Number Talks: A Great Tool to Promote Number Sense in Young Mathematicians How Do We Record Students' Thinking During Number Talks? Writing student names besides their strategy promotes student ownership and encourages peers to remember the strategies shared by their classmates (Figure 4). Figure 4. Students' names are used to identify their strategies Here are some steps to follow when recording student responses. 1. Ask for answers. 2. Record all answers given. If an answer is repeated, record a check by the answer. 3. As students share strategies, record the strategies in an understandable way and record the student's name. 4. Optional: Record the name of strategy the student is using (such as Make 10s). What Have We Learned from the Process? Number Talks have changed our daily routines for the better! The process offers a great start to our mathematician's workshop and encourages students to start thinking critically and communicate their thinking with others. Number Talks allow the teacher to better assess students' number sense skills and fact fluency, as well as to better frame which students might need additional support with computation concepts. Number Talks develop our students' ability to think flexibly and efficiently with numbers and number relationships. Because of the environment in which students feel safe to take risks and make mistakes, students are excited to learn from each other and more willing to try new strategies learned from their peers. It is amazing to see the different ways students think, and express themselves when given the opportunity! When scribing strategies, it is important to record them clearly and exactly as the student is explaining (Figure 5). In Figure 5, Martin shows a "friendly 10" or "10 amigable," Galilea made "doubles" or "dobles," and Oscar used "compensation" or "compensaciĆ³n" to solve 9+7+2 Jessica Garza * JGarza1@pasadenaisd.org Mathematics Campus Coach Williams Elementary School, Pasadena ISD Mindy Cantu * MiCantu@pasadenaisd.org Mathematics Teacher, Grade 2 Williams Elementary School, Pasadena ISD See these books for more about Number Talks: Humphreys, C. & Parker, R. (2015). Making number talks matter: Developing mathematical practices and Deepening Understanding, Grades 3-10. Portsmouth, NH: Stenhouse Publishers. Figure 5. Strategies may be named, such as "dobles" or "10 amigable" www.txmathteachers.org Parrish, S. (2010). Number Talks. Sausalito, CA: Math Solutions. Fall/Winter 2020 | 21http://www.txmathteachers.org

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