Math Teacher Lounge Podcast

Math Teacher Lounge is a biweekly podcast created specifically for K–12 math teachers. In each episode, co-hosts Bethany Lockhart Johnson (@lockhartedu) and Dan Meyer (@ddmeyer) chat with expert guests, taking a deep dive into the math and educational topics you care about.

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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. To hear more from Dan, check out his blog.

S6: Building math fluency

Tune in to Season 6 of Math Teacher Lounge! This season, we’re digging deep into math fluency—exploring what it is, looking into the research around it, and sharing practical tips for building it in math classrooms. Bethany Lockhart Johnson and Dan Meyer chat with leading experts to define what math fluency is, analyze how fluency benefits students, and explore how to engage students while continuing to build math fluency.

  • Episode 11: Season finale of Math Teacher Lounge

    Listen to the final episode of Math Teacher Lounge! We’ll walk through the past 10 episodes on math fluency and pull out the key takeaways from our amazing hosts–such as tips on defining and assessing fluency, fluency development in a bilingual setting, and the potential pitfalls of relying too heavily on so-called fake fluency.

    We’ll also talk about the future of the podcast and what’s next for us. Spanning six seasons, we’ve had the privilege of reaching thousands of educators while exploring a wide range of topics including the joy of math, math anxiety, and math fluency, featuring  Amplify’s Jason Zimba, Sesame Workshop’s Dr. Rosemarie Truglio, Reach Capital’s Jennifer Carolan, and Baltimore County Public Schools’ John W. Staley Ph.D.

    We can’t wait to continue working on a host of other exciting projects this year, including webinars, conference appearances, and the 2024 Math Symposium. Listen to the finale of the Math Teacher Lounge podcast today, and keep an eye out for more!

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  • Episode 10: Supercharge math fluency through problem-solving

  • Episode 9: Unlocking a systematic approach to math fluency instruction

  • Episode 8: Cultivating school-wide math fact fluency through collaboration

  • Episode 7: Building math fluency through games

  • Episode 6: Building math fluency through student strengths

  • Episode 5: Cultivating community and math fluency

  • Episode 4: "Making Black Girls Count," with Dr. Nicole Joseph

  • Episode 3: Consciously foster math fluency

  • Episode 2: Assessing math fluency

  • Episode 1: Defining math fluency