Building Fluency Through Number Talks

First things first…

This is a virtual experience. You will need to use the Zoom platform on your computer, coupled with a working webcam and microphone, to fully engage with this experience. If you have any technical difficulties you should reach out to your facilitator ASAP. Please plan to arrive at least 5 minutes before the session begins to account for any technical difficulty.

Session-Specific Information: For relevant assignments, links, and resources, please see the appropriate headings under each session. These will be updated prior to each session.

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Login Address: https://teachforamerica.zoom.us/j/2040787348

Call-in Number (Optional): 646-558-8656 or 408-638-0968

Meeting ID: 204 078 7348

Collaborative Work Space: https://goo.gl/5kdV4T


Student and Teacher Series Outcomes:

Students will make sense of arithmetic problems as they arise in context. Students will flexibly engage with arithmetic, rather than immediately resorting to confined and often arbitrary algorithms.

Teachers will understand and incorporate daily number talk routines into their classrooms. Teachers will directly and equitably address student fluency gaps by building opportunities to discuss and learn for all students through number talks.

Session 1: The Fragility of Student Ownership

Monday, January 30, 6:00-7:30 PM

Assignment

  • We have an amazing new web meeting app that we will use starting this quarter, Zoom. Make sure that you download this software ahead of time!
  • Learn about the general procedure of a Number Talk by reading this excerpt from Making Number Talks Matter.
  • Answer the relevant questions in the collaborative work space by EOD Sunday, 1/29.
    • Have you ever conducted a Number Talk or a similar routine?
    • What is your reaction to the general procedure for Number Talks? When considering the goal of this series for us to be regularly engaging in this activity with students, what is currently on your mind?

Outline 

  1. Open – An Introductory Number Talk
  2. Discuss – The fragility of mathematical authority
  3. Discuss – Number Talk Benefits and Priorities
  4. Learn – Getting Started with Number Talks
  5. Commit – Our First Number Talks

Session Resources

Session 2: Beyond Operations – Sparking Investigations

Monday, February 13, 6:00-7:30 PM

Assignment

  1. Use our shared reflection log to plan and conduct your first number talks (recommended, at least 3 Number Talks before next session. Ideally 5 or more).
  2. Record a brief reflection on how it went and what you’ve learned from that day in our Reflection Log. Email your coach about the days that you plan to be conducting upcoming Number Talks, and ask if they would like to visit on any of those days!
  3. Ethan will look at your log and send a check-in email by 2/8

Outline 

  • Reflect – Our FIrst Number Talks
  • Learn – Multiplication Number Talks
  • Learn – Making Sense of Fractions
  • Commit – Evolving our Number Talk Practices
  • Closing – Investigations and Bumps in the Road

Session Resources

Session 3: Managing Bumps in the Road

Monday, February 27, 6:00-7:30 PM

Assignment

  1. Use our shared reflection log to plan and conduct more number talks, potentially diving into multiplication and/or fraction sense (recommended, at least 3 more Number Talks before the final session. Ideally 5 or more).
  2. Record a brief reflection on how it went and what you’ve learned from that day in our Reflection Log. Email your coach about the days that you plan to be conducting upcoming Number Talks, and ask if they would like to visit on any of those days!
  3. Ethan will look at your log and send a check-in email by 2/24 (so have some done before then!)

Outline 

  • Open – Number Talk Showcase
  • Share – Our Progress and Challenges
  • Learn – Sparking Investigations
  • Collaborate – Bumps in the Road
  • Closing – The Home Stretch

Session Resources

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