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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. See www.MathisFigureOutAble.com for more great resources!

# Math is Figure-Out-Able with Pam Harris 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. See www.MathisFigureOutAble.com for more great resources!

Ep 181: Integers

## Ep 181: Integers

How can we help students reason about integers? In this episode Pam and Kim discuss fun and natural ways to explore and understand both positive and negative integers.
Talking Points:
The Pen/Pencil argument continues5th graders can reason about integersGames do develp understanding of integersClothes line math with integersExploring four useful contexts for integersCheck out our social media
Instagram: Pam Harris_math
Facebook: Pam Harris, author, mathematics education

• 33 min
#MathStratChat - November 29, 2023

## #MathStratChat - November 29, 2023

In today’s MathStratChat, Pam and Kim discuss the MathStratChat problem shared on social media on November 29, 2023.

Note: It’s more fun if you try to solve the problem, share it on social media, comment on others strategies, before you listen to Pam and Kim’s strategies.

Check out #MathStratChat on your favorite social media site and join in the conversation.
Instagram: Pam Harris_math
Facebook: Pam Harris, author, mathematics education

Want more? Check out the archive of all of our #MathStratChat posts!

• 3 min
Ep 180: Revisit With a Twist - An Important Subtraction Pitfall

## Ep 180: Revisit With a Twist - An Important Subtraction Pitfall

How do you label fractions on an open number line? How do you label a fraction of a candy bar? How many cuts do you make to cut a candy bar into fourths? Pam and Kim invite you to revisit episode 138, this time with an ear towards fractions.

Do your students ever get confused about counting obects vs counting distance? In this episode 138 Pam and Kim use a Problem String to help build intuition about everyday subtraction problems.
Talking Points:
Experience a Problem String to build relationshipsFencepost Problems are all over the placeStudents can't just pluck numbers out of Fencepost problemsCathy Fosnot's replacement unit, "Measuring For the Art Show"Other places these kind of problems show upKim explains her strategySee episode 111 for more about "Measuring for the Art Show"!
Check out our social media
Instagram: Pam Harris_math
Facebook: Pam Harris, author, mathematics education

• 25 min
#MathStratChat - November 22, 2023

## #MathStratChat - November 22, 2023

In today’s MathStratChat, Pam and Kim discuss the MathStratChat problem shared on social media on November 22, 2023.

Note: It’s more fun if you try to solve the problem, share it on social media, comment on others strategies, before you listen to Pam and Kim’s strategies.

Check out #MathStratChat on your favorite social media site and join in the conversation.
Instagram: Pam Harris_math
Facebook: Pam Harris, author, mathematics education

Want more? Check out the archive of all of our #MathStratChat posts!

• 6 min
Ep 179: Fake Math, Not Fake People

## Ep 179: Fake Math, Not Fake People

What does it mean when we say 'fake math' or 'less sophisticated'? Pam and Kim discuss how learning Real Math is empowering and opens a whole new world of understanding.
Talking Points:
Are squared numbers an important thing to own?The MatrixIt takes experience to understand perspectivesMartiansDoing 'fake math' or using a 'less sophisticated' way of thinking does not make the person fake or unsophisticatedReal math is empowering and can open up a new reality!Check out our social media
Instagram: Pam Harris_math
Facebook: Pam Harris, author, mathematics education

• 30 min
#MathStratChat - November 15, 2023

## #MathStratChat - November 15, 2023

In today’s MathStratChat, Pam and Kim discuss the MathStratChat problem shared on social media on November 15, 2023.

Note: It’s more fun if you try to solve the problem, share it on social media, comment on others strategies, before you listen to Pam and Kim’s strategies.

Check out #MathStratChat on your favorite social media site and join in the conversation.
Instagram: Pam Harris_math
Facebook: Pam Harris, author, mathematics education

Want more? Check out the archive of all of our #MathStratChat posts!

• 5 min

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Thanks Pam and Kim. Your discussions add nicely to the work on your side an din your books. Brings out the meaning of teaching the whole child to see that math is figure out able. Thanks.

Today’s episode has but my next year in perspective. Thanks again.