Brian Bushart is the Curriculum Coordinator for Elementary Mathematics in Round Rock ISD in Round Rock, Texas. He received his B.S. degree in Applied Learning and Development from The University of Texas at Austin in 2001. He then taught elementary school in the Austin area for eight years. During that time, he earned his M.Ed. in Curriculum and Development from The University of Texas at Austin. In 2009, he took advantage of an opportunity to join Time To Know, an education company based out of Israel. For the next five years, Brian led a team of content developers creating digital math curriculum. Brian entered his current role in Round Rock ISD in 2014.

Brian’s passion is fostering teachers’ and students’ identities as mathematical sense makers. Brian has shared this work at local, state, and national conferences including NCTMCAMT, and the CGI National Conference. Brian is committed to his own professional learning and that of other educators. In 2014, he co-founded #ElemMathChat, a national Twitter chat that creates a welcoming space for elementary educators to network and grow professionally. For the past two years, he served on the board of Global Math Department, an organization that provides weekly professional development webinars and newsletters to educators across the globe. Starting in fall 2018 he will begin serving as the Vice President of the Texas Association of Supervisors of Mathematics. Brian also volunteers on conference planning committees including the 2017 NCTM Innov8 Conference, the 2018 NCTM Regional Conference in Seattle, and CAMT 2019.

You can follow Brian on this blog and @bstockus on Twitter.

DISCLAIMER: This is a personal Web site, produced on my own time and solely reflecting my personal opinions. Statements on this site do not represent the views or policies of my employer, past or present, or any other organization with which I may be affiliated.

12 thoughts on “About

  1. Pingback: There is this “buffet of choice” for teaching and learning of mathematics: How can I choose?!? | One of Thirty Voices

  2. Lauren Giordano

    Thank you Kristin, Jamie and Brian for inspiring me to take the plunge on a numberless word problem. Your blogs gave me such insight into the how and why that I felt comfortable giving it a try this morning when I had a last second opportunity to teach a Grade 2 subtraction word problem lesson. Students shared that they most enjoyed being able to choose “just right” numbers for themselves (I love the literacy connection). They said that the most challenging part was selecting numbers that “made sense” in the context of the problem. I loved that for some students, this was very important to them. This gives insight into their depth of understanding of the problem (background knowledge) as well as their number sense and estimation skills. My biggest regret is not having enough time for students to share and hear each other’s reasons for the numbers they selected, the models they used, and their computational strategies. However, I was able to connect with many students individually and their worksheets shed light on their strategies. I feel a huge sense of success in witnessing so many Standards for Mathematical Practice at play in this one short 30 minute lesson and in seeing so much engagement and interest on the part of the students. So much potential here. Thank you again. Lauren

  3. Amaya Ortigosa

    Hi Brian, Just wanted to say how much I enjoy following your work through your blog. I am the numeracy consultant with Elk Island Public Schools and I will be taking some of your ideas from your elementary teacher cohort into the work I do here. Thanks again!

    1. Tim Baldwin

      I am trying to use your Numberless Word Problem files with my first graders. In particular, I would like to scaffold representing story problem information as it is introduced, page by page. I am using SmartBoard Notebook in my classroom. Is there a way to import this file into SmartBoard Notebook? I would like students to add details to a bar model as they are introduced on succeeding pages of your numberless word problem.
      Thank you for your help.

      1. bstockus Post author

        Hi. I haven’t used SmartBoard Notebook, but I checked and you should be able to import the files. First, download the Numberless Word Problem Google Slides document as a PDF. Then you can drag the PDF file into your Smart Notebook page. Each slide will appear as a Smart Notebook page. I hope that helps!

  4. Teresa Carroll

    ‪I loved using your STAAR review activities based on the Lead4ward Playlist, but I’ve moved schools and I can’t find the link anymore. Can you repost?‬

  5. Mitch Schieffer

    Hi Brian- I’m a 5th grade teacher in Austin and I read your thoughts on using spiral review as a daily part of your math instruction. I like your thoughts on the “why” but do you mind expanding on the details of what spiral review looks like during that 15 – 20 minutes? Thanks!

  6. James Kiley

    I am not a teacher, I am a grandfather with a granddaughter starting to learning multiplication in a Georgia school where they are using a “common core” (area) method to do the job. The only thing I can think to say about teaching multiplication with the “common core” method is “What a crock of b**ls**t.” In doing some searches to find out how multiplication is taught elsewhere I find a lot more b**ls**t methods being used, like the “turtle” method you mention. What ever happened to teaching basic math with out all the gimmicks? The old standard algorithm method is the simplest, best, and I believe is also the easiest way to teach multiplication. And I, most likely quite foolishly and arrogantly, believe it can be taught to a class in an hour, maybe an hour and a half. The heck with all this idiotic make work of a “common core”, and other, methods of teaching it. Absolute confusing junk!!

    1. Chris Natale (@chrisnatale)

      “…believe it can be taught to a class in an hour…”
      What you’d be teaching then, James, is a procedure. Not a deep understanding of multiplication and how it works. You’re right that the standard algorithm works consistently, but it is often not the most efficient strategy for someone who has a deep understanding of things like the associative and distributive property…extremely powerful properties that allow you to manipulate numbers flexibly and efficiently.

      Try to be open to new ways of learning. Don’t assume that because something is confusing to you, it’s junk. Schools taught the algorithm exclusively when fathers like me and grandfathers like you were in school to effectively create human “computers” or “calculators”. Mathematical literacy is far beyond that in the 21st century, we want kids to understand relationships between numbers and use the computations they make to do much deeper thinking.


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