Talk It Out!

Tip: Talk it Out!

How do I do it?
Model talking out/thinking aloud about math problems for your students.  Use and post helpful phrases like, “If...then...”  “If I know that...then I know that...”  “I think I need to...”  “The math tools I will need are...”  The steps I will take are..." “I understand... but I don’t understand this part:...”  Next, direct students to practice talking out a math problem with a partner, taking turns for a few seconds or minutes each.  As students work individually, encourage talking out/thinking aloud about math problems and solutions problems. Hint: Provide ELLs with sentences starters to help them get started and feel comfortable with this useful technique.

Common Core Mathematical Practice Standard 1
Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

Common Core ELA Speaking and Listening Standard 1
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen
Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen


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