We have been working through Number Talks that was written by Carolyn Parrish. The Number talks take about 10 to 15 minutes to complete. It gives students an opportunity to practice their basic math skills mentally. We started with a pre assessment, where most students when explaining how they solved the problem used very traditional methods like lining up the numbers and carrying over a group of 10. Very few students broke down the number into its place value. Students are developing great strategies and it is an opportunity to talk about efficiency in the strategy that they use.
Our next step is to introduce Daily Math Activity (DMA) where students will have an opportunity to practice basic math skills through games and activities. As we find great games that support this we will share them in the blog.