What is ‘number sense’?

July 13th, 2011

We recently sat down with Jessica Shumway to ask her about her new book, Number Sense Routines.

In the first part of our interview with Jessica, she defines number sense, talks about why it’s difficult to assess it, and how a lack of number sense can hinder students in reaching their potential in math. In the second part,  Jessica explains how the routines in her book help teachers learn about students’ mathematical thinking over time, and how math talk with peers can encourage reluctant math learners.

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  • 1. Emily Batista  |  July 15th, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Special needs students take informed risks and become more efficient learners with procedural practice and established routines for acquiring new skills. Jessica Shumway’s message in Number Sense Routines is clear and her ideas are easily integrated into standards-based practices. I related to the case studies she cited, and reflected on how to incorporate her suggestions. Last year was a new school for me. Early in the year my K-2 resource room students were given the opportunity to name and draw their strategies for counting.They were able to refer to/recall the strategy (“Jeremiah’s Sucker Machine Strategy”) and engage in meaningful math conversations and activities. It’s a powerful message we send when a learning partner proclaims his expectations, “..We think and talk like mathematicians and we use lots of strategies!” Number Sense Routines offers a powerful tool for teachers to revisit their instructional routines to help all students acquire the essentials of number sense skills.

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