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Seminar ImageNumber Talks: Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages

Recommended Grade Level: Grades K-5


Presented by professional learning specialists.

Special Note: A second Number Talks site-based learning option is available for Number Talks: Whole Number Computation.

Based on the book, Number Talks: Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages

Number talks are five-to fifteen-minute classroom conversations around purposefully crafted computation problems that are solved mentally. This one-day course focuses on number talks that build conceptual understanding of fractions, decimals, and percentages. Participants learn how to use the number talks routine to focus on essential numerical and procedural understandings and develop students' reasoning and fluency with fractions.

Learning Goals

After this course, participants will be able to:
  • Facilitate number talks to draw attention to students' thinking, bringing their reasoning to the forefront of the class.
  • Shift instruction about rational numbers from a procedure-and-rule-based focus toward sense-making and understanding.
  • Choose, analyze, and adjust tasks to accommodate students' varying levels of readiness.
  • Highlight contexts and models during number talks to develop and anchor flexible and efficient strategies for reasoning and computing with rational numbers.

Resources Needed

  • Number Talks: Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages by Sherry Parrish and Ann Dominick

Additional Coaching Sessions

Additional Number Talks coaching sessions may be purchased to meet identified customer needs, using these coaching practices:

  • Analyzing student work/data
  • Goal setting
  • Classroom visits with debrief
  • Collaborative planning
  • Model lessons
  • Co-teaching
  • Professional study


Download the agenda for this professional learning here.

For pricing information, please call 800.541.2086, ext. 1402.