# Math is Figure-Out-Able!

Math teacher educator Pam Harris and her cohost Kim Montague answer the question: If not algorithms, then what? Join them for ~15-30 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!

# #MathStratChat - May 8, 2024

In today’s MathStratChat, Pam and Kim discuss the MathStratChat problem shared on social media on May 8, 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.

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**Pam **00:00

Hey, fellow mathers! Welcome to the podcast where Math is Figure-Out-Able! I'm Pam Harris!

**Kim **00:06

And I'm Kim Montague.

**Pam **00:07

And this episode is a MathStratChat episode, where we chat about our math strategies. Every Wednesday evening, I throw out a mat problems on social media, and people from around the world chat about the strategies they use, and comment on each other's thinking. Kim, we have several people from India commenting. It's really...

**Kim **00:22

Oh, that's fun.

**Pam **00:23

Yeah, it's super fun.

**Kim **00:24

Yeah, I really do like getting into. Mostly I do Twitter people. I don't know why because I'm never on Twitter. But it's fun. I like to scroll and see what people are doing.

**Both Pam and Kim **00:35

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**Kim **00:35

Okay, so this Wednesday, the problem was five-sixth of 12. How would you solve this problem? Pause, solve it however you want. The problem was five-sixth of 12.

**Pam **00:46

Bam. (unclear).

**Kim **00:46

Do you want to go first?

**Pam **00:49

Sure.

**Kim **00:50

Okie doke.

**Pam **00:51

Okay, so if I'm thinking about five-sixths of 12, I'm going to think about one-sixth of 12 first, and I'm thinking about a sixth of 12 by partitioning 12 into six equal groups. 12 divided by 6 is 2, so a sixth of 12 is 2, and I need 5 of them. So, 5 of those 2s would be 10. So, five-sixth of 12 is 10.

**Kim **01:13

Yeah, I like it.

**Pam **01:15

Alright, what are you thinking?

**Kim **01:15

I decided to play a little bit. So, I know that five-sixth is five 1/6, so I decided to go three-sixths of 12 is half. So, that is half of 12, so that's six. So, since I already took care of three 1/6s, then I still have two 1/6 left.

**Pam **01:38

Okay.

**Kim **01:39

The same as a third. And I know that a third of 12 is 4, so 6 plus 4 is 10.

**Pam **01:46

You playful person, you.

**Kim **01:48

I don't know if it's like the most efficient, but.

**Pam **01:50

That was kind of fine. Alright. I'm going to think about also the whole, six-sixth of 12, and then just get rid of that one-sixth. So, both of us... Or you didn't think about one-sixth of 12. I did. I thought about a sixth of 12 was 2. So, if the whole six-sixth is 12, and I get rid of one-sixth, then five-sixth of 12 is 10 minus 2... Or sorry. 12 minus 2, which is 10.

**Kim **02:12

Nice.

**Pam **02:13

Cool.

**Kim **02:14

Okay, every week, we look forward to seeing what you are thinking in MathStratChat, so we hope that you'll join us and comment on other people's thinking.

**Pam **02:22

We post the problems on Wednesdays at 7pm Central time. When you answer, tag me and use the hashtag MathStratChat. Then join us here to hear how we're thinking about the problem. We love having you as part of the Math is Figure-Out-Able movement, so thank you for making math more figure-out-able.