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Danielle Robinson and Dr. Melissa Hedges, The Promise of Counting Collections

ROUNDING UP: SEASON 2 | EPISODE 18 Earlier this season, we released an episode focused on the complex and interconnected set of concepts that students engage with when they learn to count. In this follow-up episode, we’re going to examine a powerful routine called counting collections. We’ll be talking with Danielle Robinson and Dr. Melissa Hedges from Milwaukee Public Schools about counting...
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Dr. Robyn Pinilla, Making Sense of Spatial Reasoning

ROUNDING UP: SEASON 2 | EPISODE 18 Spatial reasoning can be a nebulous concept that is hard for many educators to define. In this episode, we’re talking about spatial reasoning with Dr. Robyn Pinilla from the University of Texas El Paso. We’ll examine the connections between spatial reasoning and other mathematical concepts and explore different ways that educators can cultivate this type of...
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Drs. Amber Candela and Melissa Boston, Strengthening Tasks Through Student Talk

ROUNDING UP: SEASON 2 | EPISODE 16 In this episode, we are talking with Drs. Amber Candela and Melissa Boston about powerful but practical strategies for supporting student talk in the elementary math classroom. More Episodes RESOURCES Discourse Actions to Promote Student Access Making Sense of Mathematics for Teaching to Inform Instructional Quality 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive...
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Drs. Aina Appova and Julia Hagge, Making Sense of Word Problems

ROUNDING UP: SEASON 2 | EPISODE 15 Contextualized story problems are an important tool that educators use to bring mathematics to life for their students. That said, navigating the meaning and language found in story problems is a challenge for many students. Today we’re talking with Aina Appova and Julia Hagge from The Ohio State University about strategies to help students engage with and make...
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Erin Turner, PhD, Mathematizing & Modeling The World Around Us

ROUNDING UP: SEASON 2 | EPISODE 14 Many resources for supporting multilingual learners are included with curriculum materials. What's too often missing, though, is clear guidance for how to use them. In this episode, we're going to talk with Dr. Erin Turner about three resources that are often recommended for supporting multilingual learners. We'll unpack the purpose for each resource and offer a...
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Amanda Jansen, PhD, Rough Draft Math: Revising to Learn

ROUNDING UP: SEASON 2 | EPISODE 13 What would happen if teachers consistently invited students to think of their ideas in math class as a rough draft? What impact might this have on students' participation, their learning experience, and their math identity? Those are the questions we'll explore today with Dr. Mandy Jansen, the author of “Rough Draft Math,” on this episode of Rounding Up. More...
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Educator Spotlight: Molly Smith

Meet Molly Smith What grade do you teach? Or what is your title or role? I teach first grade. I am also the math curriculum leader and one of the ST Math champions for my school. What school, district, or institution do you work for? Where is it located? I work for Mendon-Upton Regional School District at Memorial School. My school is in Upton, Massachusetts. Who inspired you to become an educator...
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Kim Hartweg, Counting

ROUNDING UP: SEASON 2 | EPISODE 12 Counting is a process that involves a complex and interconnected set of concepts and skills. This means that for most children, the path to counting proficiency is not linear. Today we are talking with Dr. Kim Hartweg from Western Illinois University about the big ideas and skills that are a part of counting and ways educators can support their students on this...
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Tatyana Kleyn, EdD, Translanguaging

ROUNDING UP: SEASON 2 | EPISODE 11 Over the past two years, we’ve done several episodes on supporting multilingual learners in math classrooms. In this episode, we’re going back to the topic of support for multilingual learners to talk about translanguaging, an asset-focused approach that invites students to bring their full language repertoire into the classroom. We’ll talk about what...
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Eric Sisofo, EdD, The Big Place Value Episode

ROUNDING UP: SEASON 2 | EPISODE 10 If you ask an educator to share some of the most important ideas in elementary mathematics, most would include place value on that list. But what does it mean to understand place value, really? And what types of language, practices, and tools support students as they build their understanding? On this week’s podcast, we discuss these questions and more with Dr...
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