called “Who is a Mathematician”. Hema’s session was one of the most watched sessions during our two-day virtual conference back in November.
June 1, 2020
Listen in to Craig Guthrie share his insights on comparing learning and teaching math in Israel to learning and teaching math here in North America. Both Craig and our own Kyle Pearce recently visited Tel Aviv to learn what math looks like in Israel and share the Make Math Moments 3-Part Framework with their fantastic math educators. Stick around to hear about what educators struggle with on the other side of the world and how students are learning math --- is it different than here?
May 25, 2020
In this episode we chat with Jennifer L’Arrivee a high school science and math teacher from British Columbia. After learning about spiralling in our online workshop this past Fall, Jennifer is on a mission to implement a content organizational structure that will maximize retention and understanding in her science and math classes. Listen in as she picks our brains about best approaches to stay organized both with content standards and with classroom activities.
May 18, 2020
You’re listening to the ever so charming math teacher & department chair at the Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles, and debate guru Chris Luzniak.  We chat with Chris about why we should have students debate in math class, how you can get started with this routine in any classroom, what pitfalls to watch out for, and where you can go to get resources to make this happen in your classroom!  Let the Debate begin!!!!  Let’s do it!
May 11, 2020
Hey there, Math Moment Makers! This episode is a little different from our usual episodes as we look to give you a glimpse of some of the other places that we’re trying to learn with Math Moment Makers like YOU from around the world. In addition to hosting this podcast each week and working our day jobs in classrooms, we also host the Make Math Moments Academy.
May 4, 2020
In today’s episode, we welcome Math Moment Maker, John Stevens to the podcast! John is an instructional coach for mathematics and technology, who not only supports the teachers he works with throughout his district, but educators from around the world with his many resources. Dive into this episode with John and we’ll unpack how you can facilitate debates in math class using his free online resource,
April 27, 2020
In another in a series of “Where Are They Now?” episodes we chat with Kirsten Dyck a part-time teacher and part-time math coach. We chatted with Kirsten way back in episode #9 about Intentionality and learning goal. In this episode we hear from Kirsten how she’s made progress on her goals since we last spoke.
April 20, 2020
Cathy Yenca is a middle school teacher from Austin, Texas who has been leading the charge in effective math teaching pedagogy and effective use of technology in math class. The Mathy Cathy blog is a go-to spot not only because she routinely shares great resources and reflections, but because she is constantly sharing interesting ways to use technology to help her formatively assess students on an ongoing basis and to give her students a voice in math class.
April 13, 2020
In another “Where Are They Now?” episode we chat with Katrien Vance a teacher of 25+ years from Charlottesville, Virginia who has participated in our online workshop over a year ago; she’s a member of the Make Math Moments Academy, and she’s a make math moments podcast alumni. We spoke with Katrien way back on episode 8 where we heard all about her transformation from a traditional teacher into a curiosity instigator.
April 6, 2020
Today we interview Pam Harris; a former high school teacher turned mathematics consultant living in Austin Texas. When she’s not teaching pre-service teachers at Texas State University, she’s out and about leading K-12 mathematics professional development sessions, writing books, and courses.
March 30, 2020
That is the Math Moment Maker Takiesha Martinez from San Antonio Texas. Takiesha talks with us about how to decide which resources are the best for her students, how to create an inclusive learning environment, how to increase mathematical discourse and collaboration, and how to plan with intentionality so that you can get the most out of your resources.
March 27, 2020
In this extra episode of the Making Math Moments That Matter Podcast we’re sharing a recording of our Monthly Live Q and A call with the Make Math Moments Academy members. In this live chat Jon & Kyle discuss the COVID-19 Pandemic and how it’s affecting our home-work life and the home-school life of our students. They answer questions from the community around teaching online, engaging students with math when working from home and resources that can help you do that.
March 23, 2020
Today we speak with a 23 year veteran teacher from Alabama; Tiffany Roddy. Tiffany joins us on this Math Mentoring Moment episode where we will explore a struggle or challenge she is working on and together we’ll brainstorm next steps to ignite her teacher moves!
March 16, 2020
In this episode, we’ll dive into a conversation with Dr. Kristopher Childs, a Mathematics Educator, Presenter, and Speaker from Orlando, Florida. Kris joins us for an insightful conversation about shifting mathematics instruction from the “I do, We do, You do” approach to a problem based teaching model broken down into 6 stages.
