Number Talks

Number Talks were created by Kathy Richardson and Ruth Parker in the early 1990s to engage students in meaningful mathematical discourse and sense-making as well as transform the culture of the classroom to one of inquiry and curiosity.

What is a Number Talk?

A Number Talk is a short, ongoing daily routine that provides students with meaningful ongoing practice with computation. A Number Talk is a powerful tool for helping students develop computational fluency because the expectation is that they will use number relationships and the structures of numbers to add, subtract,

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 Schedule a Number Talks Course in your District

To schedule a Number Talks: Thinking With Numbers K-2 or 3-6 course in your district, contact us at (360)715-2782 or email Sheryl Russell at

Contact Sheryl Russell for information on Number Talks in the Primary Classroom and Number Talks in the Pre-Kindergarten Classroom by Kathy Richardson and Sue Dolphin.