loader from loading.io

What You Need to Know About Teaching Math Problem Solving with Brittany Hege

Not So Wimpy Teacher Podcast

Release Date: 10/19/2020

Connecting with Students Online with Jennifer Serravallo show art Connecting with Students Online with Jennifer Serravallo

Not So Wimpy Teacher Podcast

Welcome back to the Not So Wimpy Teacher podcast!   I have a really special treat for you today. If you are teaching students online, whether it’s virtual or hybrid, this is the episode for you.   Today’s guest, Jennifer Serravallo, is a literacy consultant and speaker and has three New York Times best selling books! Her latest book is called “Connecting with Students Online: Strategies for Remote Teaching and Learning.”   I asked Jen to join me today to talk through the idea of connecting with students online.    We’re covering everything from how to form...

info_outline
A Simple Problem-Solving Strategy That Works Every Time show art A Simple Problem-Solving Strategy That Works Every Time

Not So Wimpy Teacher Podcast

Welcome back to the Not So Wimpy Teacher podcast!   Word problems... Yuck! They can be such a struggle.    Today, we are going to be chatting about math word problems and I am going to give you a fantastic strategy to use with your students.  This strategy will become a routine in your classroom that I think will help your students resolve more problems with any operation.    I used this routine in my classroom and it made a huge difference and that’s exactly why I want to share it with you too!    Episode 93 Takeaways:    + Don’t use...

info_outline
Giving Students Feedback About Their Writing show art Giving Students Feedback About Their Writing

Not So Wimpy Teacher Podcast

Welcome back to the Not So Wimpy Teacher podcast!   Today we are talking all about how to give students feedback about their writing.    You know how much I love to talk about writing, but did you know that when I was a new teacher, I actually dreaded teaching writing? I just didn't know how to help my students be better writers. No one taught me that in college.   My lessons were too broad, and I really struggled to give good feedback to my writers that would help them grow and make changes.    Do you also struggle with this? If you do, you’re not alone! ...

info_outline
Virtual and Socially Distant Valentine's Day Activities for the Classroom show art Virtual and Socially Distant Valentine's Day Activities for the Classroom

Not So Wimpy Teacher Podcast

Welcome back to the Not So Wimpy Teacher podcast!   Are you excited for Valentine’s Day this year?    If you told me a year ago that I'd be doing a Valentine's episode about socially distant Valentine's Day activities, I probably would have laughed at you. Now it is totally normal though and something we have to talk about!   Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Whether you’re teaching online or in-person this year, it’s going to look a little different. Just because we're socially distant, doesn't mean we can't share the love.   If you need some ideas...

info_outline
How to Use Project-Based Learning in the Classroom show art How to Use Project-Based Learning in the Classroom

Not So Wimpy Teacher Podcast

Welcome back to the Not So Wimpy Teacher podcast!   Are you looking for a new way to keep your students engaged and motivated?    Today we’re going to be talking about how to use project-based learning in the classroom.    I fell in love with project-based learning when I first started teaching. As a student, I would always ask my teachers these questions: “when would I use this, and why do I need to know it?”   Does this sound familiar?    I know those questions can be super annoying sometimes, but as a learner, I really did need to understand the...

info_outline
A Fun and Free Inauguration Day Resource show art A Fun and Free Inauguration Day Resource

Not So Wimpy Teacher Podcast

Welcome back to the Not So Wimpy Teacher podcast!   You asked for an Inauguration Day resource, so I’m delivering.    Today on the podcast, I am walking you through a resource for you to use with your second, third, fourth, or fifth graders on Inauguration Day.   Talking about anything political can seem uncomfortable, but when it comes to the inauguration, you don't have to be political. This is a historical event!   The idea behind teaching isn't to tell students what to believe but rather give them the tools and the opportunities to decide what they believe on...

info_outline
Starting Writing Fresh at the Beginning of the Year show art Starting Writing Fresh at the Beginning of the Year

