Same or Different – Day 7

How are these pictures the same? How are these pictures different? This routine of same or different allows students to compare two things, looking for how they are similar and how they are different. Students start by thinking and studying this picture – noticing and wondering how these images are the same and how they are different. Then students share, verbalizing what the see being the same and different. Students learn how to share and talk about math in a way that is fun and engaging. They also see how different students see the world by listening to what they … Continue reading Same or Different – Day 7

Supporting Mathematical Thinking

Welcome to ways to support mathematical thinking during these uncertain times. I believe that one of the most important things that we can do is to encourage mathematical thinking. During this time at home, there are a lot of different ways to do that. I am hoping to share a few of them & hoping that you will share what you are seeing and learning. From these experiences, my hope is that you may change how you view math from a set of rules to a way of thinking. As a coach, I am finding that my work is changing. … Continue reading Supporting Mathematical Thinking

What I Noticed doing Number Talks

In our district, we have been pushing Number Talks as a strategy to get students (and teachers) thinking mathematically.  The beauty of Number Talks is that the focus is on how the student is thinking, not on the answer.  Being a math mentor teacher for special education teachers, this is one strategy that I can model fairly quickly for teachers.  Here is what I have noticed doing them:  No matter what, I cannot predict all of the strategies.  I have tried to plan by predicting their strategies how I am going to record their thinking – especially trying to bring … Continue reading What I Noticed doing Number Talks