Anything that gets students using more vocabulary is going to catch my attention, and Sara VanDerWerf’s (@saravdwerf) recent post has done just that. This post was actually a guest post on Sara’s blog. The author, Ole Rapson, highlighted a new routine she and other teachers are experimenting with that they call Tally Talks, where students get together and solve a problem while using specified vocabulary in their responses. One student explains how to use it using the vocab given, while the other marks off when the words are used.
A feature of this post that I really enjoyed was the author’s highlighting of the evolution of the activity and its various tweaks. I could totally see this basic idea being utilized in so many ways to fit many different situations. Students will be talking and writing math more using this simple routine, and it seems that you get a lot of bang for your buck with this one. I can’t wait to try it myself in the fall!
~ by Matthew Engle (@pickpocketbme)