After a lot of Pinteresting and blog reading over the summer, I came across Talking Points on cheesemonkey wonders blog. I am so excited.... I love this idea but I know that my students need more structure. So I have taken this idea and tweaked it so that it would be more structured and therefore more effective with my students.
The first thing I did was make a Let's Talk Math Guidelines page for their Interactive Math Notebook. I will use this to introduce my students to "Math Talk" in their collaborative teams.
When prompted by the Team Mathematician, each team member will determine if they AGREE, DISAGREE, or are UNSURE. Each team member will choose a card from their "Math Talk" cards. When it is their turn to say whether they AGREE, DISAGREE, or are UNSURE, they will hold up their card to the team and explain their thinking.
Saying: "I _______ because __________________________".
I love this idea because I know the students will like using the "Math Talk" cards. It will also help me see if they are having a productive "Math Talk" because I will be able to see the teams using their "Math Talk" cards. :o)
This is how I am going to start this year with my students and help them take their math discussions to the next level.
I am including the downloads for the files that I created.
Feel free to use, tweak, or modify my ideas. Or simply be inspired....
- Let's Talk Math IMN Page: PDF ~ Word
- Student "Math Talk" Cards: PDF ~ Word (Cut each card at 2.75")
- Fonts I Used Zip File