This month, Transformation Tuesday will feature math routines that can be used to boost student achievement. Last week, I talked about starters, critical thinking activities designed to get your students thinking about math and provide opportunities to “sneak” in grade level content and skills in a fun and engaging way. Missed it? Check it out here!
This week, Transformation Tuesday is featuring number talks, a classroom routine that requires students to demonstrate flexibility in working with numbers and solving basic problems without using paper and pencil to find the solution. Number talks require students to be flexible in their thinking about numbers and operations. In addition, students increase their ability to articulate their thinking and refine their mathematical communication skills through the use of number talks.
While I have been unknowingly using number talks in the classroom for years, I recently participated in a book study with teachers across the country focused on the book Making Number Talks Matter by Cathy Humphreys and Ruth Parker. The book was an enlightening experience as helping my students develop flexibility with numbers is a yearly goal of mine and this book described an easy-to-follow routine and is full of ideas and resources to use immediately in the classroom. While reading the book, I wrote a series of chapter summaries that included visuals to support teachers who may be interested in using number talks in their classrooms. (Read the series here.)
Today, I am the guest blogger for Rachel Lynette’s Minds in Bloom, so hop on over to read “Getting Started with Number Talks” and learn more about this amazing routine! Then, be sure to stop by The Routty Math Teacher Store to grab a free e-book full of resources to help you get started on your number talks journey. Happy Reading!
Sound Off! What math routines do you use?