Saturday, July 30, 2016

Number Talks

During the 2014-15 school year I was able to participate in a book study about Number Talks. It was amazing. I'm going to give you a quick intro to what I learned during the study, and how I've used it in my classroom since then. I really wish I had a video to show you of my students doing a Number Talk but I didn't take ANY video of my teaching last year!? I will try to link some youtube videos that I have seen of Number Talks in action!

Anyway... Here is the book: 


The newest version is $60... but you can get older versions for a lot cheaper! The newest version comes with a DVD (maybe the older ones do too?) which really helped me to understand how to facilitate a Number Talk. 

So the idea is that you, the teacher, facilitate a discussion with your students about math. The key to facilitating this is to give your students the language to use during a Number Talk and then to back off and let them discuss. Teach students the framework of a Number Talk, including hand signals! 

Hand Signals that I use:
I'm still thinking about the math = fist by their heart
I have an answer = thumbs up by their heart
I have more than one strategy = hold up fingers by their heart
I got the same answer (me too) = this is ASL for 'me too', make your hand into a "Y" and move it from your chest outwards

Teach students the phrases you want them to use including vocabulary: solve, sum, difference, addend, count on, count all, 

Teach students the names of tools and strategies that will help them to get to the answer. At a 1st grade level, many of my students worked hard to solve it in their head by the end of the year, but during the year, we learned how to use and later visualize tools like a ten-frame, rekenrek, abacus, counters, etc. 

Topics can range from numbers/numerals, number identification, addition, subtraction, patterns, or anything else you might want to focus on in math (reminder, I teach first grade, so my experience is doing Number Talks at a lower-el level, but you can absolutely do these with any grade). This book actually gives you ideas for LOTS of Number Talks with your grade level, which I think is so helpful. 

So.. here is a video that might help you to see what a Number Talk might look like:

This video is a little quiet, but it does a really nice job of showing a Number Talk.

Here is another good video from YouTube:

At the start of my school year, depending on my students, I will start by showing them 5-frames or 10-frames and asking them to subitize the dots. My goal will be for them to use strategies besides counting all. 

Once my school year gets rolling, I will write more about Number Talks and add some video from my own classroom. 

Feel free to comment with questions or remarks about Number Talks!!

I'm back!

Hello!! Apparently I took a little break from blogging, FOUR years?! A lot has changed in the past four years but not my love for teaching 1st graders. This year I'm hoping to get back into the tech-side of being a teacher that I used to love: blogging, classroom website, student tablets/apps, etc. 

I'm going to work to revamp my blog a little bit, but I have completely forgotten how to work this thing. I'm sure Blogger has changed a bit too. But it's like riding a bike, right? 

Let me fill you in on a little bit about me, now! 

I turned 30 just a few weeks ago!! Woo hoo! I'm not big into numbers so the only reason it bothered me (a little bit) is that S, my hubby, is 2 years younger, so he is still a youthful twenty-something ;)

My ADORABLE baby girl just turned one! How can it be, one already?? She's amazing, and I absolutely love being a mom to Little Miss. It is the greatest thing that has happened to us. 

I have not been on my TPT site as a seller in a long while... I just went through today and made everything FREE. I know there are things that need to be updated but I figure I'll get to that later this year :) 

I'm looking forward to the upcoming school year but I'm also a little apprehensive. I'm so grateful to be continuing to teach my favorite grade, FIRST, but there are a lot of other changes happening. My grade-level team is changing a little, which always makes me anxious (not sure why, in 7 years, I have only once had the same team of teachers to work with); we are also getting a new principal and secretary! Woo, big changes!!

What kind of changes are you excited/nervous/anxious/apprehensive about for this school year?

Leave me a comment to let me know!! :) Hope you're having a great summer!