Making Number Talks Matter: Developing Mathematical Practices and Deepening Understanding, Grades 4-10

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Stenhouse Publishers, 2015 - Education - 212 pages
Making Number Talks Matter is about the myriad decisions facing teachers as they make this fifteen-minute daily routine a vibrant and vital part of their mathematics instruction. Throughout the book, Cathy Humphreys and Ruth Parker offer practical ideas for using Number Talks to help students learn to reason numerically and build a solid foundation for the study of mathematics. This book will be an invaluable resource whether you are already using Number Talks or not; whether you are an elementary, middle school, high school, or college teacher; or even if you are a parent wanting to support your child with mathematics.

Using insight gained from many years of doing Number Talks with students of all ages, Cathy and Ruth address questions to ask during Number Talks, teacher moves that turn the thinking over to students, the mathematics behind the various strategies, and ways to overcome bumps in the road. If you've been looking for ways to transform your mathematics classroom--to bring sense-making and divergent thinking to the foreground, to bring the Standards for Mathematical Practice to life, and to bring joy back into your instruction--this book is for you.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
What Are Number Talks? Why Are They So Important?
5
Getting Number Talks Started
11
Guiding Principles for Enacting Number Talks in the Classroom
25
Prelude to the Operations
33
Subtraction Across the Grades
37
Multiplication Across the Grades
59
Addition Across the Grades
79
Number Talks Can Spark Investigations
133
Managing Bumps in the Road
163
Moving Forward
177
Appendix A
183
Appendix B
185
Appendix C
187
References
195
Index
197

Division Across the Grades
93
Making Sense of Fractions and Decimals and Percent
107

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About the author (2015)

Cathy Humphreys is currently a doctoral student at Stanford University, where she studies mathematics teaching and learning. She has taught grades 2-12 in the California public schools for thirty years, has worked as an instructor for the Mathematics Education Collaborative and for Math Solutions, and has served as a mathematics coach for the Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative. She is thecoauthor, with Jo Boaler, ofConnecting Mathematical Ideas (Heinemann, 2005).

Ruth Parker is a former classroom teacher and has spent over 20 years leading professional development for math teachers in grades K-12. She is currently the CEO of the Mathematics Education Collaborative, preparing the next generation of mathematics teacher leaders for Washington state.

She received her master's degree and her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. "Nothing is more satisfying than watching my students develop a sense of agency, a curiosity about new mathematical ideas, and an awareness that they have mathematical ideas worth sharing," Ruth says of her love of teaching.

Ruth loves to hike, especially in the Pacific Northwest, and playing with her grandchildren.

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