LET'S TALK MATH

USING NUMBER TALKS IN YOUR CLASSROOM

WHY IS STANDARDS-BASED MATH IMPORTANT?

The truth is that students are still being taught math the way we have always learned it. That hasn’t changed. 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.

WHAT ARE 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.

Math Solutions: Number Talks - Helping Children Build Mental Math and Computation Strategies

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!

KINDERGARTEN CLASSROOM

Math Solutions Number Talks K 2 Rekenreks

1ST GRADE CLASSROOM

1st Grade Number Talk

2ND GRADE CLASSROOM

Number talks mental math 2nd grade 006

3RD GRADE CLASSROOM

3rd Grade Number Talks 2015

4TH GRADE CLASSROOM

Number Talks 4th Grade

5TH 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!

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