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 120: Rounding
What fun rhymes will best help your students learn to round? Just kidding! In this episode Pam and Kim describe their wholistic approach to rounding that helps kids build relationships like place value!
No rhymes neededUsing a number line to reason through roundingHow rounding develops students' place value and other mathematical concepts.
Ep 119: Elapsed Time on a Number Line
Finding elapsed time can be a tricky concept, but when combined with a number line, we can make it figureoutable! Join Pam and Kim as they discuss using addition strategies to find elapsed time.
The birth place of I Have, You NeedHow students might approach elapsed timeHow to help students think about elapsed time more sophisticatedly
Ep 118: Time and Elapsed Time
Do your students struggle tracking time or reading an analog clock? In this episode Pam and Kim discuss three simple ways you can help your students internalize time and elapsed time.
Help students build a feel for benchmark units of timeNotice and tell what time it is a lot with kidsNotice aloud how long things take throughout the day
Ep 117: Math is Figureoutable, Even In High School
A lot of people feel like when it comes to high school math, it's just not possible to think and reason through things anymore. Not true! In this episode Pam and Kim make the transition from Proportional Reasoning to Functional Reasoning and writing the equation of a line using relationships and what students already know.
Is math always Figure-Out-Able?How ratio tables prepare students for linear functionsExample Problem StringsRegistration for workshops closes this Friday!Get a workshop while you can: https://www.mathisfigureoutable.com/workshops
Ep 116: Structuring Your Math Class Examples
What does teaching Real Math look like at your grade level? In the last episode Pam and Kim discussed the One Third/Two Thirds rule to structure math time. In this episode they give specific examples at various grade levels of what it might really look like.
1st Grade - doubling and halving3rd Grade - concepts around 1005th Grade - multiplication and volume7th Grade - rates (see Episode 112 for Unit Rate Problem String)Algebra I - exponential functionsPre-Calculus - functionsOur workshops are open for registration! Take advantage now to change your math classroom! https://www.mathisfigureoutable.com/workshops
Ep 115: Structuring Your Math Class
A listener asked how would we structure our math class. In this episode Pam and Kim discuss the approach they'd take to provide their students with the best math education experience possible to learn Real Math and still meet their required standards and scope and sequence.
The Two-Third/One-Thirds ruleRich Tasks - see Episodes 102 and 103Test Prep?!Use instructional routines for spiral reviewTune in to the next episode for examplesRegistration for our workshops are open now! Sessions for everyone, K-12! Check them out!
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.