65 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.

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 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
    Ep 63: Counting is more than A, B, C

    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.
    Talking Points:
    Counting is more than singing the songAddition requires a strong foundation of counting strategiesC + M = ?Helping students become more sophisticated counters

    • 17 min
    Ep 62: Models that aren't our fav

    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. 
    Talking Points
    3 criteria for a poor model for computationHow each not-fav model meets that criteriaWhat each model is useful for

    • 28 min
    Ep 61: Ten Frames

    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.
    Talking Points
    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

    • 17 min
    Ep 60: Number Bonds and Tape Diagrams

    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.

    Talking Points: 
    CGIHow Number Bonds and Tape Diagrams are limitedThe perfect models for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
92 Ratings

92 Ratings

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Not just for teachers

Everyone should listen to this podcast to improve their own understanding of quantitive reasoning and doing math. I enjoy every single podcast. I feel lie I am in the room participating in the conversation.

KeriFRich ,

Positive and Engaging!

As a math teacher and math teacher educator, this podcast helped me feel excitement and joy in a very hard season of my career. We need more encouragement for teachers of mathematics. Spread the love, join the community, change the way the world thinks about mathematics!

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Engaging and fun!

This podcast is chock-full with helpful information and strategies! I enjoy learning how to improve my instruction and extract inspiration from Pam and Kim when I tune in to their episodes.

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