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making number talks matter – post #2

Posted on: December 29th, 2015 by jnovakowski

As outlined in my first post about the book Making Number Talks Matter, I am an advocate for the use of the routine or practice of Number Talks in classrooms to promote mathematical discourse, thinking, reasoning and justification. Over the last three years, I have “demo-ed” and been a part of number talks in many […]

number talks at Debeck

Posted on: November 30th, 2015 by jnovakowski

The Debeck staff is working together around a school goal involving increasing students’ engagement in mathematics and their ability to communicate their mathematical thinking. During our professional learning time together, we have looked at assessments the teachers have done with their students and analyzed the themes and findings across grade groups and across the school […]

making number talks matter – post #1

Posted on: October 10th, 2015 by jnovakowski 2 Comments

Since returning to my role as a teacher consultant in our district, I have been a huge advocate for Number Talks. I appreciate the focus on flexible thinking, number sense and how well they provide an opportunity for students to think about and practice mental math and personal strategies. Our current math curriculum as well […]

multiplication number talks at Byng

Posted on: March 7th, 2015 by jnovakowski

Last week I made one of my regular visits to the two grades 4&5 classes at Byng Elementary. For this set of number talks, we focused on multiplication facts and strategies the students could use to find other facts if they “knew” one related fact. For example, we began with 3×8 in one class (and […]

number talks

Posted on: February 7th, 2015 by jnovakowski

Last week I visited six classrooms in three schools to engage students in number talks and model this practice for teachers. At Byng, in the two grades 4&5 classes we focused on multiplication strings beginning with the fact, 8 X 7. Most students were able to call out the answer (56) and then we focused […]

big mathematical ideas for grades 6-9 2019

Posted on: May 30th, 2019 by jnovakowski

Similar to the K-2 and grades 3-5 big math ideas series, this year we offered a grades 6-9 series. For a variety of reasons, we were only able to hold one session in April. We focused on the big idea of computational fluency. Each teacher received the book Making Number Talks Matter by Cathy Humphreys […]

May thinking together: explain and justify mathematical ideas and decisions

Posted on: May 26th, 2019 by jnovakowski

This month’s curricular competency focus is explain and justify mathematical ideas and decisions. This curricular competency is the same across grades K-12 and is included in the Grades 10-12 courses with the addition of “in many ways“. This competency falls under the organizer of  “Communicating and Representing” is also connected to the Core Competency of Communication, particularly the […]

big mathematical ideas for grades 3-5 2019

Posted on: March 13th, 2019 by jnovakowski

This is the sixth year of this after school series that focuses on the big mathematical ideas encountered by teachers working with students in grades 3-5. This year this group met three times during term three. Our first session was on January 17. Each teacher received the professional resource Number Sense Routines by Jessica Shumway. […]

November thinking together: develop mental math strategies

Posted on: December 2nd, 2018 by jnovakowski

Develop, demonstrate and apply mental math strategies  is the focus of one of the Reasoning and Analyzing curricular competencies from grades K-9. For K-5 the focus is on developing mental math strategies as a means to developing fluent and flexible thinking with numbers. In grades 6-9 the focus is on demonstrating and applying these whole […]

school-based collaborative professional inquiry projects

Posted on: June 14th, 2018 by jnovakowski 1 Comment

One of the professional learning structures used in our district is collaborative professional inquiry based in schools. I collaborate with school teams that come together with a focused area of professional inquiry in the area of mathematical teaching and learning. I support the school teams through developing curricular and pedagogical content knowledge through mini-sessions and […]