When students have meaningful conversations about math and use math vocabulary, they develop the thinking, questioning, and explanation skills needed to master mathematical concepts. As a 10- to 15-minute discussion, math talks challenge students to use specific math language to share their strategies, which promotes Mathematical Flexibility, and to express, and in turn develop, their number sense.
Watch how this first grade teacher uses a number talk to promote Mathematical Flexibility. As students explain their strategies for arriving at a particular answer, they build their Language Skills and mathematical reasoning.
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