Last spring, as we were working through the following Number talk 72 – 38, students offered the solutions of 46, 44, 56, 34 and after writing them down I turned around to face the class and was about to pose a question to the class when a student said, “I know what question you are going to ask.”
I gave the class a moment to think about what question or questions might I pose based on the solutions given by the class.
Students offered up the following questions:
“Is the answer reasonable?” and “Why might someone get the answer of 46?”
As I reflected on the day and in particular this number talk, I realized that it might be time to turn my facilitator role in Number Talks over to my grade two students.
When I brought the idea forward the next day, some my students were excited, some nervous and some scared. We talked about what it might look like for a peer to be the facilitator and that this opportunity was totally optional. We decided that once a week (usually Mondays) we would have a student facilitate the Number Talk and if you wanted to be the facilitator you needed to fill out the brief sign-up sheet to help ensure the number talk string was purposeful, answer any questions students may have and support them in any way.