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Learning to Love Math

Learning to Love Math

By Brittany Roberts
Teaching math is hard; it's even harder when you hate math. Join Brittany from the TeachersPayTeachers store, "Math With Minis," each Monday. Each episode is jam-packed with teaching tips, mental math tricks, and pep talks for teaching math. If you're an upper elementary teacher who's secretly Googling 'how to teach math,' or, 'how to make math fun,' I GET IT. I've been there. And I'm here to help.
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Episode 46 | Quiet Quitting: Why I Hate This Gaslighting Term

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Episode 47 | Why Inclusion Matters, and How We Can Be More Inclusive - Interview With Melinda Arnost, @empoweringinclusiontoolbox
Inclusion. Community. Diversity. Equity. Equal opportunity. Differentiation. Socio-emotional learning. After a while, it's easy to get a little sick of the buzzwords as an educator. And what's worse, is that schools will often start these initiatives with no idea of HOW they want teachers to do all of this. In actuality? I don't think they even know what they mean, or HOW to truly be inclusive in the classroom. This is what I talk through with Melinda Arnost who's the author of the book Empowering Inclusion. She's so patient, approachable and helpful when it comes to these topics. Go snag her book! REAL QUICK!! If you're looking to get your formative assessments ready for the year, join me in the Formative Fix!! I have a special discount for listeners of the show (at the link above, or here): https://mathwithminis.vipmembervault.com/products/courses/view/1136895/?action=signup&coupon=podcast LINKS TO LOVE Buy her book: Empowering Inclusion Connect with Melinda on Instagram Connect with me on Instagram Join our free Facebook Group for Teachers Doing Differentiated Math
34:43
September 05, 2022
Episode 46 | Quiet Quitting: Why I Hate This Gaslighting Term
REAL QUICK!! If you're looking to get your formative assessments ready for the year, join me in the Formative Fix!! I have a special discount for listeners of the show (at the link above, or here): https://mathwithminis.vipmembervault.com/products/courses/view/1136895/?action=signup&coupon=podcast It's getting a little ranty here on Wednesdays! Every Wednesday, I'm dropping a mini-rant for you all. Think of it as the fun part of getting together with other teachers, without any of the stress or drama lol I can't wait to hear what ya'll think of this one!! Connect with my on Instagram once you give it a listen. LINKS TO LOVE Grab my Math Fact Fluency Tracker, Goal Setting Sheets and Multiplication Chart Mini Bundle: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Fact-Fluency-Tracker-and-Multiplication-Chart-for-Times-Table-Practice-7487312?utm_source=LTLM%20Podcast&utm_campaign=Ep%2043%20LTLM Snag a FREE mini-lesson and resource set dealing with equivalent fractions: https://brittanyverlenich.lpages.co/equivalent-fractions-worksheet-examples-video/ Connect with me on Instagram @mathwithminis Join our free Facebook Group for Teachers Doing Differentiated Math https://www.facebook.com/groups/mathwithminis Episode analytics
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August 31, 2022
Episode 45 | How to Get Students Attention WITHOUT Yelling
REAL QUICK!! If you're looking to get your formative assessments ready for the year, join me in the Formative Fix!! I have a special discount for listeners of the show (at the link above, or here): https://mathwithminis.vipmembervault.com/products/courses/view/1136895/?action=signup&coupon=podcast In this upcoming series, I'm sharing allll of my secrets. I'm walking you through EXACTLY how I keep all of the students engaged, 95% of the time (because we all know 100% is unrealistic!!). And it all starts with getting students' attention. But, how can we make our students pay attention without yelling at them? That's exactly what I'm sharing in this episode. LINKS TO LOVE Grab my Math Fact Fluency Tracker, Goal Setting Sheets and Multiplication Chart Mini Bundle: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Fact-Fluency-Tracker-and-Multiplication-Chart-for-Times-Table-Practice-7487312?utm_source=LTLM%20Podcast&utm_campaign=Ep%2043%20LTLM Snag a FREE mini-lesson and resource set dealing with equivalent fractions: https://brittanyverlenich.lpages.co/equivalent-fractions-worksheet-examples-video/ Connect with me on Instagram @mathwithminis Join our free Facebook Group for Teachers Doing Differentiated Math https://www.facebook.com/groups/mathwithminis
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August 30, 2022
Episode 44 | 3 Easy Steps to Authentic Student Engagement, with Lorraine Padilla from Apple Blossom Teachers @appleblossomteachers
Have you ever wished that your students would just be more engaged with their learning? I get it. I've been there, too. But, what does engagement mean, anyway? And how can you be sure that you're getting true engagement, and not just compliance? This is what I talk through with Lorraine Padilla from Apple Blossom Teachers (this is a store follow link on TeachersPayTeachers, by the way). You're going to LOVE what she does with field trips, guest speakers, and authentic audiences for her students' projects! REAL QUICK!! If you're looking to get your formative assessments ready for the year, join me in the Formative Fix!! I have a special discount for listeners of the show (at the link above, or here): https://mathwithminis.vipmembervault.com/products/courses/view/1136895/?action=signup&coupon=podcast LINKS TO LOVE Get access to her free training Follow Lorraine's store on TeachersPayTeachers Connect with Lorraine on Instagram Connect with me on Instagram Join our free Facebook Group for Teachers Doing Differentiated Math
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August 30, 2022
Episode 43 | Why You Should Be Curriculum Mapping with Melissa Martinez from That One Cheerful Classroom @thatonecheerfulclassroom
REAL QUICK!! If you're looking to get your formative assessments ready for the year, join me in the Formative Fix!! I have a special discount for listeners of the show (at the link above, or here): https://mathwithminis.vipmembervault.com/products/courses/view/1136895/?action=signup&coupon=podcast Have you ever done curriculum mapping with other teachers? If so, then you know just how powerful it can be in helping you plan, and helping your students learn according to the standards. This is definitely a pre-requisite for lesson planning, and a topic that is SO RELEVANT at the beginning of the school year! If you've never heard of curriculum mapping, you'll get sooo much from this conversation with Melissa Martinez from That One Cheerful Classroom (this is a store follow link on TeachersPayTeachers, by the way). Ready to learn more about curriculum mapping? Check out the links and resources below! LINKS TO LOVE Grab Melissa's Cheerful Curriculum Mapping course here Get your All-Access Pass to the 2022 Cheerful Math Education Conference Follow Melissa's store on TeachersPayTeachers Connect Melissa on Instagram Connect with me on Instagram Join our free Facebook Group for Teachers Doing Differentiated Math
