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Math Talk

One of my goals for this school year is to create opportunities for my students to talk about math.  As I am going through a lesson, I have students do practice problems.  I will ask them to do a problem and then check with their neighbor to see if they got the same answer.  When the answers do not match, the students will figure out which one is incorrect and that involves math talk.  

I have also tried to incorporate some group work into my lessons.  Sometimes we spend two days on a lesson that is quite difficult.  We do the first day as an instructional day and spend the second day in groups working on problems.  I want the groups to try to answer any questions that arise without my help.  If the group is completely stuck, then they may ask me.  When the students have to explain math to each other, they retain the information.  I really enjoy walking around the classroom on these days just listening to the math conversations.  I need to continue to find more ways to create math talk in my classes.  I believe it is a huge benefit to the students.  


The Central Lyon Community School District offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study: Business Education, Family & Consumer Sciences Education, Industrial Arts Education and Vocation Agriculture Education. It is the policy of the Central Lyon Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. Inquiries or grievances may be directed to the Superintendent, Central Lyon CSD, 1010 S. Greene St., Rock Rapids, IA 51246, (712) 472-2664, superintendent@centrallyon.org. Please see District Board Policies for additional information on grievance procedures.