Making Number Talks Matter is about the myriad decisions facing
teachers as they make this fifteen-minute daily routine a vibrant 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 a primary, middle years, secondary school or tertiary-level 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 student, 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 curriculum standards
to life and to bring joy back into your instruction – this book is for you.