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August 23, 2022
Episode 42 | How We REALLY Feel About Common Core Standards - Plus Tips for Teaching Financial Literacy, with Kelly Hogan from Mathematically Enthused
When I originally brought Kelly Hogan from Mathematically Enthused (TPT store follow link) onto the show, I wanted her to share tips on how to create the epic and elaborate escape rooms with Google Sites, And while we DID cover that, we covered SO MUCH MORE. We shared how we really feel about the common core standards (spoiler alert: they're sorely lacking), and we shared our soapboxes about financial literacy and real-world learning. Kelly shared practical tips for upper elementary teachers who want to bring more S.T.E.A.M. (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math) into their math instructional block. Wanna catch our sessions, plus SO MANY OTHER good ones? Grab the Summit Power Back before it goes away (through August 17th LINKS TO LOVE Learn more from Kelly on her website Follow Kelly's store on TeachersPayTeachers Connect with Kelly on Instagram Connect with me on Instagram Join our free Facebook Group for Teachers Doing Differentiated Math
44:21
August 15, 2022
Day Five Recap of the 2022 Design Your Digital Classroom Summit
In today's episode, I'm reviewing the sessions that are available today - the LAST day of the 2022 Design Your Digital Classroom Summit - Friday, August 12th, 2022. Click here to get the free Google Jamboard templates if you haven't grabbed them yet! Buy my session on creating Tiny Test Adventures With Google Forms here in my TeachersPayTeachers store Click here to buy the Summit Power Pack for instant and lifetime access to all of the sessions If you haven't registered for the 2022 Design Your Digital Classroom Summit yet, it's totally free! Claim your free spot here. There's a catch, though!! Each day's sessions are ONLY AVAILABLE FOR 24 HOURS. So if you hear about something interesting in today's episode, go watch it now before it expires!! If you want more time with the content (plus literally THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS worth of goodies!!), check out the Summit Power Pack. When you get access to the Summit Power Pack, you get: Unlimited access to all event recordings, and they never expire The ability to watch any and all of the sessions on your OWN time All of the bonuses contributed by each speaker (memberships, trainings, workshops, bundles, TONS of stuff!!) This also includes my Reach, Rigor and Relationships With Games training, if you missed the Math Teacher Collaborative earlier this summer! Click here for FREE, temporary access to the sessions from the Design Your Digital Classroom Summit - August 8th-12th.
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August 12, 2022
Day Four Recap of the 2022 Design Your Digital Classroom Summit
In today's episode, I'm reviewing the sessions that are available today - Thursday, August 11th, 2022. Click here to get the free Google Jamboard templates I mentioned yesterday! Check out Stefanie's Google Slides templates from Working Dog Resources Buy my session on creating Tiny Test Adventures With Google Forms here in my TeachersPayTeachers store If you haven't registered for the 2022 Design Your Digital Classroom Summit yet, it's totally free! Claim your free spot here. There's a catch, though!! Each day's sessions are ONLY AVAILABLE FOR 24 HOURS. So if you hear about something interesting in today's episode, go watch it now before it expires!! If you want more time with the content (plus literally THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS worth of goodies!!), check out the Summit Power Pack. When you get access to the Summit Power Pack, you get: Unlimited access to all event recordings, and they never expire The ability to watch any and all of the sessions on your OWN time All of the bonuses contributed by each speaker (memberships, trainings, workshops, bundles, TONS of stuff!!) This also includes my Reach, Rigor and Relationships With Games training, if you missed the Math Teacher Collaborative earlier this summer! Click here to buy the Summit Power Pack. Click here for FREE, temporary access to the sessions from the Design Your Digital Classroom Summit - August 8th-12th.
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August 11, 2022
Day Three Recap of the 2022 Design Your Digital Classroom Summit
In today's episode, I'm reviewing the sessions that are available today - Wednesday, August 10th, 2022. Click here to get the free Google Jamboard templates I mentioned in today's episode! If you haven't registered for the 2022 Design Your Digital Classroom Summit yet, it's totally free! Claim your free spot here. There's a catch, though!! Each day's sessions are ONLY AVAILABLE FOR 24 HOURS. So if you hear about something interesting in today's episode, go watch it now before it expires!! If you want more time with the content (plus literally THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS worth of goodies!!), check out the Summit Power Pack. When you get access to the Summit Power Pack, you get: Unlimited access to all event recordings, and they never expire The ability to watch any and all of the sessions on your OWN time All of the bonuses contributed by each speaker (memberships, trainings, workshops, bundles, TONS of stuff!!) This also includes my Reach, Rigor and Relationships With Games training, if you missed the Math Teacher Collaborative earlier this summer! Click here to buy the Summit Power Pack. Click here for FREE, temporary access to the sessions from the Design Your Digital Classroom Summit - August 8th-12th.
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August 10, 2022
Day Two Recap of the 2022 Design Your Digital Classroom Summit
In today's episode, I'm reviewing the sessions that are available today - Tuesday, August 9th, 2022. If you haven't registered for the 2022 Design Your Digital Classroom Summit yet, it's totally free! Claim your free spot here. There's a catch, though!! Each day's sessions are ONLY AVAILABLE FOR 24 HOURS. So if you hear about something interesting in today's episode, go watch it now before it expires!! If you want more time with the content (plus literally THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS worth of goodies!!), check out the Summit Power Pack. When you get access to the Summit Power Pack, you get: Unlimited access to all event recordings, and they never expire The ability to watch any and all of the sessions on your OWN time All of the bonuses contributed by each speaker (memberships, trainings, workshops, bundles, TONS of stuff!!) This also includes my Reach, Rigor and Relationships With Games training, if you missed the Math Teacher Collaborative earlier this summer! Click here to buy the Summit Power Pack. Click here for FREE, temporary access to the sessions from the Design Your Digital Classroom Summit - August 8th-12th.
