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The Number Talks Network: Addition

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Event description

'Number talks are the perfect start to any maths class. They are like no other teaching method I know. Many important maths activities require a lot of planning and an hour of teaching time, but Number Talks are different. In a very short span of time, teachers can provide students with some of the greatest opportunities - they can: 

  • change their view of mathematics
  • teach them number sense
  • help them develop mental maths skills, and, at the same time,
  • engage them in creative, open mathematics.' 

- Jo Boaler

This event is for:

Primary classroom educators who are: 

  • new to number talks and want to learn more
  • think they are using number talks but aren't sure because of all the variations around!
  • already using number talks and want to refine their practice

Together we will:
  • distinguish the classic number talk from other talk routines involving number
  • observe number talks that focus on addition, in action 
  • consider what makes an addition strategy 'efficient' 
  • reflect on teacher moves and how they may help and hinder learning in number talks 

Date & Time:

Thu 16th Mar 2023, 4:00pm AEDT; 3:00pm AEST; 3:30pm ACDT; 1:00pm AWST; 6:00pm NZDT

    Cost to attend: 

    Ticket prices range from $5 to $20. Pay what you can and know that all ticket proceeds go toward running costs for keeping active and growing. 

    Session Facilitator:

    Alex Box, Primary Educator, Education Researcher and Project Manager at

    Alex identifies as a 'formerly maths-anxious student and teacher' and is passionate about sharing teaching approaches that not only transformed her teaching, but her own relationship with mathematics. She is the founder of Maths Play, a global education research project working to better understand play, and leverage these understandings to create positive maths experiences for learners. She works collaboratively with teachers via a school pilot program, mentors pre-service and graduate teachers, and works with various organisations and schools.

    Professional Learning Standards:

    Teachers may be able to count this session as a professional learning hour. This will depend on the regulations of the institution you are registered with.

    Relevant AITSL standards:

    • 1.5 Differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities
    • 2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
    • 2.5 Literacy and numeracy strategies
    • 3.3 Use teaching strategies
    • 3.5 Use effective classroom communication
    • 3.6 Evaluate and improve teaching programs 
    • 4.1 Support student participation
    • 6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice
    • 7.4 Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities

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