Many Ways To Solve The Same Problem


What’s A Number Talk?

There are many different ways to do arithmetic (adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing).  Different people use different strategies to help them answer questions.

Number talks are used so that students can show the strategy (strategies) that they used to answer a question.

The more ways you solve a question, the more sure that you can be of your answer.


-don’t blurt out your answer (wait for the “3-2-1”)

-don’t raise your hand (use fingers and thumbs instead)

-DO try as many strategies as you can