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Improving Fluency With Number Talks

3 Credits
Do your students struggle with math facts? Are you looking for practical methods that go beyond memorization? This online course will introduce you to number talks, a classroom routine that engages students in the use of strategies that support number flexibility and fluency. During number talks, students explore and discuss number structure and relationships for mentally calculating addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, percents and decimals. In this Common Core-based course, teachers will explore the rationale as well as specific tools for structuring number talks within mathematics instruction.


NOTE: Required textbook must be purchased separately.

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Candi Reimer

As a beginning mathematics teacher at an urban high school, I quickly realized that drawing on student interests and experiences was essential to engaged learning. This insight has guided my work in education as a K-12 instructional coach, a developer of mathematics curriculum, and an instructor of professional development. My courses aim to create space for teachers to gather around relevant ideas and practical experiences as they deepen their knowledge and professional practice. Course topics reflect the concerns and curiosities of practicing teachers, equipping them to directly apply learning to classroom teaching. I value the diverse perspectives that Fresno Pacific University students bring to the learning community, and I hope that participants in my courses will be as inspired as I have been by the ideas and dialogue generated here.