by C. Elkins, OK Math and Reading Lady
You know I am a huge advocate of doing daily number talks. I have written several posts about this which I will link below. But how can you conduct a number talk via Zoom or whatever platform you are using? Here are some suggestions.
- Post a problem on your screen. Write it horizontally (so as not to immediately suggest it should be solved via the standard algorithm).
- Ask students to show a way they might solve the problem. Using a marker (so the end product will show up when displayed), students work on their whiteboards or notebook paper tablet.
- Give a reasonable amount of time (depending on the grade level and the problem given). Teacher can even play some soft background music to signal time to start working.
- Students signal with a thumbs up when they are done (on their screen or in the chat box).
- The teacher can interject he/ she would love for some of the students to share their thinking, so when they are done and waiting for the others, think mentally on how they might explain it.
- With a signal to end working time, students then hold up their whiteboards.
- The teacher can select some to share (or students can volunteer) showing the different strategies used. The teacher can model the strategy on his/her screen as the student verbally describes it.
- Different strategies can be recorded on an anchor chart for future reference.
Here are some links from my Number Talks posts.
- Number Talks Part 1: Subitizing and Number Bonds with KG-1st
- Number Talks Part 2: Strategies and Decomposing with 1st-3rd
- Number Talks Part 3: Computational Strategies Grades 3-5
Professional Development Opportunity
As you know, I have been working as an educational consultant the past five years — job-embedded professional development with elementary teachers regarding math and reading instructional strategies. With the COVID-19 nightmare, schools are closed in most locations. School administrators are hesitant to commit to job-embedded consultants right now because there are so many uncertainties. However, if you as a teacher or parent are interested in private one-on-one online consultation visits with me, I am available to help you reach your instructional goals. We will work out a plan that is easy on your budget and schedule. Contact me via the comment box with a brief request and I will email you privately.
What can we work on?
- Reading strategies (phonemic awareness, phonics, cueing and prompts, comprehension, text structures, fluency . . .)
- Math strategies (subitizing, number sense, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, place value, rounding, fractions, geometry, . . .)
- Interpreting data
- Writing and spelling
- Other topics you don’t see here? Just ask.
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