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August 10, 2022
Day One Recap of the 2022 Design Your Digital Classroom Summit
In today's episode, I'm reviewing the sessions that are available today - Monday, August 8th, 2022. If you haven't registered for the 2022 Design Your Digital Classroom Summit yet, it's totally free!  Claim your free spot here. There's a catch, though!! Each day's sessions are ONLY AVAILABLE FOR 24 HOURS.  So if you hear about something interesting in today's episode, go watch it now before it expires!! If you want more time with the content (plus literally THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS worth of goodies!!), check out the Summit Power Pack. When you get access to the Summit Power Pack, you get: Unlimited access to all event recordings, and they never expire The ability to watch any and all of the sessions on your OWN time All of the bonuses contributed by each speaker (memberships, trainings, workshops, bundles, TONS of stuff!!) This also includes my Reach, Rigor and Relationships With Games training, if you missed the Math Teacher Collaborative earlier this summer! Click here to buy the Summit Power Pack. Click here for FREE, temporary access to the sessions from the Design Your Digital Classroom Summit - August 8th-12th.
11:27
August 08, 2022
How to Get 100+ Resources at 35 Cents Each [LISTEN BEFORE 08/01]
Get (almost) my whole store, plus a TON of other sellers' math resources, for just $35!!  It's the best deal you'll see for math resources all year. 100% sure of that. And, you get access to them all year - so when you need something seasonal? Just log back in and grab what you already bought. 2022 Ultimate Math Bundles - 100+ Resources at 35 Cents Each!! [Affiliate Link] FREE Back to School and Beginning of the Year Checklist 2022 Cheerful Math Education Conference (CMEC), All-Access Pass [Affiliate Link] How to Form Relationships With Students With Formative Assessments [CMEC Session from TpT Store] How to Use Games to Increase Rigor and Build Relationships With STudents [Math Teacher Collaborative Session from TpT Store] Mona's Honest Math Chat Podcast Digital Classroom Summit Registration, taking place August 8th-12th, 2022 Digital Classroom Summit Power Pack (BONUS RESOURCES!!)[Affiliate Link]
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July 30, 2022
Episode 36 | What Should I Sell on TeachersPayTeachers?
If you've stumbled across this episode, then you're probably thinking about selling on TeachersPayTeachers. Or, maybe you already sell on TeachersPayTeachers, but you're still feeling confused about your niche. I feel you!! It can be so much. That's why, in this episode, I'm really diving into the practice of picking the perfect niche for your TpT business. In this episode, I share a really simple, practical framework that will help you discover your nano niche as a TpT Seller. If you'd like, you can even use this blog post as your template to do the same exercise! And if you're ready to join us in the Mini Marketing Mastermind this summer? We'd love to have you! Join for $77 through May 31st with the coupon code 'MAY2022.' After that, the price goes up to $97.
24:56
May 14, 2022
Episode 35 | How to Get Started With Real World Math Projects
If you don't already know about real world math projects, you'll definitely want to jump right into project based learning after this episode! You might even know a bit about PBL already, and maybe even a bit about real world math problems. But real world math projects combine all of that together. In this episode, Lauren Schwartz from Motivated in Math really dives into why you'll want to start, and how you can get started. BECOME A MATH MAVEN! Get support while supporting the show for just $4.99 monthly FREE RESOURCES! Grab Lauren's real world math project lesson planning template here Plan ahead with this free Back to School Checklist for teachers
22:48
May 09, 2022
Episode 34 | Is It Worth It Selling on TeachersPayTeachers? (And Other Frequently Asked Questions)
In this episode, I'm answering some of the most frequently asked questions by teachers wanting to sell on TeachersPayTeachers. Some of these questions include: Is it worth it selling on TeachersPayTeachers in 2022? Isn't the market on TpT too saturated? Are veteran, higher-earning sellers collaborative or competitive with new sellers? Is it hard to get started? How much does it cost to sell on TeachersPayTeachers? And if you've just started, how to sell more on TeachersPayTeachers Of course, there's only so much that can be answered in 20-minute podcast episode!! If you're ready to start or grow your business with us, join us in the Mini Marketing Mastermind this summer.
18:24
May 05, 2022
Episode 33 | What Are The Common Core Math Practices?
If you have not heard Jamie Rhinesmith from Making Mini Mathematicians before, you are in for a TREAT, friend!! Her passion for math just oozes through her mic. I can't wait for you to hear her take on the Common Core 8 mathematical practices, and why they're absolutely essential for us to teach as educators of young mathematicians. You'll also learn strategies for bringing number talks and cognitively guided instruction into your classroom. If you want to catch her full talk on this, along with a ton of other math resources and content, get an All-Access Pass to the recordings from the 2022 Be a Math Person Conference for just $67. Let's connect on social media! Follow Brittany from Math With Minis on Instagram  Join our free community on Facebook  Get free resources from the Math Teaching Mastermind group
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May 02, 2022
Episode 32 | How Much Does the Average Seller Make on TeachersPayTeachers?
If you don't already love math now, you'll at least like it once you see all of the possibilities when it comes to money. In this episode, I'm sharing: Why teachers struggle to talk about how much they make Money mindset issues that many teachers have Why all of these keeps teachers overworked and underpaid How much money teachers are making by selling on TeachersPayTeachers Send me a DM to get your link to the TpT Seller income graph. I'd love to hear what you got out of this episode! Let's chat about it over on Instagram. And if you KNOW that a store on TeachersPayTeachrs is something you want to build? Then join us in the Mini Marketing  Mastermind this summer.
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April 28, 2022
Episode 31 | Why Every Teacher Needs to Know About Math Status, With Caitie Cupples
It's heartwrenching to think that we could actually be keeping our students from learning math, but it's a reality. In this episode, Caitie shares why creating a community in the classroom is so important for instruction, and she shares a few actionable strategies to help us do so. She also introduces us to the concept of math status, and how that often plays out for kids when we're teaching math. This episode is SO GOOD, ya'll!! It's really affected how I think, talk and teach around math, and I hope it does the same for you. Need more support with math teaching? We'd love to see you join the Math Mavens. LINKS TO LOVE Grab Caitie's freebie, 101 Conversation Staters That Get Kids Talking Connect with Caitie on Instagram Connect with me on Instagram Join our free Facebook Group for Teachers Doing Differentiated Math
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April 25, 2022
Episode 30 | Why I Started Selling Math Resources on TeachersPayTeachers
Surprise bonus episode! If you've ever wondered why I started Math With Minis, how I ended up really LOVING math, and ESPECIALLY if you've ever wondered how to become a seller on TeachersPayTeachers - this episode is for you! I share a bit about my journey as a TpT Seller, and why I specifically started this brand (which is actually my THIRD store!). I'll say that, once you can actually see actions that you're taking that are helping you make more money?? It becomes a LOT easier to learn to love math! If you're ready to start or grow your business with us, join us in the Mini Marketing  Mastermind this summer.