March 9, 2020
In episode 67 we speak with Karen Huber, a third grade math teacher from San Antonio Texas. Karen has taken a deep dive with us in our Full Online workshop, she’s a member of the make math moments academy and today in this Math Mentoring Moment Episode we talk about how to promote reasoning and proving with our students instead of focusing on just answer getting.
March 2, 2020
Today we speak with Mike Fynn, a national speaker on teacher education, the director of mathematics education at Mount Holyoke College and all around super nice guy! Mike shares with us how to spark change amongst teachers you work with, how to make habits that stick, why some moments from math class stick with us and some don’t, and how we can “break the script” to help students learn math at a deeper level.
February 24, 2020
We are bringing you another Make Math Moments MASTERCLASS!  Do you know what concept is holding your students back the most? PROPORTIONAL REASONING!  We have found that reasoning proportionally is the concept that prevents  many students from developing a deeper level of thinking towards number sense, algebra, measurement, and functions!
February 17, 2020
Today we have GFletchy himself! Yes, today on the podcast we have 3-Act Math Task Builder, National Speaker, and Math Specialist Graham Fletcher.
February 10, 2020
Christina Marin a dedicated and reflective middle school teacher from the Bay Area in California. We talk with christina today about struggles around how students are resistant to learning through productive struggle. Especially students who have been successful in traditional math classes. In our conversation we talk about how using purposeful questioning and planning can give you the confidence you need to convince students that the struggle is worth it.
February 3, 2020
We have a treat for you today. We’re speaking with the great and obviously passionate Dr. Nicki Newton. By the end of this episode you’ll wish Nicki could just keep on going. She shares with us today her passion about learning trajectories and why we all need to learn them for various mathematical ideas. She fills us in why we should be using running running records, and she gives you many knowledge bombs and resources during this one hour session.
January 27, 2020
Why spend hours of your limited planning time searching the internet for better resources just to find that you have to PAY for those resources out of your own pocket? Instead, learn how to use the resources you already have access to so that you can Make Math Moments That Matter!
January 20, 2020
In this Math Mentoring Moment Episode we speak with Patrick Kosal. Patrick a math coach from Mooresville, North Carolina - who isn’t seeing that ongoing drive to continue striving effective teaching practices in the teachers he works with. Stick with us as we learn how working with teachers is similar to working with students and how it’s not! How we can spark a love of learning in teachers we work with. Easy strategies to help "resistor teachers" change ineffective (but comfortable) old-school practice
January 13, 2020
Today we speak with Sarah Schaefer who is the go-to person when learning about the Singapore Methodology. Sarah is the Principal at M4thodology in Atlantic beach Fl and unleashes a bunch of great tips and ideas on how to use the singapore methodology in your classroom. You’ll also hear about how the Singapore method falls in line with the 5 practices and how you can use lesson study to avoid teacher isolation.
January 6, 2020
Today we speak with Craig Guthrie and Brenda Delduca as they share their insights, wisdom and experience on starting up a math council in their school. Craig and Brenda both joined our very own Kyle Pearce among others in an international project with Canada and Norway. Stick with us as they’ll also share what they learned about the power of student voice from visiting schools in Norway and how they brought that learning back to their school.
December 30, 2019
In this last episode of 2019 Kyle and Jon share their big success for the year, dive behind the scenes on the podcast, and discuss their plans and goals for 2020.
December 23, 2019
That there is the highly respected math educator Lauren Baucom. Lauren is from North Carolina and we chat with her today about her powerful and eye opening 2019 NCTM presentation “Whose Mathematics Is It anyways? (De)Tracking of Teachers & Students”
December 16, 2019
This week we chat with Sara VanDerWerf, former K-12 Math Lead with Minneapolis Public Schools who taught grades 7 through 12, the President of the Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and independent mathematics consultant. Lean in as we chat with Sara about her journey from being a fast “calculator” in her own K through 12 learning experience to focusing on making student thinking visible in the classroom.
December 9, 2019
Today we speak with Rob Baier, a math learning specialist from southern Pennsylvania who is wondering what a truly effective math learning block should look like. What you’re about to hear is another Math Mentoring Moment Episode where we speak with a math moment maker like you who is struggling with an idea and together we brainstorm a plan for improvement. Stick with us as we frame out with Rob what his 80 minute block should look like to fuel student sense making.
