Chapter 4 Summary
My Big Takeaway
Ways to Use this New Knowledge to Support Our Students in the Classroom
- Number Talks: Jo Boaler describes them as “appreciating the connected, conceptual nature of mathematics” Number talks require students to describe how they solved an abstract problem mentally. After collecting multiple students’ methods, the class then explores how and why the strategies work. I wrote an entire series about using number talks in the classroom when I participated in a book study focused on the book, Making Number Talks Matter. Read the series here.
- Greg Tang: His collection of books is fantastic for helping students build numeracy skills. Through his picture books, students learn how to group numbers to flexibly count the number of items in his colorful pictures. My favorite book is The Best of Times. It helps students discover strategies for mastering basic multiplication facts. Explore the online version here. I also wrote a post about how I used his books to help my students develop computational fluency skills. Read the post here.
Developing strong number sense is an important way to help students become more successful math students; however, in order for students to be truly successful, it must be accompanied by a mathematical mindset.
- Boaler, J. (2016). Mathematical Mindsets. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass