Rounding Up

Rounding Up

Welcome to Rounding Up, the professional learning podcast brought to you by The Math Learning Center. Two things have always been true in education: Ongoing professional learning is essential, and teachers are extremely busy people. Rounding Up is a podcast designed to provide meaningful, bite-sized professional learning for busy educators and instructional leaders. I'm Mike Wallus, vice president for educator support at The Math Learning Center and host of the show. In each episode, we'll explore topics important to teachers, instructional leaders, and anyone interested in elementary mathematics education. Topics such as posing purposeful questions, effectively recording student thinking, cultivating students' math identity, and designing asset-based instruction from multilingual learners. Don't miss out! Subscribe now wherever you get your podcasts. Each episode will also be published on the Bridges Educator Site. We hope you'll give Rounding Up a try, and that the ideas we discuss have a positive impact on your teaching and your students' learning.

Episodes

April 4, 2024 32 mins

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Season 2 | Episode 15 – Making Sense of Story Problems

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Schema-Mediated Vocabulary in Math Word Problems

Guest: Drs. Aina Appova and Julia Hagge

Mike Wallus: 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 ch...

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Season 2 | Episode 14 – Three Resources to Support Multilingual Learners

Guest: Dr. Erin Turner

Mike Wallus: 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 ofte...

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Season 2 | Episode 13 – Rough Draft Math

Guest: Dr. Amanda Jansen

Mike Wallus: 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 Jan...

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February 22, 2024 19 mins

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Season 2 | Episode 12 – Counting

Guest: Dr. Kim Hartweg

Mike Wallus: 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 a linear process. Today we're talking with Dr. Kim Hartweg from Western Illinois University about the big ideas and skills that ...

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Season 2 | Episode 11 – Translanguaging

Guest: Tatyana Kleyn

Mike Wallus: Over the past two years, we've done several episodes on supporting multilingual learners in math classrooms. Today we're going back to this topic to talk about “translanguaging,” an asset-focused approach that invites students to bring their full language repertoire into the classroom. We'l...

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Season 2 | Episode 10 – Place Value

Guest: Dr. Eric Sisofo

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Season 2 | Episode 9 – Instructional & Assessment Practices

Guest: Dr. Kim Morrow-Leong

Mike Wallus: 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, Ki...

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Season 2 | Episode 8 – It's a Story, Not a Checklist!

Guest: Dr. John Staley

Mike Wallus: 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 they capture our imagination. Dr. John Staley thinks a lot about stories. On this episode of Rounding Up, we'll talk with...

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Season 2 | Episode 7 – Making Sense of Fractions

Guest: Dr. Susan Empson

Mike Wallus: 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 Em...

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Season 2 | Episode 6 – Multiplicative Thinking

Guest: Dr. Anderson Norton

 

Mike Wallus: One of the most important shifts in students' thinking during their elementary years is also one of the least talked about. I'm talking about the shift from additive to multiplicative thinking. If you're not sure what I'm talking about, I suspect you're not alone. Today we ta...

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November 9, 2023 17 mins

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Season 2 | Episode 5 – Horizontal Enrichment

Guest: Tisha Jones

Mike Wallus: At their best, programs with titles such as “gifted and talented” seek to provide enrichment to a subset of learners. That said, these initiatives sometimes have unintended consequences, sending messages about which students are, or are not, capable doers of mathematics. What if there wa...

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Season 2 | Episode 3 – Student Engagement

Guest: Dr. Meghan Shaughnessy

Mike Wallus: When we say students are engaged in a discussion or a task, what do we really mean? There are observable behaviors that we often code as engaged, but those are just the things that we can see or hear. What does engagement really mean, particula...

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September 21, 2023 31 mins

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Season 2 | Episode 2 – Empathy Interviews

Guest: Dr. Kara Imm

Mike Wallus: If there were a list of social skills we hope to foster in children, empathy is likely close to the top. Empathy matters. It helps us understand how others are feeling so we can respond appropriately, and it can help teachers understand the way their stu...

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Season 2 | Episode 1 – Practical Ways to Build Strengths-based Math Classrooms

Guest: Beth Kobett

Mike Wallus: What if it were possible to capture all of the words teachers said or thought about students and put them in word clouds that hovered over each student throughout the day? What impact might the words in the clouds have on students’ learning experience? T...

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Season 1 | Episode 20 – Work Places

Guest: Lori Bluemel

Mike Wallus: When I meet someone new at a gathering and tell them that I work in math education, one of the most common responses I hear is, “I was never good at math in school.” When I probe a bit further, this belief often originated in the person's experience memorizing basic facts. How can we build stude...

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Season 1 | Episode 19 – Building a Broader Definition of Participation

Guest: Juanita Silva

Mike Wallus: Participation is an important part of learning to make sense of mathematics. But stop and ask yourself, “What counts as participation?” In this episode, we'll talk with Dr. Juanita Silva from Texas State University about an expanded definition of participation...

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Season 1 | Episode 18 – Why Progressions Matter

Guest: Graham Fletcher

Mike Wallus: Many educators were first introduced to the content that they teach as a series of items on a checklist. What impact might that way of thinking have on a teacher's approach to instruction? And what if there were another way to understand the mathematics that our students are learn...

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Season 1 | Episode 17 – Asset-Based Approach to Assessment

Guest: Tisha Jones

Mike Wallus: When you look at the results of your students work, what types of things are you attending to? Many of us were trained to look for the ways that students were not understanding concepts or ideas. But what if we flipped that practice on its head and focused on the things stu...

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Season 1 | Episode 16 – Math Talk in Kindergarten & Beyond 

Guest: Dr. Hala Ghousseini 

Mike Wallus: Kindergarten is a joyful, exciting, and challenging grade level to teach. It's also a time when  educators can develop a set of productive norms and routines around discourse that can have long lasting effects on students. On today...

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