Saturday, December 17, 2016

Number Talks!

On Friday we had a special guest, Ms. Pike, come in and do a "Number Talk" with our class.
We have started incorporating Number Talks into our routine 2-3 times per week.
Currently, Ms. Pike has been teaching a class of teachers, including me,  how to use Number Talks. We we were all excited to have her spend some time with us.

What is a Number Talk?
A Number Talk is a short, ongoing daily routine that provides students with meaningful ongoing practice with computation. This quick routine helps students develop computational fluency because the expectation is that they will use number relationships and the structures of numbers to add and subtract.

Number Talks do not replace current curriculum or take up the majority of the time spent on mathematics. They take only 10-15 minutes.

Ms Pike displays an image, using 2 "ten-frames." Students take the time to determine how many dots there are in all. They indicate that they have an answer by giving a "thumbs up." 

Before asking for strategies, Ms. Pike asks for the answer and records it.

Children share their strategies and Ms. Pike records their thinking on the board.