I am hosting again for our Making Sense of Math Series and this weeks topic is

Reasoning Strategies

This one can definitely be a tough one for our kindergarten students. Many are still just learning the concept of numbers and grasping the basic understanding of what comes next. So how do we teach them strategies that will help them with problems?

First of all

Build a DEEP understanding of Number Sense

Marilyn Burns says,

"Number sense essentially refers to a student's "fluidity and flexibility with numbers."" (Gersten & Chard, 2001)

Students with a strong number sense can "think and reason flexibly with numbers, use numbers to solve problems, spot unreasonable answers, understand how numbers can be taken apart and put together in different ways, see connections among operations, figure mentally and make reasonable estimates." (Burns)

Sounds like a lot doesn't it!

Here is a video I found that shows how great it is for students to learn about numbers in a variety of ways.

This is just a simple glance at what we can do to show our students different ways to learn.

This video is one that I can't WAIT to try this year. What a great way to make number sense fun!

Again, these are just simple ways to help develop number sense.

As number sense grows, you will see students vocabulary and discussions about numbers improve. I love Number Talks and they are so much more meaningful when the students are providing the answers and guiding the discussion. But we have to be there with logical questioning to keep things moving and to get their mind to think about other things.

Guess what they do when they have to switch gears like that - REASON!

I love to model my reasoning for students from day one and eventually give it to them to explain their reasoning for their answers.

It all starts in kindergarten and remember reasoning can be as simple as something inductive like what number does not belong? what number does not make sense?

Again, these are just simple ways to help develop number sense.

As number sense grows, you will see students vocabulary and discussions about numbers improve. I love Number Talks and they are so much more meaningful when the students are providing the answers and guiding the discussion. But we have to be there with logical questioning to keep things moving and to get their mind to think about other things.

Guess what they do when they have to switch gears like that - REASON!

I love to model my reasoning for students from day one and eventually give it to them to explain their reasoning for their answers.

It all starts in kindergarten and remember reasoning can be as simple as something inductive like what number does not belong? what number does not make sense?