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:

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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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