S11 Episode 5: Powerful Moments in Math Class with Dr. Mike Flynn
Inspired by Chip Heath and Dan Heath’s book The Power of Moments, Dr. Mike Flynn has focused his work on how to create meaningful experiences for learners. In this episode of 3Ps in a Pod, he talks with hosts Donnie and Danielle about his exploration into making memorable moments in the math class and how he’ll help others explore that this summer through the Arizona K12 Center.
Flynn is the Director of Mathematics Leadership Programs at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and will be leading the Arizona K12 Center’s Arizona GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) Summer Math Institute on powerful moments in math class.
It’s essential for students to feel seen and celebrated in their learning but that grew harder in some ways during the pandemic, Flynn explains. He speaks to why those and other moments of recognition are so important to student learning and why we need to infuse more of those moments into our teaching now.
Flynn also talks about “missed moments” and the need for self-forgiveness.