What Do You See? Math Talks
Students observe, discuss, and describe what they see
learn moreWhat do you See? Math Talks is an arts integration program that trains K-2 teachers to observe and describe pictures as a way of developing mathematical language. In this teaching strategy, students are not sitting and listening. They are active participants in their own learning! And the children’s meaningful conversations guide each step of the teacher’s math instruction.
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. After the Audience identifies a math word, the teacher writes it in a Language of Math box. The teacher may refer to the students’ words or sometimes add a new word to the Language of Math box. Through repeated practice using these math terms, students slowly refine their observations and zero in on the mathematics of the situation.
Grade Level: K - 2
Workshop Time: 3 hours
LCD projector and Screen
Speakers
Chairs arranged in a semicircle facing the screen
Moving Through Math provides professional development workshops for STEAM educators eager to bring the benefits of arts integration into their classrooms.
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