Sense Making? Aren’€™t We Already Doing That in Literacy?

Annie Fetter

• 3–5 Session

Wednesday, November 2, 2016: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
204 C (Pennsylvania 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.

PDF of the Slides

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

Here are a few other resources you might want to explore.

  • 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 in January 2015.
  • Numberless Word Problems – Brian Bushart has done a great job blogging about and preparing numberless word problems, including the mouse problem we looked at during the talk.
  • Beth Brandenburg is a lead teacher in Washington County, Maryland, and makes a lot of use of Noticing and Wondering in her school (and her district – she used to be a district-level lead teacher). I’ve pointed you to a post she wrote in August 2015.
  • Try my sense-making experiment.
  • Do check out the rest of my Ignite talks.
  • Tweets posted about Noticing and Wondering, using the #NoticeWonder hashtag.
  • Eventually I’ll add a compilation of the tweets posted during the session, so chime in by tagging @MFAnnie and #NCTMRegionals in your tweets.
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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