December 2, 2019
This week we sit down with problem creator, national presenter, and now author, Robert Kaplinsky. In this tip-filled episode we chat with Robert about how to implement problem based lessons so kids high 5 each other, how we can squeeze open middle problems into our routines and why we should, and finally we chat about Robert’s mission to provide great professional development to teachers no matter their geographical location.
November 25, 2019
Today we talk about a big concern from many teachers!! --- Assessment in math class. More specifically we speak with Steven Sevel, a teacher from Vaughan Ontario and our online Make math Moments Academy who has joined us for a math mentoring moment episode. Like many of us in the Math Moment Maker Community, Steven is continually asking questions about the best way to assess his students.
November 18, 2019
This week we talk with Jose Vilson, an educator from Harlem New York. Jose is a national speaker, an author he was named one of GOOD Inc.’s GOOD100 in 2013 of leaders changing their worlds and an Aspen Ideas Scholar in 2013. He has also spoken at TEDxNYED, Education Writers Association Annual Conference, Netroots Nation, The US Department of Education, and the Save Our Schools March.
November 11, 2019
Join Jon & Kyle in this episode while they share why they created a math PD virtual summit, how it works, and why you NEED to register. Listen in as they outline classroom struggles many teachers have and how the summit sessions will help minimize those struggles.
November 4, 2019
We have two wonderful and hilariously entertaining educators who are passionate about helping parents navigate math education. Hilary Kresiberg and Matthew Beyranevand have co authored an amazing book called Adding Parents To The Equation.
October 28, 2019
This week we chat with an eighth grade teacher in his 6th year of teaching trying to hash through resource overwhelm, assessment techniques, frameworks, and community building. In this Math Mentoring Moment episode Aseem Kelly shares with us the three levels of learning goals in math class, how to choose the best resources for your students, and how to narrow your focus so that your students can succeed.
October 21, 2019
Today we speak with our good friend and colleague David Petro. David is the Math Coordinator for the Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board in Windsor Ontario Canada, the current OAME President, and Ontario’s resident math lessons curator. David has been  actively sharing resources on his website and on twitter for years.  We chat with David about resource sharing, online learning, what his favorite activities are, and how you can get started with them!
October 14, 2019
Today on this Math Mentoring Episode we speak with Laura Tomas from Palm Beach county in Florida. Laura ‘s been teaching for 27 years and she’s an instructional coach for her school. Laura chats with us today about how we can spark the love of learning in our fellow teachers and colleagues.
October 7, 2019
Today we bring back one of our very first guests: James Tanton back on the show! We love talking to James because he is so passionate about the discipline of mathematics and he has some exciting, timely news to share! We chatted with James way back in episode #6 where we discussed his math background, his memorable math moment and his passionate views on mathematics.
September 30, 2019
Today we speak with the recovering traditionalist Christina Tondevold. Christina previously taught mathematics traditionally much like we did and Now she gets to work with teachers in developing students’ mathematical understandings in ways that are not limited by the traditional ways of doing and teaching mathematics through her site where you can get PD in Your PJs.
September 23, 2019
Today we speak with the author of The Missing Voices in Edtech: Bringing Diversity into Edtech. Rafranz Davis. Rafranz is an instructional technologist and national speaker that uses her voice to challenge those in education communities on topics of edtech, equity, and diversity in education.
September 16, 2019
This week Michael Rubin from our Math Mentoring Moment Episode #40 is back to continue the conversation from proceeding vs. pivoting to organizing his course content. Yes, this episode packs in a great conversation about Spiralling your math standards WITHOUT spiralling out of control. If you haven’t yet listened to episode #40, be sure to STOP - and GO LISTEN NOW! If you already HAVE listened, then let’s pick up the conversation where we left off.
September 9, 2019
In this episode we speak to Chrissy Newell, a math projects coordinator from California who has been leading the #MathGals movement. We chat with Chrissy about how we can raise awareness to underrepresented women in the field of mathematics and also what we can do to empower girls in math class so they can thrive while they have a sense of belonging.  Stick around while Chrissy shares three action items for you to implement in your classroom!
