Number talks are informal conversations focusing on mental mathematics strategies. If used, they have an impact on elementary students´ mental mathematics abilities and problem solving strategies. Adopting brief number talks as an essential component of elementary mathematics curricula, allows students many opportunities to solve problems mentally and to discuss their reasoning.
Number talks have been used as a way to improve number sense and conceptual understanding while helping students see the relationships between numbers. Solving problems mentally and then discussing them in an open format, where the focus is on the process rather than the answer encourages learners to build on these number relationships to solve problems rather than to rely on memorized procedures.
Many of the number talks consist of three or more sequential problems. The sequence of problems within a given number talk allows students to apply strategies from previous problems to subsequent problems.
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