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Thinking About Mental Math Skills

 

Using Friendly Numbers – Marion Small (1:23)

Facilitative Prompts

  • Prior to viewing: What comes to mind when you think about how a specific task impacts learning? What would an educator be thinking about, doing, modelling and observing with students throughout the learning process?
  • While viewing the video: What do you notice the teacher doing? What are the students doing? How does the instruction promote these behaviours or support understanding?
  • After viewing: What key ideas emerged for you? What further learning might you and your school community engage in regarding strategies or processes that deepen understanding of number?

 

Strategies for Mental Calculation – Cathy Fosnot (2:46)

Facilitative Prompts

  • Prior to viewing: What are some ways your students develop a solid understanding of number? How might mental math strengthen student knowledge and skills in this area?
  • While viewing the video, what new learning is emerging for you? What questions do you have? What resonates, connects with your understanding, or challenges your thinking?
  • After viewing: What are some possible next steps for you, your students, or your school community, based on the messages shared here? What are the key ideas that will continue to inform your work with students in order to continue building proficiency with numbers? Why are these important?

 

Using Mental Math in Proportional Reasoning (3:00)

Facilitative Prompts

  • Prior to viewing: When students work strategically with numbers, what might you see, hear, notice in their learning? Thinking about progressions of learning and concepts of number, what are some important aspects that come to mind?
  • While viewing the video: What new ideas emerge for you? What questions do you have?
  • After viewing: What are the key ideas that will continue to inform your work with students in order to continue building proficiency with numbers? Why are these important?