September 2, 2019
This week we speak with Michael Rubin, a Math Moment Maker who has been diving into a TON of Math Professional Learning over the past year as he gears up to make a return to the math classroom. Join in on the conversation as Michael shares his recent successes learning from the many math educators sharing online, our weekly tasks/tips/tools weekly email, as well as some epiphanies he’s had since taking our Online Workshop recently.
August 26, 2019
We are excited to bring you this episode with Alice Aspinall, author of the children’s book Everyone Can learn Math. Alice is a high school math teacher here in the Windsor Ontario area. We chat with Alice about how her book is helping families change the way they talk about math at home.
August 19, 2019
In this Math Mentoring Moment episode we speak with a year 1 (first grade) teacher Sierra Classen in her second year of teaching from Melbourne, Australia. Listen in as we work through this common struggle we have all faced - either currently or in the past - related to students hyper focusing on answer getting over process.
August 12, 2019
This week we speak with an Aussie John Rowe. John is a Math Coach from Adelaide Australia he’s put together a great resource for you on tasks for the math class and he’s also a Demsos wizard! Listen in as John shares his 5-day professional development plan for teachers, why he thinks Twitter is one of the most useful professional development sources we can have, and how to use his Hook, Line & Sinker framework in your classroom.
August 5, 2019
Summer vacation is soon coming to a close. If you’re like us, you've been thinking about that first day for that last week or so. You’ve prepared activities, organized classrooms, laminated everything you can get our hands on, and scrounged the internet for the best deal on dry-erase markers. School is back in and we want to dedicate this episode to the first day of class.
July 29, 2019
This week we speak with John Hattie, a co-author of the Visible Learning Book series which has been a foundation for effective teaching practice and change for so many districts across the world.
July 22, 2019
This week we chat with Sarah Bush, an Associate Professor of K-12 STEM Education University of Central, she’s on the Board of Directors for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and she’s co-authored the book Step Into STEAM. We sat down with sarah to get the inside scoop on what steam is, how it looks in real classrooms, why we should be considering this approach and how we can get started.
July 15, 2019
Listen in as we take a deep dive to unpack ALL 5 Practices AND you’ll hear from Peg Smith about the other TWO practices that she often references, Why the 5 Practices are your roadmap to implementing high level tasks, How you can use assessing questions and advancing questions, and How to get STARTED with the 5 practices.
July 8, 2019
We speak with Skip Fennell about all things formative assessment. He shares with you 5 formative assessment strategies that will ensure you’re making math moments that matter!  Join us as we dive into a great discussion with a contagiously passionate math educator at heart, Skip Fennell.
July 1, 2019
We chat with John SanGIovanni - a Math Supervisor from Baltimore and Author of the book series Daily Routines To Jump-Start Math Class. In this episode John shares why your traditional warm up / bell ringer activities need to change, how to build number sense at any grade level and save time doing it, why traditional homework take-up doesn’t work, how to avoid creating math sheep! And you’ll walk away with 5 Specific Routine Activities to jump start your day.
June 24, 2019
We welcome Gabrielle Mejia and Jedidiah Butler as we take a deep dive into the Most Effective PD You’re Not Doing: Lesson Study. Listen in as Gabrielle and Jed share what Lesson Study means to them, why they think it is worthwhile to do AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE, and they debunk some common myths and challenges one might encounter as you look to build this highly impactful professional learning structure into your department, school, or district.
June 17, 2019
We’ll dive into a great conversation about shifting mathematics teaching from what many of us remember from our K-12 learning journey to a more progressive, inquiry approach to teaching mathematics conceptually. In particular, we’ll discuss with Jennifer Chang-Wathall how to be brave in your classroom to make necessary changes to promote student understanding.
June 10, 2019
In this episode we speak with another Math Moment Maker who reached out to us for a Math Mentoring Moment Episode. Nathan Vaillancourt, a jack of all trades teacher talks to us today about how he can change the way he assess his students.
June 3, 2019
In this episode, we’ll dive into a great conversation about Andrew Stadel’s math teaching journey, where he came up with the idea to create the math class favourite resource, and how we can maximize the use of this resource to build number sense in our students and promote mathematical discourse in our classrooms everyday.
