# 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 - June 26, 2024

In today’s MathStratChat, Pam and Kim discuss the MathStratChat problem shared on social media on June 26, 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.

**Kim **00:06

And I'm Kim.

**Pam **00:07

And this episode is a MathStratChat episode where we chat about our math strategies. Every Wednesday evening, I throw out a math problem on social media, and people from around the world chat about the strategies they use and comment on each other's thinking.

**Kim **00:19

Alright, this Wednesday, our math problem was 354 divided by 6.

**Pam **00:25

Ooh, I think... Wait, wait, 534

**Kim **00:27

What did I say?

**Pam **00:28

You said 300.

**Kim **00:29

Oh, that's a problem. 534 divided by 6. Man, some days. 534 divided by 6. How would you solve this problem? Pause the podcast. Solve it however you want. Again, it is 534 divided by 6.

**Pam **00:46

I bet anything you were already thinking about what you were going to do, and so your brain is like tripping over... No?

**Kim **00:51

Thanks for that, but no. I haven't thought. Okay.

**Pam **00:57

Alright, when I look at 534 divided by 6, the first thing I think about is 600 divided by 6. But I'm not sure that's actually a direction that I want to go. Okay, so then I thought, what else do I know about multiples of 6? And I know 540 is a multiple of six, so I think I might head that direction.

**Kim **01:13

Okay.

**Pam **01:14

So, 540 divided by 6 is... 54 divided by 6 is 9. So, 540 divided by 6 is 90, but I have an extra 6, and so that's just one extra 6. So, 90 minus 1 is 89. So, I think the answer is 89.

**Kim **01:30

Okay, well, I appreciate the 600.

**Pam **01:32

Were you doing something else and you weren't even thinking about what I was talking.

**Kim **01:35

No, I totally listened. But once you said the 600, I was like, "Okay, I'm good. And then I could listen to you. Because I also... So, here's another thing. I wrote it in fraction format again this week.

**Pam **01:49

Same.

**Kim **01:50

Because of that, then I was like, "Oh, do I want to scale down?" But that didn't look like nice. And so, when you said the 600, I was like, "Okay." Because 600 divided by 6 is nice. But also when I see the 34 it's 66 away. And so, 6... Oh, that's nice. (unclear) And so, I basically had 100 minus 11.

**Pam **02:14

Which is also 89.

**Kim **02:16

Yeah.

**Pam **02:17

Oh, that's... Nice I Have, You Need there for 34 up to the next one is 66. (unclear).

**Kim **02:23

(unclear). Twice. Twice. I was really I Have, You Needy. Alright.

**Pam **02:28

Bam!

**Kim **02:29

We can't wait to see what you do each week. Join us on MathStratChat, and let us know how you think about the problems. And we love it when you comment on other people's strategies.

**Pam **02:38

Especially if what you are thinking and seeing is sparked by something that you saw in the last week or two. We love it when you will note what you saw someone else do, and you can be like, "Bam! I saw it!" That's awesome. Ya'll, we post these problems on Wednesdays around 7pm Central time. When you answer, tag me and use the hashtag MathStratChat. And 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. Because math is actually figure-out-able.