Have you dabbled in number talks with your students only to find that they quickly get disengaged? Or have you thought about using number talks in your classroom, but are unsure where to begin? If so, we’d like to share 5 ideas that you can implement this week.
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Imagine observing your classroom of learners during a number talk lesson. You see thumbs up and fingers extended. You see partners place a fist to their chest after sharing their thinking with one another. You see children rocking their funny-shaped hands back and forth gently. You see hands raised and eager faces. You even see fists with pinkies sticking up. What does all this mean?
It is important to accept all answers, right or wrong. Because students are always asked to share how they know their answer is true, they will oftentimes make corrections themselves while processing through the problem. If not, another student will recognize that an incorrect answer needs to be adjusted. It is important to teach your students how to respectfully respond to their peers using sentence stems.
First and foremost, you want your students to understand mathematics, not memorize a set of meaningless rules and procedures. Number talks is one way to build your students’ confidence. It’s a way to show your students …to prove to them…they can do it! They are mathematical thinkers – mathematicians.