I'm joining the 30 day blog challenge. I've needed the motivation! Today I want to put one of my goals for this school year out there. This way all my friends can help hold me accountable! One of my goals is to fine tune my Number Talks.
What is a Number Talk?
Number Talks are a fantastic way to increase your students flexibility with numbers. You may think you do number talks already...that's what I thought too. Then I was shown a video of Sherry Parrish (author of Number Talks) demonstrating it. I was blown away. It's mental math on steroids in only 10 minutes! My kids absolutely loved it.
How it Works
The teacher writes a number problem on the board. Students are given think time. When they have an answer, they give a thumbs up against their chest. The teacher then calls on various students to share their strategy. The amazing thing is that the kids learn the correct terminology for each strategy and are able to assist each other when someone struggles. (I recommend using a different color marker for each strategy used so kids can easily reference previous strategies.) Their confidence soars! Keep in mind that the whole process should last no more than 10 minutes. Here is a video describing Number Talks. Notice how the kids are able to articulate their thoughts (as short as the clip is) and help each other.
The Brain Connection
Another reason I like number talks so much is that allows students to practice holding information in their working memory. The more they practice, the better they get! Can you think of some of your own students that could benefit from that?
Want to know more?
You can get more information from Sherry Parrish's book, Number Talks: Helping Children Build Mental Math and Computation Strategies. One thing I appreciate about her book is the videos demonstrating number talks at all the different grade levels K-5. It is definitely worth the money.
For additional support I found a fabulous Number Talks Bundle (pictured below) created by All Sorts of Math on Teachers Pay Teachers. I'll be making good use of it! The super pack includes:
This super pack includes:
(1) Routine Picture Cards*
(2) Vocabulary Picture Cards
(3) Talking Frames*
(4) Number Strings
(5) Instructions & Number Sense Rationale*
There are 8 PDF files for each of the 8 Add/Subtraction Strategies:
(1) Addition w/ Doubles/Near Doubles - 3 Categories, 30 Strings
(2) Addition w/ Friendly Numbers - 3 Categories, 30 Strings
(3) Addition w/ Compensation - 3 Categories, 27 Strings
(4) Addition w/ Place Value - 3 Categories, 27 Strings
(5) Addition w/ Adding Up in Chunks - 3 Categories, 27 Strings
(6) Addition w/ Making Tens - 3 Categories, 30 Strings
(7) Subtraction w/ Adding Up - 3 Categories, 27 Strings
(8) Subtraction w/ Removal - 3 Categories, 27 Strings
|Click here to go to the Number Talks Bundle|
That's one of my goals for the year...what is one of your goals?