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April 22, 2022
Episode 29 | Tips on Reducing Anxiety for Students and Teachers, With Helena Hains the Present Teacher
In this episode, I get REALLY real with Helena Hains from The Present Teacher about mental health stigma among students and teachers. She shares tips on reducing anxiety, and of course, we chatted specifically about math anxiety in students.  She also shares how she's overcome teacher burnout, and how you can do the same in case you're experiencing that.  Check out Helena's Breaking the Pattern of Burnout Challenge, happening April 24th-29th, 2022. If you happen to catch this episode after April of 2022, you can still check out The Present Teacher Podcast here. And in case you'd like to see Helena's session at the 2022 Be a Math Person Conference, you can snag it (along with 17 other presenters and a TON of free resources!!), by grabbing your All-Access Pass here. Let's connect on social media! Follow Brittany from Math With Minis on Instagram Join our free community on Facebook Get free resources from the Math Teaching Mastermind group
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April 18, 2022
Episode 28 | What are the symptoms of math anxiety?
Today, we're talking about what math anxiety looks like in students AND adults. This is a great episode to send to a student's parent, or even to a colleague who might be struggling with this. This is very timely as we head into the spring testing season - but even if you find this episode during a different time of year, we're always testing - so this topic will always be important. Read more about math anxiety here (blog post linked to other resources). If you'd like to talk more about this in a private setting, DM me on Instagram at MathWithMinis. You're also more than welcome to join our free community on Facebook; we're Teachers Doing Differentiated Math.
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April 06, 2022
Episode 27 | What is Math Anxiety? And What Can We Do About It?
In this episode, I'm sharing my story and history with math anxiety. I'm also sharing the definition of math anxiety, and why it's so important for us to be able to identify it as teachers. This is very timely as we head into the spring testing season - but even if you find this episode during a different time of year, we're always testing - so this topic will always be important. If you'd like to talk more about this, DM me on Instagram at MathWithMinis. You're also more than welcome to join our free community on Facebook; we're Teachers Doing Differentiated Math.
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March 21, 2022
Episode 26 | 3 Ways to Get Free Math Worksheets (Including Paid Resources on TeachersPayTeachers!)
If you've stumbled across this episode because you need free math worksheets FAST, check out this other episode. If you're really in a hurry, head straight to the show notes where you can get the links you need to my favorite websites. Today's Takeaways Leaving reviews on paid resources on TeachersPayTeachers can help you earn credits! You can do this from your phone (tutorial here), or on your computer (another tutorial here) Check out Kate's Math Lessons, One for the Books, and Hidesy Clipart for great templates! You can make your own resources for the classroom. Start with these free Google Jamboard templates. Join me in the Digital Resource Academy! Only open for enrollment through Monday. Support the Learning to Love Math Podcast by Becoming a Math Maven! Click here to subscribe for just $4.99 a month. Or, click here to support the podcast through Buy Me a Coffee. Join the Mini-Lesson Sub Club! The Mini Lesson Sub Club is now open to new members!! Have you ever wished you could just take a few minutes to zone out, or check your phone - or just even COLLECT yourself during math? Or, have you ever just NOT been ready for the day (I don't judge!!)? Let me teach FOR you!! Members of the Mini Lesson Sub Club get three mini lessons per grade (3rd-5th), per month. Each lesson includes 10-30 minute video lessons, accompanying interactive notes, digital activities, and printable worksheets. Every separate lesson is worth $5 in my TeachersPayTeachers store (if you'd rather buy them separately). But, trust - you're gonna wanna sign up. Because, as of when I'm writing this, THE MINI LESSON SUB CLUB IS JUST $5 A MONTH. So, for the price of ONE mini lesson from my store, you can get 9 per month ($45 worth!!). The beta price isn't going to be around forever. So if you want to get in before I raise the price, you can check it out here. Free Resources for You Click here to subscribe to my YouTube Channel! Join our free Facebook Group, Teachers Doing Differentiated Math
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February 28, 2022
Episode 25 | Here's What Happens When You Mix Math, and Art
Imagine if you opened every math lesson by having your students draw a picture. Do you think that your math instruction might be more effective and engaging if you did that? We definitely think so! In this episode, Caroline from Doodles and Digits shares ways to make math more visual for students. Thankfully, you don't have to be an artist to mix art and math in the classroom. Today's Takeaways Everyone benefits from a multi-sensory learning approach When you make math more visual, it makes more sense Word problems come alive with pictures Authentic and accurate clipart is important when making or buying visual supports Ensure math word problems are relatable and culturally relevant to students If you'd rather just get some quality visual supports instead of making your own, click here to follow Caroline from Doodles and Digits on TeachersPayTeachers! Support the Learning to Love Math Podcast by Becoming a Math Maven! Click here to subscribe for just $4.99 a month. Or, click here to support the podcast through Buy Me a Coffee. Join the Mini-Lesson Sub Club! The Mini Lesson Sub Club is now open to new members!! Have you ever wished you could just take a few minutes to zone out, or check your phone - or just even COLLECT yourself during math? Or, have you ever just NOT been ready for the day (I don't judge!!)? Let me teach FOR you!! Members of the Mini Lesson Sub Club get three mini lessons per grade (3rd-5th), per month. Each lesson includes 10-30 minute video lessons, accompanying interactive notes, digital activities, and printable worksheets. Every separate lesson is worth $5 in my TeachersPayTeachers store (if you'd rather buy them separately). But, trust - you're gonna wanna sign up. Because, as of when I'm writing this, THE MINI LESSON SUB CLUB IS JUST $5 A MONTH. So, for the price of ONE mini lesson from my store, you can get 9 per month ($45 worth!!). The beta price isn't going to be around forever. So if you want to get in before I raise the price, you can check it out here. Free Resources for You Click here to get access to Caroline's awesome free resource library Grab your FREE Google Jamboard Templates! Catch this free tutorial to learn how you can use Jamboard to differentiate math instruction And if you haven't already, join Teachers Doing Differentiated Math
