Sunday, 21 July 2019

Number Talks Workshop


During the holiday break we ran a workshop on Number Talks. This was attended by 30 teachers and principals from 10 schools as well as Maths advisors from the Wellington region. We wanted to share what we have been doing at Worser Bay because it has a big impact on student engagement and achievement. 

What does developing a Mathematical Community of Inquiry mean to us? 
  • Mathematics is a creative and challenging real world activity.
  • Positive beliefs about mathematical ability are essential.
  • Maths has to be visual and collaborative; with time and strategies to investigate, discuss, explore concepts and reflect.

At Worser Bay School, we have been inspired by the work of Jo Boaler who is a professor at Stanford University. She provides resources and ideas to help students get excited about Maths. 

"You have probably heard people say they are just bad at math, or perhaps you yourself feel like you are not “a math person.” Not so, says Stanford mathematics education professor Jo Boaler, who shares the brain research showing that with the right teaching and messages, we can all be good at math. Not only that, our brains operate differently when we believe in ourselves. Boaler gives hope to the the mathematically fearful or challenged, shows a pathway to success, and brings into question the very basics of how our teachers approach what should be a rewarding experience for all children and adults."

For a Number Talk to be successful, students need to be respectful in discussion. We have co-constructed (with our students) the rights and responsibilities for discussion in a Number Talk. 

This is how a Number Talk works...


We asked the students about Number Talks...



2 comments:

  1. Hi, would I be able to come and observe a maths number talk lesson? I'm a PRT and I am keen to observe teachers at other schools while I am able and my maths practice is my current focus.
    Thanks
    Frances

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    1. Hi Frances,

      Please send me an email nstevenson@worserbay.school.nz and we can figure something out.

      Cheers,

      Nic

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