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

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

by Cathy Humphreys, Ruth Parker

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625310194
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
Publication date: 04/21/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 577,970
File size: 21 MB
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About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Foreword: The Wonder of Number Talks Jo Boaler vii

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 What Are Number Talks? Why Are They So Important? 5

Chapter 2 Getting Number Talks Started 11

Chapter 3 Guiding Principles for Enacting Number Talks in the Classroom 25

Prelude to the Operations 33

Chapter 4 Subtraction Across the Grades 37

Chapter 5 Multiplication Across the Grades 59

Chapter 6 Addition Across the Grades 79

Chapter 7 Division Across the Grades 93

Chapter 8 Making Sense of Fractions (and Decimals and Percent) 107

Chapter 9 Number Talks Can Spark Investigations 133

Chapter 10 Managing Bumps in the Road 163

Chapter 11 Moving Forward 177

Appendix A 183

Appendix B 185

Appendix C 187

References 195

Index 197

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