A number talk is a brief daily practice where students mentally solve computation problems and talk about their strategies. The talks help students to work flexibly with numbers and arithmetic properties, building a solid foundation and confident disposition for future learning.

*“Number sense is the most important foundation for students to have and is the basis for all higher-level mathematics.” *

*Jo Boaler*

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Number talks are the perfect way to begin your mathematics lesson. So what is a ‘number talk’?

A number talk is a brief daily practice where students mentally solve computation problems and talk about their strategies. The talks help students to work flexibly with numbers and arithmetic properties, building a solid foundation and confident disposition for future learning.

There are chapters on each of the four basic operations, plus one on fractions, decimals and percent. Each chapter has many carefully selected problems that straddle a wide range of year levels, numerous samples of student responses, and suggested prompting questions. There are multiple well-explained mathematical strategies, as well as teaching strategies and ideas for successful talks.

Get your students thinking and talking!