When I reflect back to the beginning of the school year, this same student wasn't able to explain her thinking in this much detail. As I shared in my post last week, intentional planning is the core of effective instruction. Creating opportunities to give students a chance to explore their knowledge of numbers in and out of the classroom grows their sense of numbers. This in turn, leads to amazing number talks. As many of you prepare for the close of the 2017-2018 school year, think of some ways that you can give your students a chance to discuss/analyze numbers as well as engage in activities dedicated solely to building number talks. And remember to hang in there these next few weeks, you can do this...now go out there and be GREAT!