Sunday, June 10, 2012

Number Talks

Well, it's summer and that is usually my time I try and read up on some great teaching strategies I can implement for next school year. Our school bought us the book Number Talks by Sherry Parrish.  I have to admit, I've had it on my shelf at school for a couple of months....... I decided to pick it up today and start reading. One of my collegues heard of this book through our county trainings and we quickly grabbed it up.

The best part about this book is that it comes with videos of  REAL classrooms and REAL teachers implementing the strategies discussed. I'm totally hooked but a little nerveous. As I read through this book I want to give you all an idea of the purpose and ideas in this book.  Just as a disclaimer, I haven't been asked to promote this book...I just love the ideas and wanted to. :)

Number Talks: Helping Children Build Mental Math and Computation Strategies, Grades K-5

Number Talks.....
* Get away from standard algorithm
* Students defend their answers with strategies
* Reasoning & proof
* Connections between problems
* Fluency doesn't mean timed tests
* Mental Math
* Talk, talk, talk, talk.....

This list goes on.....

Here is the first idea I zoned in on...."Weekly Computation Assessment".  I thought.. "Okay...that's what I've beeing doing.  You know the traditional 100 problem timed test for each multiplication table..pass one to get to the next."  But that's not it at all.  The computation test talked about in this book is completely different.  Let me explain...

Weekly Computation Assessment should be 5-10 problems that are similar to the ones used during the number talks that have taken place during the week. Students are required to solve and defend problems in more that one way to show accuracy and critical thinking in the approach they take in solving. The thinking goes much deeper than just a single digit multiplied to a single digit. In the end students will be able to do more with this approach.

So do I completely get rid of the traditional timed test? To be honest that scares me a bit, because how do you explain that to parents? I'm not sure if I want to take that huge plunge or just try and incorporate both. Eeeeeek! Baby steps...baby steps...baby steps...

Here is an example:

7 x 12

Skip Counting

7, 14, 21, 28, 35, 42, 49, 56, 63, 70, 77, 84

Partial Product

7 x 12 = 7 x (10 + 2)
7 x 10 = 70
7 x 2 = 14
70 + 14 = 84

Using Known Facts

12+12+12+12+12+12+12
2x12 = 24
2x12 = 24
2x12 = 24
            72 + 12 = 84

At the beginning I know I'll have to really help the students make the connections. I can't wait to see what this blossoms into. Little do my own children know but they are about to be my little "Number Talk" experiments this summer.  Look for some examples to come your way of what we do this summer to get them ready for 4th and 6th grades.

 

27 comments:

  1. I worked with Sherry Parrish on math committees when she worked in my school system. She is FABULOUS. Our entire school system uses this approach. If you like this, you should check into the Investigations math program. I think Pearson is the company that sells it. Both of these styles of teaching will change how you think about how math should be taught and how children best understand number sense. Marilyn Burns books follow these same learning principles. Check them out, tool

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That is awesome that you were able to work with Sherry! I can't wait to try out the strategies mentioned in her book. :) I'm already hooke beyond measure.

      Delete
  2. I'm putting this resource on my book list! Looks great.


    Yearn to Learn Blog

    ReplyDelete
  3. Hi -

    I am planning on doing a book study on this over the summer beginning on May 27th. Would you be interested in joining me?

    Misty
    Think, Wonder, & Teach

    ReplyDelete

  4. تتميز الرحمه في تقديم جميع خدمات التنظيف مثل : تنظيف خزانات - تنظيف منازل - تنظيف بيوت - تنظيف شقق - تنظيف سجاد وموكيت - تنظيف مدارس ومساجد

    شركة تنظيف منازل بالرياض
    شركة نقل اثاث بالرياض

    افضل شركة جلى بلاط بالرياض

    كشف تسربات المياه



    كثيرا ما تحتاج شركة نقل اثاث عند شرائك اثاث جديد او عند تنقلك من منزل الى منزل اخر او من مدينة الى مدينة اخرى
    توفر الرحمة اسطول من سيارات نقل الاثاث الحديثة للحفاظ عليه من العوامل الطبيعية مثل الشمس او الامطار
    شركة تنظيف بالرياض

    تنظيف شقق بالرياض
    تنظيف فلل بالرياض

    إن كنت تعانين من مشكلة الحشرات في مطبخك وخاصة الصراصير، إتبعي نصيحة أطيب طبخة وحضري خلطات سهلة وطبيعية لتتخلصي منها بشكل نهائي وفعال.
    1- خلطة سحرية

    أخلطي القليل من حمض البوريك مع الدقيق والسكر البودرة ورشي الخليط في الزوايا، تحت الخزائن والثلاجة وباقي الأماكن التي تتكاثر فيها الحشرات. فمزيج السكر والدقيق كفيل بجذب الصراصير وحمض البوريك سيتولى القضاء عليها!
    2- تنظيف الأثاث الخشبي

    إهتمي بتنظيف الأثاث الخشبي في المنزل بعناية فالخشب يعزز وجود الحشرات وخاصة الصراصير وتكاثرها لذلك تأكدي جيداً من تنظيف هذا النوع من الأثاث.
    3- مزيج من الماء والصابون
    شركة مكافحة الحشرات بالرياض
    شركة تسليك مجاري بالرياض




    شركة تنظيف خزانات بالرياض
    شركة عزل الاسطح بالرياض
    افضل شركة تنظيف كنب بالرياض
    افضل شركة تنظيف موكيت بالرياض
    شركة تخزين عفش بالرياض

    وان كنت تريد ان تتخلص من الاثاث القديم الذي يسبب لك الازعاج فشركة الرحمة تقوم بشراء الاثاث الستعمل فهى افضل شراء اثاث مستعمل بالرياض

    ReplyDelete
  5. If you schedule your home changing with one of good packers and movers in Riyadh then it is for certain that you will have hassle-free relocation experience. You will have peace of mind. You will save your valuable money, energy and time. You will need to do nothing as all jobs associated with your move will be properly done and carried out by experts of professional movers and packers in Riyadh. Experts will pack your household belongings carefully and load them onto the truck for safe transport. They will use especially designed goods carriers or trucks to transport your possessions to your new destination door step. These people will also unpack containers and rearrange items at your new place. A good mover will also provide goods insurance policy along with service. Plus hence you will have good thing about insurance for your goods during transit. It indicates mover will cover the loss if your possessions are sadly damaged or lost in transit. So it is but apparent that selecting services of a good moving company in Riyadh will ease your entire moving issues whether you are shifting from one vicinity to another within metropolis of Hyderabad or transferring to a new city
    شركة تخزين اثاث بالرياض
    افضل شركة تنظيف بالرياض
    افضل شركة تنظيف خزانات بالرياض
    افضل شركة مكافحة حشرات بالدمام


    A move is only considered as a successful move when it’s guarded and superintend. Yes management is a key factor for a safe relocation. If you are planning for a moving and shifting, then you are supposed to be managed. And this management needs to be clearly reflected in your packing and moving. In case you are unable to spare adequate time for your managed move, then we would suggest you to go for the best remedy of that which is Removal Company.

    شركة نقل اثاث بالرياض
    شركة رش مبيدات بالرياض
    افضل شركة مكافحة حشرات وفئران
    افضل شركة تنظيف مجالس بالرياض

    شراء اثاث مستعمل بالرياض
    كشف تسربات المياه
    افضل شركة تنظيف منازل بالرياض

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
09 10 11 12
Blogging tips