Math Before Breakfast

35 EpisodesProduced by Tracy Proffitt, Ruth Erquiaga

Three mornings a week, we meet before breakfast for an early-morning run. We spend most of our time planning and reflecting on what's happening in our classrooms. This has become our favorite professional development, so we figured, why not share these moments with you. Tracy is a 4th grade math and… read more

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Ep 34: Math Recess

July 14th, 2019


In this episode we discuss Math Recess, a book by Sunil Singh and Dr. Christopher Brownell.

Ep 33: Everyone Can Learn Math

July 6th, 2019


In this episode, we discuss three math-related children's books: Everyone Can Learn Math, …

Ep 31: Today Years Old

June 24th, 2019

In this episode, we talk about Making Number Talks Matter, a great book by Ruth Parker and …

Ep 30: Math Fact Fluency

June 18th, 2019


In this episode, three educators for Ruth's school join us to chat about Math Fact Fluency …

Ep 29: Cutting the Cheese

June 9th, 2019


In this episode, we discuss fraction & decimal equivalence, as well as lessons from the …

Ep 28: Blew Out My Flip Flop

June 4th, 2019


In this episode, we discuss modeling integer operations, ratios with Cuisenaire rods, and talking math with your kids.

Finish strong, but start stronger

Van de …

Ep 27: Chocolate Pie Delicious

May 26th, 2019


In this episode, we discuss multiplying integers, area, circles, and angles in a triangle.

Ep 26: Taste the Ratios

May 19th, 2019


In this episode we discuss introducing ratios, as well as some of our other favorite podcasts and an algebra readiness resource.

David Petro's Math Podcast List

Ep 25: Three is a Magic Number

May 12th, 2019


Tying up loose ends at the end of the year...for us that means fraction division, volume, …

Ep 24: Nineteen Ninety-Seven

April 21st, 2019


In this episode, we talk about choral counting, counting collections, and the start of a …

Ep 23: No Spoilers, Please!

April 18th, 2019

Math Before Breakfast Giveaway Math Before Breakfast Giveaway …

Ep 22: Make A Train

April 13th, 2019


In this episode, we discuss an upcoming training for teachers about …

Ep 21: Suck it Up!

April 7th, 2019


More fractions! In this episode, we discuss three worthwhile fraction tasks with sandwiches, ribbon, and eggs, as well as choral counting.

Brownie …

Ep 20: Bing!

March 31st, 2019


In this episode we talk with Mary Marshall, high school math teacher about her teaching journey, a grant-funded project, Desmos, and more.

Mary …

Ep 19: That's a Lot of F-Words

March 24th, 2019

Fractions are fun for some and fear-inducing for others. In this episode we share how we are beginning our study of fractions.

Pi Day at Blaze Pizza

Ep 18: February Funk

March 17th, 2019


In this episode, we address effective and ineffective classroom management strategies. Spoiler alert: It all boils down to relationships.

Responsive Classroom

Origami Stars Tutorial

"Is a classmate interfering with your …

What's Your Takeaway - Live From VCTM

March 9th, 2019


In this episode, three guests join us to share takeaways from Day 1 of VCTM and give a preview of the sessions they are leading on Day 2.

Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Math Before Breakfast on Twitter

April …

Ep 17: Patty Paper

March 3rd, 2019


In this episode we reflect on I Love Math Day and discuss beginning tasks for prime & composite and angles.

I Love Math Day - Episode 13


I …

Ep 16: My John d'Entremont Moment

February 24th, 2019


In this episode we talk about Hands on Equations, our favorite resources when starting a new unit, student proposed conjectures, and math as a story.

Hands on Equations Website

Episode 10 - More Hands on Equations

Hands on …

Ep 15: My Rounding Rules are the Shiz!

February 18th, 2019


Third grade teacher, Hannah Crews, joins us and we chat about division, fractions, and supporting colleagues' growth.

Becoming the Math Teacher You …

Ep 14: Forty-Eighty-Sixteen

February 9th, 2019


In this episode, we share some of our favorite technology tools we use to enhance math instruction.

SAMR Model in 120 Seconds

Dr. Ruben Puentedura

Ep 13: I Love Math Day

February 2nd, 2019


In this episode we share ideas & resources for a special event celebrating math in your class, grade level, or entire school.

Gary Lawrence's Blog

Ep 12: It Wasn't Tweetable

January 27th, 2019

In this episode we discuss introducing exponents, comparing decimals, and beginning decimal computation.

3 Act Task - Penny a Day

One Grain of Rice

Ep 11: Is it Dice or Die?

January 24th, 2019

We share some of our favorite math games that can be easily adapted for different levels.

Divisibility Rules

Which One Doesn't Belong

Broken Calculator

Ep 10: That's a Lot of Grapes

January 7th, 2019


To celebrate our tenth episode, we invited special guest, Van Hoffman, to talk about his experience teaching fifth and sixth grade math for the first time.

Van Hoffman


Order of Operations Task - Also check out

Ep 9: That Eye-roll was Fierce!

December 31st, 2018

In this episode we explore modeling equivalencies between fractions, decimals, and percents on a grid. We also talk about our evolving opinions of …

Ep 8: Living on Caffeine and Drive-Thru

December 25th, 2018

In this episode we tackle questions from three teachers, as well as introducing decimal place value.

Which One Doesn't Belong

Notice & Wonder

Sara …

Ep 6: Broken Calculators and the Power of Yet

December 8th, 2018

In this episode we discuss favorite math tasks and routines we've tried recently in our classrooms.

Broken Calculator

Four Fours Challenge


Ep 5: What We've Changed

November 20th, 2018


In this episode we talk about changes we've made to our daily warm up procedure and share free resources you can use tomorrow.

Open Middle Monday

Solve …

Ep 4: All Things Multiplication

November 10th, 2018

In this episode we trace the development of multiplication skills from second grade to sixth grade, including skip counting, models, algorithms, and …

Ep 3: Management Vs. Looking for the Math

November 4th, 2018


In this episode we reflect on a Lesson Study project about the order of operations, decimal multiplication, and the importance of listening for …

Ep 2: My Mom Took All the Snickers

October 27th, 2018


This episode addresses big ideas in division, finding the mean when there's a remainder, and numberless word problems.

Partitive & Quotitive Division

Bacon Division Stories

What to Do With Remainders

Student Work For …

Ep 0: Math Before Breakfast Trailer

October 12th, 2018


Welcome to Math Before Breakfast. We share how we met, a little bit of our teaching background, and the purpose of this podcast.

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