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.
Ep 65: Creating Shared Experiences
How can we best grow as teachers? Together of course! In this episode Pam and Kim discuss the power of teachers honing their craft together. Leaders and coaches will find this episode particularly helpful.
Where do useful shared experiences come from?How leaders and teachers can benefit from shared experiences.Introducing JourneyLEADERYou can learn more about our exciting new experience for leaders at mathisfigureoutable.com/leader
Ep 64: Fun with Division
There is so much to division! To show that, Pam and Kim go through a quick Problem String that builds a less known, but super powerful, division strategy.
The importance of hydrationUsing equivalent ratios to solve gnarly division problems
Learn more about the Building Powerful Division workshop
Ep 63: Counting is more than A, B, C
Counting strategies can often go overlooked. It isn't easy learning to count in a way that prepares students for additive reasoning. Think we're wrong? Just wait till you listen to this episode! Pam and Kim discuss how to help young learners increase in their sophistication as they learn to count.
Counting is more than singing the songAddition requires a strong foundation of counting strategiesC + M = ?Helping students become more sophisticated counters
Ep 62: Models that aren't our fav
Rapid fire time! In this episode Pam and Kim show how three popular models - hundreds charts, base ten blocks, and algebra tiles - while powerful for developing reasoning, can even be harmful when taught as tools for computation.
3 criteria for a poor model for computationHow each not-fav model meets that criteriaWhat each model is useful for
Ep 61: Ten Frames
Continuing their series on modeling, Pam and Kim discuss the advantages and pitfalls of Ten Frames. They emphasize the power of models that can become tools for reasoning, and use Ten Frames as an example of how teachers can focus too much on models that may eventually get it in the way of reasoning.
What are Ten Frames?The 3 limitations to Ten FramesIt's not just the model, it's how you use the modelOur preferred model for transitioning from counting to additive reasoning
Ep 60: Number Bonds and Tape Diagrams
Let's keep talking about modeling! A lot of you may be familiar with Number Bonds and Tape Diagrams and be wondering about how they fit in with our modeling framework. In this episode Pam and Kim discuss these types of models to illustrate the power of the modeling framework as more than just a tool to help students understand what the problem is asking.
CGIHow Number Bonds and Tape Diagrams are limitedThe perfect models for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
Great Discussions about important Ideas
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.