Not So Wimpy Teacher Podcast

Welcome back to the Not So Wimpy Teacher podcast!   Do your students forget everything over winter break? I think that’s pretty normal for all of us.    You’re likely going to need to review classroom routines and procedures with them anyway, so there is no better time to refresh your writing instruction with them as well.   I want to chat about starting your writing instruction fresh in the New Year. A fresh start is exactly what I want this year. Does that sound good to you too?   Don’t worry about what happened before break because we’re leaving that in the...

info_outline
Improving the Quality of Student Work in Centers show art Improving the Quality of Student Work in Centers

Not So Wimpy Teacher Podcast

Welcome back to the Not So Wimpy Teacher podcast!   Do you think of centers as time-wasters?    Today we’re talking about centers and why I’ve loved them ever since my first year of teaching.    I love an activity that stretches my students’ learning, but they also think it is fun, and centers do that for me. I’m going to teach you how to improve the quality of student work in your centers so that you don’t have to worry about them wasting precious classroom time.    By the end of this episode, you’ll know when and how to use centers effectively...

info_outline
How to Use Writing Prompts (and a Year of Free Prompts) show art How to Use Writing Prompts (and a Year of Free Prompts)

Not So Wimpy Teacher Podcast

Welcome back to the Not So Wimpy Teacher podcast!   I have a special gift for you today.    I have 60 free writing prompts for you in two different formats. A printable PDF or Google slides that you can use in the classroom.    Now, I know what you’re thinking.   “Jamie, you HATE writing prompts!”   It’s true. I’ve spent years teaching you why I don’t use prompts in my writing workshops. However, I recognize that there is a time and place for them, especially in a year like this.    I also want to help you understand when and how to use...

info_outline
5 Ways to Spend Less Time At School show art 5 Ways to Spend Less Time At School

Not So Wimpy Teacher Podcast

Welcome back to the Not So Wimpy Teacher podcast!   Are you a teacher who spends a little too much time at school or even a little too much time working at home? Then this is the episode for you.   I want to challenge the idea that the only way that you can be a good teacher is if you work really long hours, and that only the teachers who work really long hours are doing a great job.    News flash: your value is not tied to the number of hours you work. Your value is what you do with those hours.   I’m going to share a little of my own story as well as some...

info_outline
 
More Episodes

Welcome back to the Not So Wimpy Teacher podcast!

 

Is teaching math kind of a struggle sometimes? 

 

I have just the girl for you. 

 

Today we are joined by Brittany Hege from Mix and Math. Brittany has a Master’s in Elementary Mathematics Education and she is incredibly passionate about teaching students math, as well as inspiring other math teachers to be more confident in the classroom. 

 

In this episode she is sharing her best tips for helping students with their word problems. 

 

She knows how difficult it can be to get your students to slow down, read the problem, and make a good plan to work through the process. It’s a struggle in classrooms everywhere.

 

That's why on today's show, we are going to figure it out together. 

 

Episode 79 Takeaways: 

 

+ There are ways that you can help students to love math. 

+ Add meaning to your numbers as early as possible.

+ You can use problem frames to add meaning to numbers. 

+ Use numberless word problems to ask what action is happening. 

+ Problem solving isn’t a linear process.

+ Isolate the problem solving process into steps. 

+ Give students time to understand the problem. 

+ Praise students for the process, even when the answer is wrong.

 

Brittany believes that anyone can be a math person if they just find the part of math that lights them up. 

 

I learned so much chatting with Brittany today and I feel super inspired, so I hope you do too. 

 

I’d love to know what other ideas you come up with, so head over to our Instagram @notsowimpyteacher to share those with me! 

 

Resources Mentioned: 

Follow @mixandmath on Instagram 

Brittany 's Problem Solving Freebie

 

Want more Not So Wimpy Teacher tips and tricks? Find tons of resources on our website at www.notsowimpyteacher.com and follow me on Instagram @notsowimpyteacher where I share daily!