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February 22, 2022
Episode 24 | Don't Just Give Your Student a Shortcut; Do This Instead
Today, we're talking all about tricks, hacks, and shortcuts. Jennifer Van Blair also shares how she uses the power of storytelling to help her students solve word problems, and how she's actually having her students write their own word problems! Today's Takeaways If you're going to use a trick, know why and how it works When students use a shortcut or tactic, ensure they understand what's happening Deep conceptual understanding, fun and engagement can all go together! Success with word problems is about problem-solving; not literacy Support the Learning to Love Math Podcast by Becoming a Math Maven! Join the Mini-Lesson Sub Club! The Mini Lesson Sub Club is now open to new members!! Have you ever wished you could just take a few minutes to zone out, or check your phone - or just even COLLECT yourself during math? Or, have you ever just NOT been ready for the day (I don't judge!!)? Let me teach FOR you!! Members of the Mini Lesson Sub Club get three mini lessons per grade (3rd-5th), per month. Each lesson includes 10-30 minute video lessons, accompanying interactive notes, digital activities, and printable worksheets. Every separate lesson is worth $5 in my TeachersPayTeachers store (if you'd rather buy them separately). But, trust - you're gonna wanna sign up. Because, as of when I'm writing this, THE MINI LESSON SUB CLUB IS JUST $5 A MONTH. So, for the price of ONE mini lesson from my store, you can get 9 per month ($45 worth!!). The beta price isn't going to be around forever. So if you want to get in before I raise the price, you can check it out here. More About Jennifer Van Blair Follow her on Instagram Follow her store on TeachersPayTeachers Free Resources for You Grab your FREE Google Jamboard Templates! Catch this free tutorial to learn how you can use Jamboard to differentiate math instruction And if you haven't already, join Teachers Doing Differentiated Math
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February 14, 2022
Episode 23 | Classroom Management and "Letting Go" of Control, With Carrie Bickford (Instructional Coach)
I can't think of a LESS appealing topic than classroom management. I mean, like, who wants to talk about that?! But, what if I told you that classroom management was a HUGE missing piece contributing to your students' learning? What if it's THE missing piece - and, all you have to do, is relinquish some control? By now, I'm sure some of you are raising your eyebrows at me, thinking, "How can I have a well-managed classroom if I'm not in control?" Well, I guess you'll just have to listen and find out!! Today's Takeaways Letting go of control helps your classroom run MORE smoothly Being a good teacher requires a ton of humility and constant self-reflection Just drop the ego (it'll be so much better and easier for you once you do!) Always remember what it was like to be a kid Always be willing to try new things and take risks with teaching We're not really just there to "deliver instruction" Involve students in the learning process; give them plenty of voice and choice Remember to look for and diagnose the cause; don't just temporarily treat the symptoms Don't take any of it personally Join the Mini-Lesson Sub Club! The Mini Lesson Sub Club is now open to new members!! Have you ever wished you could just take a few minutes to zone out, or check your phone - or just even COLLECT yourself during math? Or, have you ever just NOT been ready for the day (I don't judge!!)? Let me teach FOR you!! Members of the Mini Lesson Sub Club get three mini lessons per grade (3rd-5th), per month. Each lesson includes 10-30 minute video lessons, accompanying interactive notes, digital activities, and printable worksheets. Every separate lesson is worth $5 in my TeachersPayTeachers store (if you'd rather buy them separately). But, trust - you're gonna wanna sign up. Because, as of when I'm writing this, THE MINI LESSON SUB CLUB IS JUST $5 A MONTH. So, for the price of ONE mini lesson from my store, you can get 9 per month ($45 worth!!). The beta price isn't going to be around forever. So if you want to get in before I raise the price, you can check it out here. More About Carrie Bickford Follow her on Instagram Free Resources for You Grab your FREE Google Jamboard Templates! Catch this free tutorial to learn how you can use Jamboard to differentiate math instruction And if you haven't already, join fellow Teachers Doing Differentiated Math
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January 22, 2022
Episode 22 | Stop Saying You're Bad at Math (And Do This Instead)
Today, Marijo McBeth from STEAM With Miss M is sharing why you're not bad at math (and, why we should ALL really stop saying that). She shares her thoughts on the magical, mystical math gene that so many of us love to refer to, and she shares some practical strategies to help all of us get better at math. And then therefore, better at teaching math. Today's Takeaways There's no "math gene;" everybody can get better at math! The secret ingredients to getting better at teaching (and, anything, really) is a combo of time and practice Be OK with making mistakes Make math more fun Recognize and release those limiting beliefs! Foster a growth mindset around math for you and your students Join Us at the 2022 Be a Math Person Conference! Access to the conference is totally FREE January 7th-9th, 2022. Purchase an Annual All-Access Pass to get access to everything for a whole YEAR Caroline from Boldly Inspired Curriculum will be speaking at the conference! Sign up for free here More About Marijo Follow her on Instagram   Follow her store on TeachersPayTeachers Resources for You Grab your FREE Google Jamboard Templates! Catch this free tutorial to learn how you can use Jamboard to differentiate math instruction And if you haven't already, join our free Facebook Group! We're Teachers Doing Differentiated Math.
