Author Archives: Chris Brownell

Episode 61 | Eric Crantz – Math Coach

Chris is joined in the studio by Eric Crantz who is a Math Coach for the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools. They discuss his role as a coach, the teachers he supports, and his connection to AIMS. Eric has, as part of his assignment, 20% load dedicated to working with the researchers here at the Center. While he does not read everything as closely as those who work here daily, his knowledge of how children come to know is extensive. His most vital role with us here though is keeping us connected to the teaching community and reminding us about the subtle differences required in helping adult learners, teachers, to change their practices to fit their new knowledge.

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Episode 59 | Math Coach? What’s that?

Chris is joined via Skype by three highly successful and well supported “Teachers on Special Assignment (TOSA).” They chat about how these three women entered into this role, and what their days/lives are like. The passion for good teaching, and the joy of working together as a team are evident in their conversational tone and… Continue Reading

The Global Math Project and More

October through December is one of the busiest of segments of my year. This year, I began the month of October at a Global Math Project Symposium which took place in New York City. I will end this period of travel at the California STEAM Symposium in San Francisco on December 11. In between those,… Continue Reading

It’s Here! (Or will be soon)

During the week of October 10th, the efforts of a grassroots organization will come to fruition. Two years of planning, networking, prototyping, seeking support, world traveling, app building, blogging, tweeting, and oh so many other 21st century participles, will culminate in the first-ever Global Math Project. AIMS is both proud and happy to support this… Continue Reading

Episode 55 | Dr. Richard Thiessen on Constructivism’s Beginnings

Dr. Thiessen joins Chris in the studio they talk more about the Biological underpinnings of the theory. Both Jean Piaget, and Humberto Maturana come at the ideas within Constructivism after earning doctoral degrees in biology. We talk about some connections to neuro and cognitive sciences, finally ending with some allusions to an evocative object Richard… Continue Reading