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The Math Learning Center Blog

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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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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...
Mike Wallus, Vice President for Educator Support
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...
Mike Wallus, Vice President for Educator Support
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...
Mike Wallus, Vice President for Educator Support
Meet Jennifer Givens What grade do you teach? (Or what is your title or role?) I am the Title 1 resource teacher and support grades K–2 in math and ELA. I plan with teachers, and co-teach and conduct small group interventions. What school, district, or institution do you work for? Location? I work for Baltimore County Public Schools at Halethorpe Elementary School. Who inspired you to become an...
Amberlee Cooper, Content Marketing Manager
ROUNDING UP: SEASON 2 | EPISODE 9 What are the habits of mind that educators can adopt to be more responsive to our students' thinking? And how can we turn these habits of mind into practical steps that we can take on a regular basis? Dr. Kim Morrow-Leong has some thoughts on this topic. Today, Kim joins the podcast, and we'll talk with her about three mental shifts that can profoundly impact...
Mike Wallus, Vice President for Educator Support
ROUNDING UP: SEASON 2 | EPISODE 8 There’s something magical about getting lost in a great story. Whether you’re reading a book, watching a movie or listening to a friend, stories impart meaning and capture our imagination. Dr. John Staley thinks a lot about stories. On this episode of Rounding Up, we’ll talk with John about the ways he thinks that the concept of story can impact our approach to...
Mike Wallus, Vice President for Educator Support
Meet Sandra Morassutti What grade do you teach? (Or what is your title or role?) I currently teach grade 2/3 French immersion. What school, district, or institution do you work for? Location? I teach with the Toronto Catholic District School Board which is located in Toronto, Canada. Who inspired you to become an educator? My mom! She always knew I worked well with children and encouraged me to...
Amberlee Cooper, Content Marketing Manager
ROUNDING UP: SEASON 2 | EPISODE 7 For quite a few adults, fractions were a stumbling block in their education that caused many to lose their footing and begin to doubt their ability to make sense of math. But this doesn’t have to be the case for our students! Today on the podcast, we’re talking with Dr. Susan Empson about big ideas in fractions and how we can make them more meaningful for our...
Mike Wallus, Vice President for Educator Support
Meet Ivette Carnota-Costa What grade do you teach? (Or what is your title or role?) I am a 2nd-grade bilingual teacher. What school, district, or institution do you work for? Location? I teach in Plainfield Elementary School, District 62, Des Plaines, Illinois. Who inspired you to become an educator? I was inspired by my elementary teacher (the same teacher from 1st to 3rd grade). I still remember...
Amberlee Cooper, Content Marketing Manager