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Episode 16: How Do We Create Thinking Classrooms? - An Interview with Peter Liljedahl

Updated: Jul 30, 2021







Desiree Harrison 0:00

In Episode 15 of the Kids Math Talk podcast, we began a discussion about the impact of labeling and ability grouping in mathematics, which are two unproductive practices that actually hinder growth and can destroy positive mathematical identities. Today, we continue this discussion by talking with researcher and author Peter Liljedahl about his new book - Building Thinking Classrooms (2020) - which focuses on unpacking practices that promote growth, community, engagement, and positive mathematical identities in order to promote student centered classrooms.


Desiree Harrison 1:07

Today on the Kids Math Talk Podcast, we have with us Peter Liljedahl talking about his new book, Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics Grades K-12: 14 Teaching Practices for Enhancing Learning (2020). So, welcome to the podcast Peter.


Headshot of Dr. Peter Liljedahl
Dr. Peter Liljedahl

Peter Liljedahl 1:26

Thank you so much Desiree, it's wonderful to be here, thanks for having me.


Desiree Harrison 1:31

Of course. Part of the title of your book is the 14 Teaching Practices which might sound to some of our listeners, as, as a lot, but, the way that this book has been organized makes it so manageable, and so like you have those digestible chunks and each chapter evolves and you don't have to read the book in its entirety to start to see the big picture, which I so appreciate. And you have the, the FAQs at the end of every chapter because it is a mindset shift for a lot of educators and I really appreciate how you acknowledge that and you help continue to motivate us throughout the book, and um, acknowledge our concerns to say, you know, "just hold on, it's coming, just wait, trust this process, and try out this one practice and then come back." Cuz it's not that you have to do everything all at once and thank you for naming that claiming that because it's not always done in every text and educators need to hear that and need to read that and-