# Ep 53: Q&A Part 1, Do Strategies Change Over Time?

June 22, 2021 Pam Harris Episode 53
Math is Figure-Out-Able with Pam Harris
Ep 53: Q&A Part 1, Do Strategies Change Over Time?
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Math is Figure-Out-Able with Pam Harris
Ep 53: Q&A Part 1, Do Strategies Change Over Time?
Jun 22, 2021 Episode 53
Pam Harris

We loved getting all of your questions! Because there's so many questions, Pam and Kim will have to spend the next couple episodes answering them. In this episode they discuss a question about the relevancy of money strategies, and whether strategies will change over time.
Talking Points:

• The different definitions for strategy
• Technology in classrooms

Extra resources: Which One Doesn't Belong (https://wodb.ca)

We loved getting all of your questions! Because there's so many questions, Pam and Kim will have to spend the next couple episodes answering them. In this episode they discuss a question about the relevancy of money strategies, and whether strategies will change over time.
Talking Points:

• The different definitions for strategy
• Technology in classrooms

Extra resources: Which One Doesn't Belong (https://wodb.ca)

Pam Harris:

Hey fellow mathematicians. Welcome to the podcast where math is Figure-Out-Able. I'm Pam.

Kim Montague:

And I'm Kim.

Pam Harris:

And we are here to suggest that mathematizing is not about mimicking or rote memorizing, but it's about thinking and reasoning; it's about creating and using mental, mathematical relationships. That mathematics class could be less like it has been for so many of us and more like mathematicians working together. We answer the question: If you're not teaching steps in algorithms in your class, then what are you teaching?

Kim Montague:

Awesome. So for the last few weeks, we've been asking you to submit questions that you want answered on the podcast. And today is that day. So we decided to just grab a couple of those questions and spend some time on them to let Pam give you her take over a couple of episodes. All right. Are you ready?

Pam Harris:

Kim Montague:

Okay,

Pam Harris:

bring them on! What are we answering today?

Kim Montague:

So today, we got an email from Drew Purdue. And this is what Drew said, "Hi, this is probably not quite the kind of question that you're looking for. But I keep wondering - "

Pam Harris:

It's exactly the right kind!

Kim Montague:

"So as adults, we often think about coins to help us solve math problems. Obviously, money is a great way to visualize decimal amounts. My question is, do you think that today's children will grow up using coins often enough for that to continue to be a relevant strategy for them? As our lives become more and more digital, should we imagine today's children using coins in their adult lives? Which leads to a larger question about strategies changing with the times? Thanks for all your work, the podcast is very inspiring to me."

Pam Harris:

Kim Montague:

Oh, yes, more than I'd like to admit.

Pam Harris:

Because you got kids that are messing with it. And they're really intuitive. And they play with it. And so then you, you do your strengths, which is helping me help teachers, and you pull your kids in when you need a little help with technology. That's not important to you, right? So you're spending your time doing that. So in the same way, I'm still an expert on helping teachers realize how to teach using visualization, using the power of technology to do things quickly, and to notice patterns. I don't need to be, I don't think, the expert on exactly the buttons to push and what the keystroke order is. Kids can help us with that. Teachers, especially if you're my age or older, maybe even a little bit younger than me, I think we need to be comfortable kind of being in front of kids going hey, let's learn together. You guys are better at tech maybe and I have the math knowledge. But maybe we can learn both of those together. You're going to teach me some things about math. And I'm going to teach you some things about tech. But we're all in this together. And we're all going to continue to learn. So hopefully, that helps a little bit about whether we could use coins and money as we go and whether teaching strategies are going to change over time. Regardless, I hope the podcast is still a little bit inspiring to you.

Kim Montague:

Excellent. Fabulous. So we just spent enough time for one whole podcast with one question. So we have several other questions that we're going to tackle in future episodes. Thanks so much for all the questions that you have sent in. Remember to join us on MathStratChat on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram on Wednesday evenings where we explore problems with the world.

Pam Harris:

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Kim Montague:

Keep sending us yo r comments and suggestions we lo e hearing from you.

Pam Harris:

So if you're interested to learn more math and you want to help yourself and students develop as mathematicians then don't miss the Math is Figure-Out-Able Pod ast because math is Fig