Tuesday, November 12, 2013

What do you notice? Prepping for Math Talk

I've started using Google conversation/writing threads to foster community, develop writing skill, and share ideas. I post a thread or presentation and invite all the students in.  Each child adds to the thread with a post. I offer a comment or place a "sticker" on the page to respond to the child's work.  Children who are uncomfortable with the share may write their own document.

This week I'll post the math chart below and ask students to share what they notice.  This thread will help students to prepare for Friday's Math Talk, an introduction to multiplication facts, multiples, and factors.  I know that I don't like to attend a talk cold, instead I like to warm up to the idea with pre-reading, writing, and thought.  This thread will give students the same opportunity.  I'm excited to see what happens.

Students will comment on a thread similar to the chart below to prepare for Friday's Math Talk.
Students will add to the Google doc during homework time and class tech time.  I will print and hand out copies of this document to support our Friday morning Math Talk.