Math Talks

Math talks help
students actively develop new ways of thinking about numbers. Math talks
encourage students to use their prior knowledge about math, make meaningful
connections to mathematical problems and communicate their mathematical
understanding in a clear and concise way.

Math talks are
extremely accessible, help develop growth mindset, and allow for the
participation of learners of all ability levels. One of my favourite Number
Talk websites was developed by educator and mathematician, Mary Bourassa. The
number talks she, and other collaborators have developed ask students to use
their knowledge of number sense to determine which of four numbers does not
belong. What is amazing about this
exercise is that ALL students, regardless and ability can engage in this type
of rich and open discussion. Answers can be incredibly simple or more
comprehensive and nuanced.

These talks are a
great way of determining a students level of comfort with different curriculum
strands, encourages class discussion and helps a teacher determine a students
depth of mathematical understanding.

http://wodb.ca/numbers.html

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