Math Talks and Estimation

In the past, I set up a lesson, slapped a “Do Now” in the beginning that activated prior knowledge and jumped into the lesson.  This year I decided to attack the math sense skill deficiency.  I have been starting the lesson with a variety of math talks and estimation.  All or the students love them and have them getting more engaged into mathematics.  Estimation180 by Andrew Stadel is a huge hit. My personally created Dot and Shape talks are right up there as well.  I have transitioned over to keynote for all of my presentations and set up the shape and dot talks to last for 3 seconds and then the students have to draw the shapes.  I will be building a library over time for public use once I set up the copyright stuff on the blog.  While I may have lost an easy transition to the new topic, I have definitely gained energy and, I believe, long term gains in math sense.

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