In this episode, Courtney Coppinger and Kalisha Hoffman, who both teach first grade in Indianapolis, Indiana join me as they share highlights of creating a culture of mathematics in their classrooms. We talk about how they start their school years off believing every child in the classroom is a mathematician and the importance of allowing for flexibility in the teaching and learning in their classrooms.

The math in this episode is ways to set up your classroom to make math tools available at all times, documenting student work and thinking in math notebooks, the power of talking about the math in your classroom, creating tasks with multiple entry points, and much more. The other things are the intentionality of the language we use, the power of positioning yourself as a learner, making the child’s voice the most important voice in the classroom, and the fact that if you’re never totally sure of the perfect way to do something, that is just fine.

Ok Go! I Won’t Let You Down video referenced