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January 03, 2022
Episode 21 | Build a Student-Centered Classroom by Talking Less and Listening More
Mona from the Honest Math Chat Podcast is dropping all kinds of knowledge bombs and tips in this episode! Get ready to learn how you can have every single student succeed with math in your classroom.  Everything she shares is so simple, and she includes plenty of actionable tips that you can try with your class tomorrow. In this episode of the Learning to Love Math Podcast, she shares how building a student-centered community fosters a love for math and a culture of of mathematical thinking. Today's Takeaways Talk less, listen more EVERY student can have rich math discussion and discourse It's not just about learning, but about the reflection upon one's learning (that goes for teachers AND students!!) Create a vision for your math classroom Make your environment conducive to math experiences "We are all responsible for helping everyone understand" Thinking matters more than answers Join Us at the 2022 Be a Math Person Conference! Access to the conference is totally FREE January 7th-9th, 2022.  Purchase an Annual All-Access Pass to get access to everything for a whole YEAR Caroline from Boldly Inspired Curriculum will be speaking at the conference!  Sign up for free here More About Mona Follow her on Instagram  Follow her store on TeachersPayTeachers Resources Mentioned in the Episode Math Affirmations and Classroom Community Posters Math Norms FREE Guide for Creating a Classroom Community More Resources for You Grab your FREE Google Jamboard Templates! Catch this free tutorial to learn how you can use Jamboard to differentiate math instruction And if you haven't already, join our free Facebook Group! We're Teachers Doing Differentiated Math.
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December 28, 2021
Episode 20 | Creating a Culture of Feedback Through Failure, With Caroline Gamble from Boldly Inspired Curriculum
In this episode of the Learning to Love Math Podcast, I've interviewed Caroline Gamble from Boldly Inspired Curriculum. She's an algebra teacher who's passionate about helping students persevere through problems and apply what they're learning in the real world. Today's Takeaways Sometimes, the students just aren't ready to "get it" yet It's OK to fail (whether you're the student, or the teacher!) The best learning happens when we reflect on, and learn from, our failures We really "do math" every day Sign Up for the FREE Be a Math Person Conference! Access to the conference is totally FREE January 7th-9th, 2022 Purchase an Annual All-Access Pass to get access to everything for a whole YEAR Caroline from Boldly Inspired Curriculum will be speaking at the conference! Sign up for free here Connect With Caroline Follow her on Instagram Follow her store on TeachersPayTeachers Resources Mentioned in the Episode Project Based Assessment Guide Modeling Math in the Real World Kit All of Caroline's Links Resources for You Free Math Fact Maze for your students to remember that anything times 0 is 0! Math Fact Maze Bundle (6s, 7s, 8s, and 9s) for $9 Math Fact Fluency Tracker, $3 Follow my store on TeachersPayTeachers! And if you haven't already, join our free Facebook Group for upper elementary teachers and follow me on Instagram!
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December 20, 2021
Episode 19 | Creating Authentic Learning Experiences in the Upper Elementary Math Classroom, with Lauren Daughty from Managing Middle Math
In this episode of the Learning to Love Math Podcast, I've interviewed Lauren Daughty from Managing Middle Math (follow her store on TeachersPayTeachers here!). She's passionate about creating real world, authentic learning experiences around math for middle school grade students. Even if you've only ever taught upper elementary kids in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades, you'll learn SO MUCH from her! Today's Takeaways Start small; ask a teacher down the hall for help Community partners WANT to work with us teachers! If you make the learning more fun, the students will learn more We need to enjoy teaching if we want students to enjoy learning The more "real" we can make it, the more "doable" it is for the kids! Sign Up for the FREE Be a Math Person Conference! Access to the conference is totally FREE January 7th-9th, 2022 Purchase an Annual All-Access Pass to get access to everything for a whole YEAR Caroline from Boldly Inspired Curriculum will be speaking at the conference! Sign up for free here Connect With Lauren Follow her on Instagram Follow her store on TeachersPayTeachers Resources Mentioned in the Episode Creating Authentic Experiences Guidebook Poppin' Into Math Class Design Your Own Coffee Shop Activity Classroom Management: Coffee-Themed Punch Cards Prime Factoring: Coffee-Themed Error Analysis (Multiplying Whole Numbers) Free Resources for You Free Math Fact Maze for your students to remember that anything times 0 is 0! Math Fact Maze Bundle (6s, 7s, 8s, and 9s) for $9 Math Fact Fluency Tracker, $3 Follow my store on TeachersPayTeachers! And if you haven't already, join our free Facebook Group for upper elementary teachers and follow me on Instagram!
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December 13, 2021
Episode 18 | So You Say You're Not a Math Person
Today's episode is a little bit different. Instead of sharing a math teaching strategy, I'm sharing why you're already a math person - and how you can help yourself (and your students!) believe this, too. Today's Takeaways You already ARE a math person, even if you don't feel like it yet You can get better at math if you work at it You will enjoy teaching math more once you feel like you "get it" Your students will enjoy LEARNING math more once you enjoy teaching it Resources for You Free Math Fact Maze for your students to remember that anything times 0 is 0! Math Fact Maze Bundle (6s, 7s, 8s, and 9s) for $9 Math Fact Fluency Tracker, $9 Math Fact Mastery Mega Bundle, on sale for Black Friday! And if you haven't already, join our free Facebook Group for upper elementary teachers and follow me on Instagram!
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December 06, 2021
Episode 17 | Why Your Students Need a Math Fact Fluency Tracker
In the last episode, I shared some strategies to help you build math fact fluency in your students. Definitely go back and check out Episode 16 if you haven't already! And if you're brand new to math fact fluency, check out episode 15, where I dive in to exactly what math fact fluency is, and why it's so important. In this episode, I'm sharing why I believe that every upper elementary students needs to use a math fact fluency tracker. Hint: it's about SO MUCH MORE than facts! I also share about the winning qualities of a good math fact fluency tracker, as well as where you can find one that I've made and listed in my TeachersPayTeachers store. Today's Takeaways Having students track their own data is empowering for them When students track their own math fact fluency, they learn how to set goals and make action plans Have students apply what they're learning and build conceptual understanding BEFORE you move to memorization Not all math fact fluency trackers are made equally Resources for You Free Math Fact Maze for your students to remember that anything times 0 is 0!  Math Fact Maze Bundle (6s, 7s, 8s, and 9s) for $9 Math Fact Fluency Tracker, $9 Math Fact Mastery Mega Bundle, on sale for Black Friday! And if you haven't already, join our free Facebook Group for upper elementary teachers and follow me on Instagram!
