The Importance Of Math Talk
The stage must first be set to provide an environment so students feel safe in sharing their ideas. They need a place where they feel safe talking about mathematics. This will only happen if there is trust within the classroom. Affecting the ways ideas are exchanged and developed, math talk supports a social learning environment for children. It creates a community of encouragement, respect, and exchange of ideas.
Having conversations in mathematics help students better understand concepts, realize there may be more than one way to solve a problem, increase their confidence …show more content…
organize and consolidate their mathematical thinking through communication;
2. communicate their mathematical thinking coherently and clearly to peers, teachers, and others;
3. analyze and evaluate the mathematical thinking strategies of others; and
4. use the language of mathematics to express mathematical ideas precisely.
Math communication has shown to help promote student understanding, mathematical thinking, and problem solving skills (Lee, 2015). Using math talk provides the opportunity for students to develop a deeper understanding through communication. Either in whole class discussions or within small groups, students learn how to communicate and defend ideas. It also provides for students to analyze and evaluate the mathematical reasoning of their peers. Whether working through a problem within a whole class setting or small groups, one way to help guide math talk is through Thomas’ (2006) THINK framework: Talk about the problem. How can it be solved? Identify a strategy to the