Chalk & Talk

Chalk & Talk

Everyone wants to see children and young adults succeed in math, but it can be difficult to sort myths from facts in education. Join math professor, Anna Stokke, for conversations with leading educators about the importance of math, effective teaching methods, and debunking common myths about math and teaching. Chalk and Talk is a podcast for anyone interested in education, including educators, parents and students.


June 1, 2023 52 mins

In this episode math professor, Anna Stokke, interviews Lucy Crehan, who is a teacher and an author.  In her book, Cleverlands, she presents her first-hand observations of the education systems in different countries.

They discuss teacher qualifications in Finland and Singapore, teacher professional development in Japan and math lessons in Shanghai. They cover some commonaliti...

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Join Anna Stokke as she interviews Dr. Barbara Oakley, an engineering professor whose work focusses on the relationship between neuroscience and social behaviour.  She is an expert on learning tough subjects and has written several books for teachers and students that detail science-based techniques for learning. 

They cover learning techniques such as chunking and deliberate ...

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In this episode, Anna Stokke is joined by two experienced teachers, Barry Garelick and JR Wilson. They have recently published a book called Traditional Math: an effective strategy that teachers feel guilty using. Throughout the interview, Barry and JR share strategies and practical advice that they have used in their own classrooms with great success.

They cover topics that w...

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Join math professor, Anna Stokke, in conversation with Matt Henderson, an assistant superintendent of a school division in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. They discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on education, challenges with online teaching, and the pervasive use of cell phones and social media. They also discuss the implications of AI, particularly ChatGPT, on education.  The conversation then turns to math teaching, as Mat...

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In this episode, math professor Anna Stokke sits down with Dr. Greg Ashman, an Australian teacher, writer and researcher with a wealth of knowledge on cognitive load theory.  Dr. Ashman shares his journey into education writing and research, including some of the challenges he has faced along the way.  He shares some pitfalls of education research studies and discusses what happened when he tried to trac...

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Join math professor Anna Stokke as she interviews Dr. Amanda VanDerHeyden, a leading expert in using evidence-based methods to improve math instruction in schools.  Dr. VanDerHeyden is a co-founder of The Science of Math, a group of experts advocating for evidence-based math instruction. 

Dr. VanDerHeyden shares the origins and goals of the Science of Math movement, as well as...

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Join math professor, Anna Stokke, in conversation with Dr. Paul Kirschner, a renowned  educational psychology researcher and speaker.  This episode will be of interest to anyone involved in teaching, whether they work with children or adults, or simply have an interest in education.

Dr. Kirschner explains how we process information in our brains, and how this can be applied to improve teaching practices....

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In this episode, math professor Anna Stokke sits down with mathematician and best-selling author John Mighton to discuss his passion for teaching math and his founding of JUMP Math, a charity dedicated to helping children achieve their full potential in mathematics.

Mighton shares his insights on the persistent myth that some people are not wired to be good at math and how this false belief has held back...

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