ZPC Podcast

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

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