TEACHER TRAININGWhat Do You See? Math Talks (Pre-K & Kindergarten)

Imagine math lessons that specifically avoid direct instruction, but instead invite children to simply share what they see.

Our youngest learners enjoy standing in “teacher position” and sharing what they see with the class.

With time, turn-taking, careful listening, and gentle teacher prompting, even young children can construct their own meaning of mathematical models.

About this Workshop

Do you want to help all students, even our youngest learners, become active participants in their own learning? Are you looking to incorporate meaningful learning conversations into your math time?

What do you See? Math Talks invite students to look at pictures, drawings, or models and freely discuss what they see. “Student Teachers” take turns describing what they see while the “Audience” carefully listens to identify math words. These math words are displayed in a Language of Math box. Through the gradual introduction of math terms, students refine their observations to describe the mathematics of the situation.


Grade Level: Pre-K - K

Workshop Time: 3 hours

Workshop Setup

  • LCD projector and Screen

  • Speakers

  • Chairs arranged in a semicircle facing the screen

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