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Math is Figure-Out-Able with Pam Harris

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Math teacher educator Pam Harris and her cohost Kim Montague answer the question: If not algorithms, then what?Join them for ~15 minutes every Tuesday as they cast their vision for mathematics education and give actionable items to help teachers teach math that is Figure-Out-Able.

Math teacher educator Pam Harris and her cohost Kim Montague answer the question: If not algorithms, then what?Join them for ~15 minutes every Tuesday as they cast their vision for mathematics education and give actionable items to help teachers teach math that is Figure-Out-Able.

Location:

United States

Description:

Math teacher educator Pam Harris and her cohost Kim Montague answer the question: If not algorithms, then what?Join them for ~15 minutes every Tuesday as they cast their vision for mathematics education and give actionable items to help teachers teach math that is Figure-Out-Able.

Twitter:

@pwharris

Language:

English

Contact:

(512)3939865


Episodes

Ep 106: Multiplying by Ten

6/28/2022
Most students can scale up by ten as they begin to multiply larger numbers and that is a great starting place for students. In this episode Pam and Kim discuss a more sophisticated way of scaling numbers in multiplication problems. Talking Points:

Duration:00:17:45

Ep 105: Let the Students Play

6/21/2022
Often people misunderstand what this game we call mathematics is and feel they aren't good enough to play. In this episode Pam and Kim discuss how students need the opportunity to experience and play in the real game of mathematics. Talking Points: the Math Perspective Quiz

Duration:00:22:21

Ep 104: Things We Have Learned

6/14/2022
It's our two year anniversary! We are so grateful you've spent this time with us. In this episode Pam and Kim discuss openly things they've learned and how they've grown during their journey as math teacher educators. Talking Points:

Duration:00:24:32

Ep 103: Rich Tasks, Investigations, 3-Act Tasks, Pt 2

6/7/2022
What are some examples of rich tasks that are designed to intrigue and engage students? In this episode Pam and Kim give some specific examples and describe why they are so rich. Talking Points: See Ep 47: Fractions as Fair Sharing where we explored the Sub Sandwich rich task!

Duration:00:21:33

Ep 102: Rich Tasks, Investigations, 3-Act Tasks, Pt 1

5/31/2022
Let's talk rich tasks! On Twitter we enjoyed a great conversation about what makes a rich task rich. We thought we'd comment on some great suggestions from Professor Tad Watanabe, inspired from his mentor Dr. Grayson Weatley. Talking Points:

Duration:00:17:15

Ep 101: Strategies!

5/24/2022
What comes to mind when someone says the word "strategy"? There are at least four different meanings for the word "strategy" in mathematics teaching. In this episode Pam and Kim parse out the different meanings and discuss how those meanings shape the outcomes of our teaching. Talking Points:

Duration:00:12:51

Ep 100: Celebrating Place Value

5/17/2022
We love that we've been able to make 100 episodes! We also love that 1 hundred is 10 tens, so let's talk place value! In this episode Pam and Kim discuss why students struggle with place value, and suggest some of their favorite place value activities. Talking Points:

Duration:00:29:54

Ep 99: If Not Algorithms, Then What? Finale!

5/10/2022
In the last 5 episodes we've laid out the most important strategies for students to be able to solve for all four operations. So what? In this episode Pam and Kim solve a gnarly problem to demonstrate how mathematizing can empower you and your students, and open up to the world of Real Math. Talking Points: Get the BIG download here! https://mathisfigureoutable.com/big

Duration:00:29:19

Ep 98: If Not the Division Algorithm, Then What?

5/3/2022
Division is figure-out-able! In this episode Pam and Kim discuss the four main strategies students need to develop to solve any division problem that's reasonable to solve without a calculator. Talking Points: Get the BIG download of all the major strategies for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division here! https://mathisfigureoutable.com/big

Duration:00:29:33

Ep 97: If Not the Multiplication Algorithm, Then What?

4/26/2022
What are the five major strategies for multiplication? In this episode Pam and Kim name and give examples of each of the five major multiplication strategies. If students own these strategies they should be able to solve any multiplication problem that is reasonable to solve without a calculator. They will be able to solve it as efficiently as a traditional algorithm and most of the time more efficiently than the traditional algorithm. But even more important than that, they will be...

Duration:00:25:10

Ep 96: If Not the Subtraction Algorithm, Then What?

4/19/2022
It's time for subtraction! In this episode Pam and Kim name and give examples of the four main subtraction strategies students need to own to solve any subtraction problem that is reasonable to solve without a calculator. Talking Points: Get the download! www.mathisfigureoutable.com/big

Duration:00:18:27

Ep 95: If Not the Addition Algorithm, Then What?

4/12/2022
What are the major strategies students need to know to solve any addition problem that is reasonable to solve without a calculator? In this episode Pam and Kim list them out, give examples, and some insights into how they choose which strategy to use for any given problem. Talking Points: Get our download of all the major strategies here! mathisfigureoutable.com/big

Duration:00:23:09

Ep 94: If Not Algorithms, Then What?

4/5/2022
We want students to be real problem solvers, and we know that means much more than helping them get correct answers. But we never want to put students in a position where they are disadvantaged because they don't know the traditional algorithms. We actually want them to have a much deeper and richer understanding of mathematical relationships. In this episode Pam and Kim begin a series exploring the major strategies for each operation that students need so that they can solve ANY problem...

Duration:00:19:49

Ep 93: Partnering With Parents: Do Correct Answers Matter?

3/28/2022
When we feel passionately about the way we teach, we can sometimes inadvertently miscommunicate when speaking with parents. In this episode, Pam and Kim discuss how to appropriately talk about getting correct answers and preparing for high stakes tests so that parents know their children are in good hands. Talking Points:

Duration:00:19:45

Ep 92: Partnering With Parents: Math Night!

3/22/2022
Partnering with parents can be a blast! In this episode Pam and Kim describe how they organize and run math nights to help parents experience mathematizing and get excited about what their students will be learning. Talking Points:

Duration:00:19:07

Ep 91: Partnering With Parents: Over Communicate

3/15/2022
How can we proactively partner with and support parents? In this episode Pam and Kim discuss ways they over communicate to parents to keep parents involved and not confused. Talking Points:

Duration:00:20:01

Ep 90: Partnering With Parents-Listening

3/8/2022
Parents are so important, and sometimes they get concerned when their child isn't being taught math they way they were expecting. In this episode Pam and Kim discuss hearing parents' concerns and helping them feel heard and then helping them understand the math. We appreciate parents and we are better with them! Talking Points:

Duration:00:22:47

Ep 89: Playing With Fraction Multiplication

3/1/2022
Kim has a story to tell that Pam hasn't heard yet! Listen in to get a feel of how math can be when students understand that Math is Figure-Out-Able. Talking Points:

Duration:00:19:34

Ep 88: Getting Correct Answers or Building Relationships?

2/22/2022
Most of us are probably teaching the way we were taught, to get correct answers to problems. But we aren't actually helping students understand and reason about the math. Which is more important? In this episode Pam and Kim discuss answer getting versus relationship building. Talking Points: Resources: Phil Daro video: https://vimeo.com/79916037

Duration:00:18:56

Ep 87: But I'm Required to Teach Algorithms

2/15/2022
Do your standards require you to teach algorithms? What then? In this episode Pam and Kim discuss how they prepare their students for success on high stakes tests without ever teaching a step by step algorithm or process. Talking Points:

Duration:00:22:29