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November 29, 2021
Episode 16 | How to Build and Improve Math Fact Fluency in Students
Now that you know what math fact fluency is from Episode 15, let's dive into how we can actually instill math fact fluency in our students. In this episode, you'll learn all about my framework for math fact fluency, along with some ideas for activities and tools to use in each phase of this process. I also mention some resources I have in my store (both free and paid) that will help your students improve in their math fact fluency. And then, finally, MASTER their math facts so you can move on to other concepts! Today's Takeaways Have students apply what they're learning, before delivering direct instruction After building concrete understanding, have students model and represent problems visually Learning happens on a continuum! Memorization is the LAST step in this process, which happens along with assessment, differentiation and reteaching If you're brand new to using manipulatives with your students (which is common for the first 'Application' phase), I have a video on YouTube that walks teachers through how to use digital manipulatives with their students. That video specifically focuses on manipulatives for place value, but the same concepts apply! Mentioned Resources Free Math Fact Maze for your students to remember that anything times 0 is 0! Math Fact Maze Bundle (6s, 7s, 8s, and 9s) for $9 And if you haven't already, join our free Facebook Group for upper elementary teachers and follow me on Instagram!
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November 22, 2021
Episode 15 | What is Math Fact Fluency, Anyway?
Sure, we talk about math fact fluency all the time as teachers. But, what the heck IS math fact fluency, anyway?! In this episode, I'm sharing what math fact fluency is, the four steps to achieving math fact fluency, and why math fact fluency is so important. I'd love to hear YOUR thoughts on what math fluency is, and how it differs from math fact fluency! Join the conversation on Instagram by clicking here. Today's Takeaways: Math fact fluency is NOT the same as math fluency (though they're both really important!) Math fact fluency needs to be a priority in 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade classroom Your students CAN memorize their math facts, and actually enjoy doing it!! There are four steps to building math fact fluency, and they're probably not what you think Mentioned Resources Free Math Fact Maze for your students to remember that anything times 0 is 0! Math Fact Maze Bundle (6s, 7s, 8s, and 9s) for $9 And if you haven't already, join our free Facebook Group for upper elementary teachers and follow me on Instagram!
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November 15, 2021
Episode 14 | Best Manipulatives for Multiplication
In this episode, I'm sharing about the best manipulatives for multiplication in the classroom. I'm a HUGE fan of having students explore concepts with manipulatives before they even solve problems. This really helps them to build conceptual understanding - ESPECIALLY when they're learning a more abstract concept, like place value (check Episode 13 to learn the best ways to teach place value!). Main Takeaways from Today's Episode: Use manipulatives! This makes abstract concepts more concrete for your students.  Memorization of math facts isn't bad. Memorizing is the first step in long-term learning. Get tools that have multiple uses. This helps you save money, and it reduces classroom clutter! Use games, challenges and competitions. This makes math more fun for many kids! But if those things cause kids anxiety, don't force them. I have students who get stressed when they see timers. For these kiddos, I give them extra time to think and respond! It all comes down to knowing your students. I have a video on YouTube that walks teachers through how to use digital manipulatives with their students. Mentioned Resources Click here to download my free place value charts  Buy my Place Value Mini-Lesson & Activities for $5 (I teach it FOR YOU!)  Get my Counting Money & Place Value Resource for $3  And if you haven't already, join our free Facebook Group for upper elementary teachers and connect with me on Instagram!
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November 08, 2021
Episode 13 | Best Ways to Teach Place Value
In this episode, I'm sharing my best ways for teaching place value to 3rd grade, 4th grade and 5th grade students. I even shared some tips for using manipulatives to teach place value. Main Takeaways from Today's Episode: Use manipulatives! This makes abstract concepts more concrete for your students. Use money as a manipulative, specifically. I have a video on YouTube that walks teachers through how to do this. Practice over and over again, and in a variety of ways Mentioned Resources Click here to download my free place value charts Buy my Place Value Mini-Lesson & Activities for $5 (I teach it FOR YOU!) Get my Counting Money & Place Value Resource for $3 This article does a great job covering the homework debate, with links to scholarly articles And if you haven't already, join our free Facebook Group for upper elementary teachers and connect with me on Instagram!
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September 20, 2021
Episode 12 | Teacher Burnout is Real, and You're Not Alone
Today's episode is a little bit different. At the time I'm recording this, there's still a pandemic. But there's also an epidemic of teacher burnout and demoralization.  Your complaints are real and valid. The call for self-care shouldn't be weaponized against you. And if you are at the point where you need a break, counseling, or even a different career?  I support you. Even though you know you don't need anyone's support to live the life you want and need to live. If you haven't already, join our free Facebook Group for upper elementary teachers  Or, connect with me on Instagram!
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September 16, 2021
Episode 11 | What's Behaviorism, and Why Should Teachers Care?
In this episode, we're talking all about the behaviorism theory. We weight the benefits, drawbacks, and what behaviorism looks like in practice in the upper elementary math classroom.  Main Takeaways from Today's Episode: Behaviorism is the theory that a student's environment affects their ability to learn PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports) is a result of behaviorism in schools We need to offer an inviting environment, as well as opportunities to foster intrinsic motivation I'm looking for podcast guests! Submit your application and release form here. Mentioned Resources If you haven't already, join our free Facebook Group for upper elementary teachers   Connect with me on Instagram!  
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August 23, 2021
Epsiode 10 | What is Scaffolding, and Should Teachers Be Doing It?
On the last episode of the Learning to Love Math Podcast, I shared all about the gradual release of responsibility (more widely known as 'I Do, We Do, You Do.'). In this episode, we're talking all about scaffolding, and how 3rd-5th grade teachers can use it to help students in their upper elementary classrooms. I also share some ways I mix it up with the scaffolding model, and why it's not always best to use math vocabulary when introducing a new concept. Main Takeaways from Today's Episode: Students aren't blank slates! Help them use what they already know, to learn something new. Scaffolding and the Gradual Release of Responsibility are very similar! Our students benefit when we think aloud, and use visuals when we're teaching. I'm looking to connect with future podcast guests! Submit your application and release form here. Mentioned Resources If you haven't already, join our free Facebook Group for upper elementary teachers  Connect with me on Instagram!  Check out this blog post to learn all about scaffolding in text form! Be sure to share it with your teacher friends. :)
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August 16, 2021
Episode 09 | The Gradual Release of Responsibility (I Do, We Do, You Do)
On the last episode of the Learning to Love Math Podcast, I shared all about the 5E model for teaching and learning, and how that relates to Math Workshop. Today, we talk about a different theory for teaching and learning: the gradual release of responsibility. This theory is more widely known as 'I Do, We Do, You Do.' And in today's episode, I'm breaking down what all of that means, and how it looks in the upper elementary math block. Main Takeaways from Today's Episode: The gradual responsibility is a great way to foster independence and responsibility for one's own learning! There's a lot of flexibility in this model - you have voice and choice, too :) 'I Do, We Do, You Do' is great for new teachers, and/or for teachers who aren't keen on the Math Workshop model I'm looking to connect with future podcast guests! Submit your application and release form here. Mentioned Resources If you haven't already, join our free Facebook Group for upper elementary teachers Connect with me on Instagram! Check out this blog post about the gradual release of responsibility, and share it with a teacher friend! Links to Love Follow my store to get updates on future course and resources!