May 27, 2019
In this episode you’ll get to spend some time with Jon and I as we share the story of a recent school walk-through that we participated in recently while attending a conference. The story leads into a common math teaching myth about how we prepare our students for the next grade level.
May 20, 2019
In this math mentoring moment you’ll meet Carol Edlin, a travel bug who entered teaching with a business degree, slowly but surely began teaching math courses. What is she to do when your background is not mathematics and you’re trying to make math moments that matter for all of your students? Stick around while Carol shows some vulnerability when discussing her lessons flops and we’ll whittle away and reveal her real struggle. Show Notes:
May 13, 2019
On episode 24, we welcome the Queen of Context for Learning Mathematics, Cathy Fosnot! We are so excited for our Math Moment Maker Community to dig into this great episode with a Champion of Fuelling Sense Making in Math Class as she will share her mathematics journey - including some discriminatory barriers that she had to overcome along the way.
May 6, 2019
In this Math Mentoring Moment episode, you’ll meet Bill Zbozny Del Percio, a Grade 3 teacher from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who always felt drawn to teaching, but feels like he’s struggling to squeeze as much mathematical thinking out of each task as possible. Having built familiarity and confidence in sparking curiosity through 3 Act Math Tasks that leverage the natural curiosity of his students, Bill is seeking support from the Math Moment Maker Community.
April 29, 2019
In this Jon & Kyle only episode we’ll introduce math classroom challenges that we’ve heard from educators we’ve talked to in person, educators that have emailed us, and also Math Moment Makers who filled out filled out some of of our surveys and how we can work toward fixing those challenges.  Resources: The Making Math Moments Academy
April 22, 2019
In this Math Moment Interview, we talk with Dr. Peter Liljedahl, Professor of mathematics education at Simon Fraser University who has been researching ways to get students to become resilient problem solvers through ideas such as using vertical non-permanent surfaces, visible random groupings, selecting tasks with evolving complexity, and much more...He calls his work The Thinking Classroom. Show notes:
April 15, 2019
We speak with Lisa Geggie, a teacher of 24 years and self proclaimed perfectionist. and a brave, caring human being. Lisa, like many of us, spends countless hours of after school time, weekends, and evenings planning her lessons and activities for her students benefit. She wants to desperately know how to help her students and GET HER LIFE BACK! Listen in as we help her realize she has the tools herself to address this big issue. Show Notes:
April 8, 2019
One of the biggest challenges WE teachers have right now is helping kids not give up when problem solving in math class. It troubles us when students are working on problems that are slightly different from classroom examples and they either SHUT DOWN, or quickly raise their hands and say, “I don’t know what to do!” In this episode we share the audio recording of a webinar we ran in January 2019 to help address those exact issues. Show Notes:
April 1, 2019
We chat with Dr. Raj Shah from Math Plus Academy about how how to harness the elements of video games that make them so addictive and how we can apply them to our math classes. We chat about how to build a culture of discussion, creativity and problem solving in our classrooms, and we also chat about how to use the power of mystery to engage our students.
March 25, 2019
On today’s show, we’re bringing on Matt Makuch from Victoria, British Columbia to share his mathematics professional learning journey thus far. Matt shares some of the influencers who inspired him initially to begin thinking differently about teaching his math class including Marcy Cook, Kim Sutton, and Sherry Perrish. He also shares how he took the plunge to take his professional learning to the next level when he joined our Making Math Moments That Matter Online Workshop.
March 18, 2019
Join us while we chat with the great Marian Small. For us, Marian has been a rock and a foundation for how we’ve changed our teaching practice! She’s an author, math education influencer, and Open question guru! In this discussion we talk with Marian about the origin story of open questions, how open questions compare to open middle problems, and how being more intentional with big ideas versus specific skills is more beneficial for student learning.
