# LET'S TALK MATH

### USING NUMBER TALKS IN YOUR CLASSROOM

As Lead Literacy Teacher, my responsibility is to take part in monthly training with Education Manager, Rosemary Cataldi. Furthermore, these calls allow me to share ideas on how we implement the educational initiatives that have been introduced.

The videos within each sub-topic will demonstrate what should be going on in your classroom. Please explore the links in this SMORE and send me an email sharing on how Math Talk looks like in your classroom!

Thanks,

Mrs. T.

## WHY IS STANDARDS-BASED MATH IMPORTANT?

Students are still being taught math the way we have always learned it. That hasn’t changed much .However, in addition to the traditional way of learning math, students are being taught another approach to help them understand how and why math problems work—called "number sense". This new way shows students that numbers are just flexible things made up of other numbers and makes solving math problems that much easier.

View the video below to hear how this all makes sense.

overview video on how (CCSS) standards based math is being taught.

“What stood out for you?”

## My Math

Let's take a look at My Math teachers guide to see where they see connections to standards based instruction that are already in the guide

## Math practices

• persevering in problem solving and attention to precision (not just calculating)
• precision in using exact math vocabulary
• All of the other Standards for mathematical practice support these two important strategies.

## Number Talks

"Number talks can best be described as classroom conversations around purposefully crafted computation problems that are solved mentally." S. Parrish

Check out this link for an overview of math talks and their purpose.

## WHY SHOULD I DO NUMBER TALKS IN MY CLASSROOM?

Number Talks promote number sense by building and strengthening strategies students use to problem solve.

1. Model different methods for computing.

2. Ask students to calculate mentally.

3. Have class discussions about strategies for computing.

4. Make estimation an integral part of computing.

5. Pose numerical problems that have more than one answer.

6. Question students about their thinking

## HOW DO I DO IT?

How to manage Number Talks

1. Keep it short (5-15 min).

2. Do it every day.

3. Give students lots of practice with the same kinds of problems.

4. Teach with intention. Start with your current topic and/or build toward your next.

5. Chart student thinking without judgement. Accept all answers without praise or criticism.

6. Encourage students to listen and ask questions of each other.

7. Encourage students to self correct.

## HOW CAN I USE IT IN MY CLASSROOM?

Take a look at the different grade level videos to see how you can incorporate this new technique into your daily math routine!
Math Solutions: Number Talks - Helping Children Build Mental Math and Computation Strategies

## KINDERGARTEN CLASSROOM

Math Solutions Number Talks K 2 Rekenreks

## First GRADE CLASSROOM

1st Grade Number Talk

## Second Grade Classroom

Number talks mental math 2nd grade 006

## Third Grade Classroom

3rd Grade Number Talks 2015

## Fourth Grade Classroom

Number Talks 4th Grade

## Fifth GRADE CLASSROOM

5th grade division number talk

## WHEN CAN I TRY THIS?

Well, try it this week take a few moments to explain the routine to your students. Then find the best way it fits into your classroom. The main goal is getting the students to talk about math and their way of thinking!

## Homework

1. Homework week #1 view the video of a sample number talk for grade level. And begin to think about how they can implement it in their daily math block. Read this article to help support your understanding: http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/top-teaching/2014/01/math-talk-101