Making Number Talks Matter

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.

Product DetailsMaking Number  Talks Matter
by Cathy Humphreys and Ruth Parker
Stenhouse
Retail Price: $23

Book Description: 

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.

Review

Making Number Talks Matter is a powerful resource to have in your teacher’s toolbox as they use Number Talks with their students. It provides  powerful strategies for building number sense and mental math fluency for students and how to make the best use of your instruction time.  It is helpful tool to analyze where a child’s “holes” are in number sense development, how to get them on the right track, and empower them.  I highly recommend it.

~Reviewed by Betsy H.

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