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Make Math Moments Academy Forums Mini-Course Reflections Spiralling Math Class Lesson 4 – 1: Michael’s Most Memorable Moment & Successes – Discussion

  • Lesson 4 – 1: Michael’s Most Memorable Moment & Successes – Discussion

    Posted by Jon on December 9, 2019 at 6:19 am

    What was your big take away from this particular lesson?

    What is something you are still wondering?

    Share your thinking below.

    Kyle Pearce replied 1 year, 6 months ago 12 Members · 13 Replies
  • 13 Replies
  • Kyle Pearce

    December 10, 2019 at 5:31 am

    @MichaelRubin is MMM Academy Famous!

    Thanks for the conversation, it was super rich… so much so that @jon and I couldn’t not wait to share it with the community!

  • Michael Rubin

    December 10, 2019 at 5:31 am

    Ha, didn’t see that this had been added! Just gave me a bit of an adrenaline rush =).

    Thank you for having me on. I don’t think I’ll ever feel “ready” for August 12th and my first day of students, but I’m a lot closer than where I was!

    • Jon

      December 10, 2019 at 5:32 am


  • Katrien Vance

    December 10, 2019 at 5:32 am

    This is great! Thanks @michaelrubin for making this process available to all of us.

  • Joanna Brown

    December 28, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    It is awesome when you find what will motivate an unmotivated student.  I’m still wondering about how I am going to spiral my math curriculum for the second semester.

  • Michelle Browne

    March 24, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    Well…I’m going to watch the Ted Talk! Thanks!

  • Victoria Murphy

    March 25, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    I need to rewatch the TedTalk!

  • Kristi Hill

    March 27, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    I want to rewatch the TedTalk as well. We have to remember when things are impactful, we cannot just ride the wave because it peters out. We have to swim back out again and catch another one. Sometimes we have to refresh ourselves of what impacts us.

  • Barb Fleming

    April 7, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    Same thought as others on the TED Talk.

    I really connected with Michael when he said he wasn’t good at math at first and like him I think that struggle early on has helped me in my teaching since it did not come easy to me, so I can relate to students who take longer or need a different way to learn math concepts.

    I want to learn more about how spiraling can maybe help struggling students fill in some of their gaps in learning.

  • Lisa Hudson

    June 14, 2020 at 12:13 am

    What an amazing story from Michael about his journey and where it has led him. We all have our own journeys with ups and downs. Like Michael I was taught using traditional methods (although I don’t remember going over homework, but I am sure I did at times) and that was the only way I knew how to present math for my students when I began teaching in 1981. I have had a gradual progression with a big shift in 2005 when I began using peer tutoring in my classes. I will also re-watch the TedTalk. I am very excited to begin spiralling my classes this fall.

  • Andy Neels

    October 7, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    Agree with many of the statements made, especially the comments on trying to create your own videos and that that is just not sustainable long term.

  • Nancy Peters

    September 6, 2021 at 6:49 am

    My take away was his one student that wanted to keep working on a problem. It is funny that all it takes is one student that really connects to a lesson that keeps us going.

    • Kyle Pearce

      September 6, 2021 at 8:00 am

      And… we never know who we might be influencing without knowing it!