266 episodes

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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    • 4.9 • 199 Ratings

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!

    #MathStratChat - February 28, 2024

    #MathStratChat - February 28, 2024

    In today’s MathStratChat, Pam and Kim discuss the MathStratChat problem shared on social media on February 28, 2024. 


    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.
    Twitter: @PWHarris
    Instagram: Pam Harris_math
    Facebook: Pam Harris, author, mathematics education


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

    • 2 min
    Ep 193: Compliance Too

    Ep 193: Compliance Too

    What message do we want to send to students about compliance? In this episode Pam and Kim talk about the importance of respecting student dignity and separating math from punishment.
    Talking Points:
    Senario of compliance Reasons we seek compliance from studentsMath is not a punishment or taking it away, a rewardPam and Kim reflect on some of their early experiencesIs it about the math or about the compliance?Do your grades reflect compliance?Check out our social media
    Twitter: @PWHarris
    Instagram: Pam Harris_math
    Facebook: Pam Harris, author, mathematics education
    Linkedin: Pam Harris Consulting LLC 

    • 25 min
    #MathStratChat - February 21, 2024

    #MathStratChat - February 21, 2024

    In today’s MathStratChat, Pam and Kim discuss the MathStratChat problem shared on social media on February 21, 2024. 


    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.
    Twitter: @PWHarris
    Instagram: Pam Harris_math
    Facebook: Pam Harris, author, mathematics education


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

    • 5 min
    Ep 192: Compliance - What do you require in a math class?

    Ep 192: Compliance - What do you require in a math class?

    A huge part of any teacher's life is classroom management, setting expectations, and compliance. In this episode Pam and Kim consider when compliance might or might not be helpful in a math classroom.
    Talking Points:
    Sucked down the Math Is Figureoutable vortexWould you rather have compliant students? Or have students who question?There are times when compliance is importantKim and Pam's early experiences with complianceNegative consequences for non-compliance aren't always helpfulCreating a learning atmosphereModel your expectationsTime for reflection not finger waggingCheck out our social media
    Twitter: @PWHarris
    Instagram: Pam Harris_math
    Facebook: Pam Harris, author, mathematics education
    Linkedin: Pam Harris Consulting LLC 

    • 23 min
    #MathStratChat - February 14, 2024

    #MathStratChat - February 14, 2024

    In today’s MathStratChat, Pam and Kim discuss the MathStratChat problem shared on social media on February 14, 2024. 


    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.
    Twitter: @PWHarris
    Instagram: Pam Harris_math
    Facebook: Pam Harris, author, mathematics education


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

    • 4 min
    Ep 191: PEMDAS Is Figureoutable

    Ep 191: PEMDAS Is Figureoutable

    Thinking and reasoning is always more powerful than rotely memorizing steps. In this episode Pam and Kim demonstrate how to help students reason about Order of Operations.
    Talking Points:
    Nat Banting's "Oops, I Meant"Representing a context using the grouping symbols to communicate Demonstrate how mathematicians communicate with symbols earlUsing the equals sign correctly to mean "equal" vs "Do it"" No more unnecessarily difficult practiceCheck out our social media
    Twitter: @PWHarris
    Instagram: Pam Harris_math
    Facebook: Pam Harris, author, mathematics education
    Linkedin: Pam Harris Consulting LLC 

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
199 Ratings

199 Ratings

Kim_Bright ,

My FAVORITE Math Podcast

I love listening to Pam and Kim share different ways to think about and teach math. I have gained so much from them and implement a ton of what they are sharing into my teaching practice. They are fun to listen to and breakdown the math in real, fun, and practical ways. Thank you for sending the message that the use of reasoning and understanding of numeracy is the way to understand math. I’m here for it, and so are my students!

Kim Bright

FBohannon ,

Wonderful!

I happened across Pam and Kim two years ago when, after 20 years of teaching math in grades 2-8, I was looking for a better way. Since then I have listened to every single podcast, participated in every challenge, and try every #mathstratchat. I have learned so much these past couple years. My 13 year old son is usually in the car with me and we will listen to the podcasts together. I have him hit pause when Pam throws out a question and we work through it together. His thinking and number sense has improved as well!

Ethereal Lord ,

How we teach math has to change

Everyone can do more real math than fake math

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