## Reflection: Shared Expectations What Were They Thinking?! - Section 3: Number Talk

Many of my students just wait to be told what to do and how to do it so they can practice the prescribed method without taking the time to understand it. But when we do Number Talks with mental math my students are generating the number properties of addition themselves, describing the patterns and relationships, and explaining not only why it works, but why it helps. It helps them connect to their own intuition about math and pay attention to the relationships between numbers and the flexibility in operations. I think Number Talks is one of the most effective ways of elicit multiple methods and to get students to articulate their reasoning. It gives validation to all strategies and allows students to work at their level of comprehension. I found that students who had already seemingly given up on their math abilities were inspired by Number Talks to reengage.

Students in drivers seat
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# What Were They Thinking?!

Unit 1: Order of operations & Number properties
Lesson 8 of 9

## Big Idea: Students will start to generalize a variety of strategies to uncover the number properties of addition.

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Math, commutative property of addition, associative property of addition, Number Sense and Operations, Operations and Expressions, identity property of addition, Mental Math, additive identity, number talk
54 minutes

### Erica Burnison

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