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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 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.

    Ep 69: Equations of Lines are Figure-out-able!

    Ep 69: Equations of Lines are Figure-out-able!

    We've talked a lot about the types of reasoning we need to help students develop, but a lot of teachers believe that there comes a point in higher math, where reasoning just won't cut it. In this episode Pam and Kim tackle functional reasoning, and demonstrate that algebra can be so much more than memorized steps.
    Talking Points:
    The importance of working with intuitionFinding the equation of a line without formulasIntuitively finding the equation of a line in standard form.

    • 24 min
    Ep 68: Revisiting the Development of Mathematical Reasoning Pt 2

    Ep 68: Revisiting the Development of Mathematical Reasoning Pt 2

    We've described how students can get away with solving multiplication problems with counting strategies. What about division problems? In this episode Pam and Kim explore the Development of Mathematical Reasoning even further, and discuss how important it is that we help students become more sophisticated. It's more than just answer getting.
    Talking points
    Solving division problems with counting strategiesBrand new free info-graphics and videos to help you use the development in your classroomFind the infographics here: https://www.mathisfigureoutable.com/blog/development-4

    • 26 min
    Ep 67: Revisiting the Development of Mathematical Reasoning

    Ep 67: Revisiting the Development of Mathematical Reasoning

    It's been over a year since Pam and Kim first introduced the DMR (Development of Mathematical Reasoning) and in that time they've refined their ideas even further. In this episode Pam and Kim dive deeper into the development and why it's so important
    It's not about answer getting, but it's not about the students doing it 'their way' eitherOur goal is increased sophisticationWe don't leave reasoning behindExamples!

    • 24 min
    Ep 66: Shout out to leaders!

    Ep 66: Shout out to leaders!

    Math conferences are powerful ways to improve your teaching. But it's also really easy to go to a conference and accidently miss all the good sessions. In this episode Pam talks about powerful leaders in the math education community that she will always go see no matter what they're talking about. 
    Talking Points:
    How to get the most out of math conferencesKarim AniPeter LiljedahlDeborah BallZaretta HammondJourneyLEADER (learn more at https://www.mathisfigureoutable.com/leader)Other people to follow: @JBayWilliams, @JohnSanGiovanni,
    @ddmeyer, @joboaler, @ekazemi, @ctfosnot, @thestrokeofluck, @saravdwerf

    • 20 min
    Ep 65: Creating Shared Experiences

    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.
    Talking Points
    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

    • 17 min
    Ep 64: Fun with Division

    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. 
    Talking Points:
    The importance of hydrationUsing equivalent ratios to solve gnarly division problems
    Learn more about the Building Powerful Division workshop

    • 18 min

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94 Ratings

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