January 26, 2016
These two first-grade teachers plan a visual number talk together using ten frames. After both try it, they reflect on the strategies that students used.
While differences exist between math and language arts, teachers can use similar strategies in teaching both subjects. "Math time is often serious and tense. Rigor and seriousness are essential, but so are the excitement and creativity that teachers generate when teaching language arts."
"I was taught algorithms in school," says coach Liz Avila. "There wasn't much thought that went into the math that I did." The Innovations project aims to alter this "plug-and-chug" method of problem solving, through strategies such as number talks and grade-level meetings.
This blog post provides some great ideas for first grade Number Talks sessions. These 10-15 minute activities can be centered around the rekenrek or dot cards and are designed to reinforce students’ understanding of number and quantity.
The Math Talk instructional strategy emphasizes spoken communication around a series of carefully crafted math problems. “They challenge my students to be more specific in their reflections,