Posted on *January 30, 2015*. Filed under: Uncategorized |

*A Different Type of Number Talk*

There is a different type of number talk which I recently saw on a video by The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics. In this video second grade students are talking about subtraction. I posted the video a few weeks ago. The framework for the discussion is quite interesting. On the board is a template that looks like this:

I think it is very interesting to get students to choose their own numbers and talk about how they might solve the problem based on those numbers. I have done it here with fractions. So students get to decide: 1) if they are going to do it in their head 2) if they are going to use a model 3) if they are going to use a written method. This type of thinking can be so powerful!

Try it with your students.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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