Sense Making? Aren’t We Already Doing That In Literacy?

Annie Fetter

• 3–5 Session

Thursday, October 22, 2015 | 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Room 302 (Atlantic City Convention Center)

The very first Common Core mathematical practice, “Make sense of problems,” includes many ideas that have long been foci of literacy instruction. Yet when “math” starts, both teachers and students often leave those good habits behind. We’ll look at examples of this and explore how to translate literacy routines into good mathematical practices.

Presentation Slides [pdf]
Handout [pdf]

My thanks to everyone who came!  In addition to watching (and sharing) the five-minute version of this session below, I encourage you to take advantage of these resources:

  • Read the compilation of the tweets posted during the session.  Fun reminders!
  • Joe Schwartz’s Blog – Joe is an elementary math specialist in central New Jersey. He blogs about using Noticing and Wondering at his school, among other things, and I’ve pointed you to a N&W Sampler that he wrote last January.
  • Do check out the rest of my Ignite talks, available from the link right below.  Ones I mentioned in the session include “Ever Wonder What They’d Notice (If Only Someone Would Ask)?” and “The Hurrier I Go, the Behinder I Get”.

This session is basically the long version of this Ignite talk from the 2015 NCTM Annual Meeting:

Annie Fetter

Annie Fetter

Annie Fetter is the longest-tenured staff member at the Math Forum (which is now part of NCTM) and has worked at the Math Forum since before the Math Forum existed (that takes us back to before 1992). She worked on the project that produced the first version of the Geometer's Sketchpad® dynamic mathematics software and worked as a consultant for Key Curriculum Press for many years. Her current work focuses on the development of children's problem solving skills and increasing their willingness to engage in and make sense of mathematics. Her first Ignite talk, “Ever Wonder What They'd Notice? (if only someone would ask),” has been watched more than 19,000 times.

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