March 11, 2019
Conference season is just around the corner for us at the time of this recording. We attend various conferences throughout the year and a big question that we always have is, “Is this going to be worth it?” In episode 15 we want to give you 5 TIPS on how to get the most out of the conferences you attend and also what can you do if you can’t attend a conference this year. Show Notes:
March 4, 2019
We’re bringing on the author of Pi of Life and his soon to be released book, Math Recess, an international keynote speaker and a part of the BuzzMath team. We talk about the simplicity of mathematics, how learning mathematics should be more like the preparation of a fantastic meal rather than just serving up the final finished dish, and finally, Sunil gives us some suggestions for how we can teach effectively. Show notes:
February 25, 2019
In episode 13 you’ll listen to Sam Brotherton, a teacher from St. Louis Missouri. Sam’s been teaching for 5 years and we chat with him on this Math Mentoring Moment episode of the Making Math Moments that Matter Podcast about struggling with the idea of where assessments fit in his routines. Show Notes:
February 18, 2019
In episode 12 Jon & Kyle address questions like: how to create a collaborative approach to teaching math AND cover curriculum standards? How to build resilient problem solver?  How do I decide to adjust my unit plans when not all students have made connections during my lesson? They walk you through what planning looks like before a lesson, during a lesson, and after a lesson to ensure we cover our curriculum while making math moments that matter. Show Notes:
February 11, 2019
Play is the engine of learning, that’s the mission of Dan Finkel and his team at Over the next 60 minutes, we’ll dive into Dan’s story about how he fell in love with math and in particular, teaching with games in the math classroom, he’ll give us some background behind his extremely popular TED Talk on the 5 principles of extraordinary math teaching and he’ll give us 3 things he looks for when selecting games for use in the math classroom.
February 4, 2019
Our conversation begins with Jo sharing some of her memorable moments from math class followed by a rich discussion about the importance of thinking deeply to communicate mathematical understanding, ideas for differentiation in the math classroom, teaching through task, and much more! Show notes:
January 28, 2019
In Episode 9 of the Making Math Moments That Matter Podcast we have another Mentoring Moment episode coming your way with Kirsten Dyck, a grade 7/8/9 math teacher in rural Saskatchewan. Kirsten is working though how to bring out effective learning goals in all the great lesson ideas she’s already using. Listen in as we welcome Kirsten to the podcast and we all put our minds together to  work through this very common challenge we all experience across the grades.
January 21, 2019
In this episode we talk to Katrien Vance who is a veteran teacher that set a total different approach to give her students a sense of direction and help them stay focused. We outline why she did it, how she did it, and how it all worked out for the students.
January 14, 2019
In episode 7, Kyle Pearce and Jon Orr talk with Making Math Moments That Matter online workshop participant, Sarah-Jane Wells about realizing her personal privilege has affected her teaching habits, how she’s been working on Sparking curiosity consistently to get kids engaged and keep them on task… and a BIG can of worms was opened when the conversation moved into assessment, evaluation and the role of descriptive feedback.
January 7, 2019
This week we interview the great James Tanton. Author, curriculum writer, speaker, creator of Exploding Dots and spreader of joyous mathematics! We bet that you’ll find yourself smiling as you listen to James’ enthusiasm for joyous mathematics. You’ll Learn: Why Education at all levels K-12 is intellectually rich, profound, deep, wonderful, and equally important; how to make math joyous, wonderful, and human; and much more! Show Notes:
December 31, 2018
In our first Mentoring Moments episode we chat with Nicole Martin, a 3rd/4th grade math teacher in Las Vegas Nevada. Nicole was struggling with how to structure her math lessons in a way that is engaging yet meaningful when she has so many great resources she’s found online.
December 24, 2018
In this episode, Kyle Pearce and Jon Orr share 3 moves to ignite TEACHER action in the classroom so you can spark curiosity and fuel sense making in your students. We outline how we’ve used these moves in our classrooms to make significant learning gains with our students and give you valuable tips on so you can incorporate these moves regularly classroom.
December 15, 2018
Join Kyle Pearce from and Jon Orr from as they take a dive into the Making Math Moments That Matter 3-Part Framework! In episode 3, they unpack 4 “Go-To” Tools for Fuelling Sense Making in math class.
December 15, 2018
Join Kyle Pearce from and Jon Orr from as they take a dive into the Making Math Moments That Matter 3-Part Framework! In episode 2, they dive into the first part: Sparking Curiosity and highlight one of their favourite curiosity sparking strategies called the Curiosity Path.
December 15, 2018
Wondering how to create a classroom culture where students don't want to stop exploring mathematics when the bell rings? Join Kyle Pearce from and Jon Orr from as they team up for EPISODE #1 to uncover how we can Make Math Moments That Matter for every student in the math classroom from Kindergarten through Grade 12.
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