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.