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Mathematical Problem Solving Through Strategies and Models

Tuesday, February 6, 2024 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST

Mathematical Problem Solving Through Strategies and Models

Presented by Pamela Harris, Founder and CEO, Math is Figure-out-able™; Kim Montague, Podcast Co-Host and Content Lead, Math is Figure-out-able™; and Brendan Scribner, Director of Implementation and Success, Exemplars
Moderated by Jay Meadows, CEO, Exemplars

Sponsored by Exemplars

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Featuring special guests Pam Harris and Kim Montague.

At the heart of our discussion lies a powerful concept: Math is Figure-out-able™.

Join us as we explore how mathematical strategies and models guide students to ambitious problem solving, the construction of mathematical relationships, and the cultivation of flexibility. Together, we identify ways for educators to leverage the brilliance inherent in our students’ knowledge, supporting the growth of confident mathematicians. Additionally, we explore productive ways for you to utilize problem strings and performance tasks, to foster flexible thinking and empower your mathematicians.

During this edWebinar, we:

  • Unpack “math is figure-out-able”
  • Experience a problem string, a purposefully designed sequence of related problems that helps students mentally construct numerical relationships and                       nudges them toward a major, efficient strategy
  • Examine student thinking from an Exemplars performance task that intentionally builds upon our problem string
  • Engage with a teacher lens to understand what the students know and are able to do
  • Build a next-step teacher action problem string as our learning moves forward
  • Discuss the relationship between fact fluency, math relationships, and mathematical understanding

Teachers and school and district leaders of all grade levels are encouraged to view this engaging edWebinar.

Pam Harris

About the Presenters

Pam Harris, Founder and CEO of Math is Figure-out-able™, is changing the way we view and teach mathematics. She is a mom, a former high school math teacher, a university lecturer, an author, and a mathematics teacher educator. Real Math is thinking mathematically, not just mimicking what a teacher does. Pam helps leaders and teachers to make the shift that supports students to learn Real Math.

Kim Montague

Kim Montague, podcast co-host and content lead at Math is Figure-out-able™, has been a grades 3-5 teacher, instructional coach, workshop presenter, and curriculum developer. She’s a self-proclaimed number junkie, super fan of teachers, and can’t stop talking to kids about what they know. She loves visiting classrooms and believes that when you know your content and know your kids, real learning occurs.


Brendan Scribner

Brendan Scribner, Director of Implementation and Success for Exemplars, began his career in education as a middle school math teacher in Vermont in 1998, before spending the last 20 years as a fourth-grade classroom teacher in Hanover, New Hampshire. He earned his master’s in the science of teaching mathematics from the Vermont Math Initiative. As a passionate classroom educator, he strives to be a mathematical identity builder with a keen focus on learning experiences that cultivate wonder, joy, and reveal the beauty of mathematics for all. Brendan supports educators at Exemplars, with a strong commitment to building contextually relevant problem solving into established curricula. An area of particular importance in his work is the power of productive discourse and how “talk moves” within a classroom. When he is not immersed in his work as an educator, he enjoys family time, cycling, hiking, skiing, leisure travel, and crafting unique wood products.

Jay Meadows

About the Moderator

Jay Meadows serves as Exemplars’ Chief Executive Officer. He is a former middle school math and science teacher and has been working in education for almost three decades. Jay holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Vermont and a master’s in mathematical pedagogy from Southern New Hampshire University.

Jay is also one of Exemplars’ primary performance task writers and professional development consultants for the middle level. Leading sessions throughout the United States, Jay works with teachers to integrate performance tasks and research-based best practices into their curriculum. Through Exemplars, Jay dreams of teaching a generation of students to become powerful problem solvers.

Prior to his career in education, Jay coordinated delegations from the former Soviet Union through programs with the U.S. State Department. Jay has also worked alongside a number of international non-profits and is a former Peace Corps volunteer.

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Exemplars provides performance tasks, rubrics, and student anchor papers for schools and districts in Math, Science, and Writing. Our performance material engages students and promotes reasoning, communication, and higher-order thinking. Performance tasks are classroom-tested and may be used for assessment, instruction, and professional development. Exemplars’ supplemental resources are research-based and designed to meet state, national, and Common Core standards.

Use rich math tasks to foster engagement, collaboration, and problem solving


Tuesday, February 6, 2024
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST
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