Season 6, Episode 10

Supercharge math fluency through problem-solving

Tune in to Episode 10 of Math Teacher Lounge with math teaching and learning specialist and friend of the podcast, Fawn Nguyen. Listen as Nguyen dives into the unique and powerful relationship between math fluency and problem-solving, and learn about how problem-solving activities can be leveraged to engage all students and fuel math fluency development.

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Meet our guest(s):

Fawn Nguyen

Fawn Nguyen began her work with Amplify in 2022 as a Math Teaching & Learning Specialist. She was a math coach for a K-8 school district for three years, and a middle school teacher for 30 years before that. Nguyen has also received a number of accolades as an educator.

Meet our hosts: Bethany Lockhart Johnson and Dan Meyer

Bethany Lockhart Johnson is an elementary school educator and author. Prior to serving as a multiple-subject teacher, she taught theater and dance, and now loves incorporating movement and creative play into her classroom. Bethany is committed to helping students find joy in discovering their identities as mathematicians. In addition to her role as a full-time classroom teacher, Bethany is a Student Achievement Partners California Core Advocate and is active in national and local mathematics organizations. Bethany is a member of the Illustrative Mathematics Elementary Curriculum Steering Committee and serves as a consultant, creating materials to support families during distance learning.

Dan Meyer taught high school math to students who didn’t like high school math. He has advocated for better math instruction on CNN, Good Morning America, Everyday With Rachel Ray, and He earned his doctorate from Stanford University in math education and is currently the Dean of Research at Desmos, where he explores the future of math, technology, and learning. Dan has worked with teachers internationally and in all 50 United States and was named one of Tech & Learning’s 30 Leaders of the Future.


"So, I think math fluency is quite similar to language fluency. It's doing mathematics with a flow. Not fast—I didn't say fast, but flow. It's having confidence in knowing efficient and accurate ways to compute. It's being flexible in one's thinking and applying strategies." —Fawn Nguyen