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January 25-26, 2019
Venue: American International School
Chennai, India

Sherry Parrish

Author and Mathematics education consultant.

Full Bio

SHERRY PARRISH is best described as “a teacher of teachers.” With over 35 years in the field of education, her experiences as a classroom educator, university professor, and national and international speaker focus on teaching and learning mathematics through inquiry.

A recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching, Dr. Parrish currently serves as an author and mathematics education consultant.

She is the author of the AEP Distinguished Achievement award-winning book, Number Talks: Helping Children Build Mental Math and Computation Strategies and the AEP Golden Lamp winner, Number Talks: Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages.

Institute Description

Number Talks: Moving Beyond Telling - Math Instruction in the Elementary School

(In coordination with NESA's Math Collaborative)

The most recent PISA (2015) results continue to confirm that the lowest achievers in mathematics are those that memorize procedures. In contrast, the highest achievers focus on looking for and making mathematical relationships to solve problems. How can we shift our mathematics teaching practice to provide access and numerical fluency for all students?

In this two-day institute we will investigate the implementation of Number Talks (a 5-15 minute classroom conversation around purposefully crafted computation problems that are solved mentally) as a change agent for shifting our beliefs and practices about teaching and learning mathematics through memorization to building student understanding and fluency using mathematical relationships.

Participants will take part in whole number and fraction Number Talks, rehearse planning and facilitating small group Number Talks, and develop a framework for implementation.

Target Audience: Grades K-5, Mathematics Coaches

Continuum Level: 2, 3

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Participants will:
  • understand the principles and theory of Number Talks;
  • develop computation and reasoning strategies for whole numbers and fractions;
  • examine their role as facilitators in shifting the classroom culture from passive to active learning; and
  • develop a plan of implementation for Number Talks in their schools.


Save paper and effort where possible!

For your convenience, and to support our efforts in being "green", all handouts/files posted here have been notated with an A, B, C or D indicating the following:

(A) hardcopies needed at workshop
(B) electronic version on laptop is sufficient (for viewing during the workshop)
(C) required reading PRIOR to the workshop
(D) file not needed for workshop itself, but simply material of additional interest/reference

(A) Number Talk Planning Guide

(A) Dividing the Land