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August 09, 2021
Episode 08 | The 5E Teaching and Learning Model With Math Workshop
Episode Summary In our last episode, I shared some awesome websites that have all kinds of free worksheets for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teachers. In today's episode, we're talking all about the 5E model for teaching and learning, and how that relates to Math Workshop. I'm also reminding you of the upcoming Effectively Engaged Math Education Conference, put on by That One Cheerful Classroom. I'm so excited to present at this conference, and I feel honored to share a virtual stage with these dedicated educators. Main Takeaways from Today's Episode The 5E teaching and learning model isn't just for S.T.E.M. classrooms! There are so many ways to bring guided, inquiry-based learning into the math classroom  The upcoming Effectively Engaged Math Education Conference is July 23rd-July 26th. You can attend for free that weekend, or you can snag year-long access with an All-Access Pass for $45.  I'm looking to connect with future podcast guests! Submit your application and release form here. Mentioned Resources If you haven't already, join our free Facebook Group for upper elementary teachers  Connect with me on Instagram!  You're welcome to download my freebies and shop at my TeachersPayTeachers store Links to Love This false proof that 2+2=5 would be a great way to engage students. It's obviously not targeted toward 3rd-5th grade students, though :) This activity introducing students to economics and scarcity is a more age-appropriate example of the 'Engage' phase
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July 19, 2021
Episode 07 | Where to Find Free Math Worksheets for 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade
Episode Summary In our last episode, I shared the best apps and websites for teaching math virtually and/or during tech time, if you use technology with your math centers. In today's episode, I'm sharing all of the secret sites I've bookmarked to find free math worksheets! I also share all about the Effectively Engaged Math Education Conference, put on by That One Cheerful Classroom. I'm so excited to be presenting at this conference - because I really admire the other folks presenting alongside me (and I love that I can watch these sessions on my own time in pajamas!). Main Takeaways from Today's Episode Everyone can benefit from a free math worksheet! Fun fact: every TpT store has at least one free resource you can snag! The upcoming Effectively Engaged Math Education Conference is July 23rd-July 26th. You can attend for free that weekend, or you can snag year-long access with an All-Access Pass for $45. I'm looking to connect with future podcast guests! Submit your application and release form here. Mentioned Resources If you haven't already, join our free Facebook Group for upper elementary teachers Connect with me on Instagram! You're welcome to download my freebies and shop at my TeachersPayTeachers store
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July 12, 2021
Episode 06 | The Best Math Apps and Websites for Guided Math Groups
Today, I'm sharing all of my favorite math apps, websites, and online resources. These are great for distance learning, online teaching, hybrid instruction, or to use with your students during tech time. If you're doing Math Workshop for the first time, or if you're just new to guided math in general, you'll definitely want to check out my free guided math group planning guide. Want to check out Prodigy? I seriously love it so much. My students use it all the time, and it's absolutely free. If you sign up through my affiliated link, my students will earn a premium membership for 3 months. They'd really appreciate it. :) What's your experience with Math Workshop? Share your thoughts in our free Facebook group.
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May 24, 2021
Episode 05 | How to Start Math Workshop
In this episode of the Learning to Love Math Podcast, I'm explaining how to get started with math workshop. If you're doing Math Workshop for the first time, or if you're just new to guided math in general, you'll definitely want to check out my free guided math group planning guide. This blog post would also be helpful, as it's a pretty comprehensive guide to math workshop and guided math groups. What's your experience with Math Workshop? Share your thoughts in our free Facebook group.
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May 17, 2021
Episode 04 | What's the Difference Between Math Workshop and Guided Math?
In this episode of the Learning to Love Math Podcast, I'm explaining the difference between Math Workshop, and Guided Math. I've definitely used them interchangeably in the recent past, and I realize this may confuse some people - so I wanted to clear the air about it. If you're doing Math Workshop for the first time, or if you're just new to guided math in general, you'll definitely want to check out my free guided math group planning guide. This blog post would also be helpful, as it's a pretty comprehensive guide to math workshop and guided math groups. What's your experience with Math Workshop? Share your thoughts in our free Facebook group.
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May 10, 2021
Episode 03 | How to Encourage Math Fact Speed in Fun Ways
In this episode of the Learning to Love Math Podcast, I'm sharing why I think speed when recalling your math facts is so important. I also share some games, tips and tricks for helping your students get quicker with their facts, without making them hate it. I have some resources in my TeachersPayTeachers store for this. If you're interested in those, follow and check out my TpT store, Math With Minis. What do you think about speed of recall when it comes to math facts? Share your thoughts in our free Facebook group. Want a FREE math maze for your guided math groups or centers? You can download your freebie here.
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May 03, 2021
Episode 02 | Why Your Students Need to Memorize Their Math Facts
In this episode of the Learning to Love Math Podcast, I'm sharing why your students need to memorize their math facts. Math fact fluency is something I'm really passionate about, and you can see this from my TPT store and blog, Math With Minis.  What do you think? Is math fact memorization important? Share your thoughts in our free Facebook group. Want a FREE math maze for your guided math groups or centers? You can download your freebie here.
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April 26, 2021
Episode 01 | From Math Illiterate, to Math Interventionist
A lot has changed in two years. In this pilot episode of the Learning to Love Math Podcast, I'll share my story and my way behind the brand Math With Minis. You'll learn who I am, why I'm SO passionate about math facts, and why I'm on a mission to help upper elementary teachers who hate math.  Want a FREE math maze for your guided math groups or centers? You can download your freebie here.
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April 23, 2021