# Making Number Talks Matter

## Developing Mathematical Practices and Deepening Understanding, Grades 4-10

Making Number Talks Matter is about the myriad decisions facing teachers as they make this fifteen-minute daily routine a vibrant and vital part of their mathematics instruction. Throughout the book, Cathy Humphreys and Ruth Parker offer practical ideas for using Number Talks to help students learn to reason numerically and build a solid foundation for the study of mathematics.

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Making Number Talks Matter is about the myriad decisions facing teachers as they make this fifteen-minute daily routine a vibrant and vital part of their mathematics instruction. Throughout the book, Cathy Humphreys and Ruth Parker offer practical ideas for using Number Talks to help students learn to reason numerically and build a solid foundation for the study of mathematics. This book will be an invaluable resource whether you are already using Number Talks or not; whether you are...read more

Inside every number calculation are buried the seeds of algebra. This wonderful new book shows how to use Number Talks to grow those seeds and meet the challenges of the Common Core. Cathy and Ruth have given us a wise and practical book on how Number Talks can help solve some of the most pressing problems facing schools.

Phil Daro

member of the Common Core Standards writing team

#### Cathy Humphreys

Cathy Humphreys is currently a doctoral student at Stanford University, where she studies mathematics teaching and learning.

#### Ruth Parker

Ruth Parker is a former classroom teacher and has spent over twenty years leading professional development for math teachers in grades K-12. She is currently the CEO of the Mathematics Education Collaborative, preparing the next generation of mathematics teacher leaders for Washington state.

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Foreword: The Wonder of Number Talks by Jo Boaler
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. What Are Number Talks? Why Are They So Important?
2. Getting Number Talks Started
3. Guiding Principles for Enacting Number Talks in the Classroom
Prelude to Operations
8. Making Sense of Fractions (and Decimals and Percent)
9. Number Talks Can Spark Investigations
10. Managing Bumps in the Road
11. Moving Forward
Appendixes
References
Index