# 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 - April 24, 2024

In today’s MathStratChat, Pam and Kim discuss the MathStratChat problem shared on social media on April 24, 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 math problem on social media, and people from around the world chat about strategies they use, and comment on each other's thinking.

**Kim **00:18

So, this Wednesday, our math problem was three-fourths of 12. How would you solve this problem? Pause. Solve any way you want. And the problem was three-fourths of 12. Go.

**Pam **00:30

three-fourths of 12. Bam. Alright. Kim, you go first.

**Kim **00:34

Okay. So, I am thinking about that like three 1/4s of 12.

**Pam **00:40

Mmhm.

**Kim **00:41

So, I know 1/4 of 12 is 3. So, three 1/4s is 9.

**Pam **00:49

Nice. So, similarly, I thought about a fourth of 12 is 3. And then, I thought four-fourths of 12 is the whole thing.

**Kim **00:58

Yep.

**Pam **00:58

So, 3 of those one-fourths would be 1/4 less. So, 12 minus 3 is 9.

**Kim **01:04

Nice.

**Pam **01:04

Cool. Couple different ways to do that.

**Kim **01:06

Short and sweet.

**Pam **01:07

Yeah. So, I'm wondering. People might do 3 times 12, and then divide by 4, but I'm hoping... And you could do that. That's kind of the way I learned to do it. You could do that. But I'm hoping that you can start, that we can get people thinking about using 1/4, and then scaling up or subtracting that from the whole. Cool.

**Kim **01:27

Fantastic. Alright, 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 that are posted. And comment on each other's thinking.

**Pam **01:37

Yeah, 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. Ya'll, thank you for making math more figure-out-able!