TEACHER TRAININGWhat Do You See? Math Talks

How can young students become the drivers of their own learning?

What do you See? Math Talks invite children to discuss in small groups whatever they see in a picture, drawing, or model.

Students become teachers when they share what they see with the class. The “audience” listens carefully to identify math words that the “teachers” use to describe what they see.

Math words are recorded in the “I heard a Math Word” vocabulary box. And students are invited to discuss again what they see using math terms.

This cycle of observing -> sharing -> discovery is repeated until all students have worked together to describe the mathematics of the situation!

I was impressed by Marcia’s passion and dynamism, by the classroom management techniques she had embedded in her program, by the quality of her instructional materials, and by her refusal to sacrifice high-order conceptual knowledge for rote memorization in teaching and learning. Daft is, without question, an extraordinary presenter. What is more extraordinary, however; is how Daft’s excitement and skill for teaching mathematics transferred to our teacher population.

Deborah Bloch   |   Mathematics Curriculum Coordinator, Greenville MS

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Students look at pictures or objects and describe what they see, learning how to use math terms to describe the mathematical elements of every situation. Kids start by taking turns coming to the board and sharing everything they notice. As the teacher gradually introduces math terms, students refine their observations, slowly zeroing in on the mathematics of the situation.

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