In this episode, I talk with Mary Auger, a middle school math teacher at Hamilton Southeastern Intermediate Junior High. Mary has been teaching for 30ish years and you’ll hear how she has spent her entire career positioning herself as a constant learner. Mary always loved math, but she realized early on that just because the way she was taught worked for her doesn’t mean it will work for all of her students. Because of this very point, Mary has been learning how to get better and better as a teacher each year. Her love of learning is seriously inspirational.

The math in this episode is understanding the importance between actually understanding the math vs. regurgitating procedures, attending to precision, and holding kids accountable for the learning, not just procedures.

The other things in this episode wondering if grades are a true motivator, the importance of lifting up kids’ math identities, back to school night engagement, finding an accountability partner to help you learn how to get better at your craft and so much more!

Resources Referenced in this episode:

First, don’t forget to follow Mary – @MrsAugerMath and, of course, don’t forget to follow @mathandothers!

Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics, Grades K-12: 14 Teaching Practices for Enhancing Learning

Teaching Numeracy: 9 Critical Habits to Ignite Mathematical Thinking