You're well-versed on the #mtbos
One major advantage of living in today's connected environment is the opportunity to lean on--and learn from--people from around the world about what they are doing to improve. For math teachers, there are so many free resources available online and you've likely heard of most of them. In case you haven't, take some time and head over to classroomchef.com/links and see what the Math Twitter Blog-o-Sphere has been busy creating.
It never hurts to ask and that's exactly what I did when I reached out to Andrew Stadel to share how he uses Estimations with his own children. Next, Fawn Nguyen stepped up and shared how she has used Visual Patterns with her students, knowing that the concepts can easily be taken into the home environment. Mary Bourassa stepped up and shared how Which One Doesn't Belong can be used, and Nat Banting chimed in with the applications of Fraction Talks. Annie Fetter came in strong with her thoughts on Notice and Wonder, then Christopher Danielson topped it all off with a foreword that everyone should read.
If you already know the MTBoS and have taken these six professionals' ideas into account when bringing math to the table with your children, then I will say that Table Talk Math is not for you.
You're already having math-based conversations
Geoff Krall put together an in-home summer math camp with a whiteboard schedule a couple summers ago and I thought it was one of the coolest ideas. He had mapped out intentional conversation starters for (almost) the entire summer to encourage his children with something math-y and the link above is really worth digging into.
Summer is the big one because our kids are home for such a long stretch of time, but there are opportunities throughout the year to engage our children in meaningful math chats, and that's what Table Talk Math is all about. If you're already doing that and comfortable with the ideas you're using, then the book is probably not for you.
Your kids are now adult kids
Well, because I will always be an older version of that young and energetic kid that my parents still have pictures of on the walls of their home, starring in their home videos stacked on the shelves, and homemade crafts still sitting on their nightstands.
And, because of that, my parents still work with me, talk with me, and learn with me. We still play games, we still solve puzzles together, and we still challenge each other with new ideas. The conversations are a little bit different, a whole lot more complex, and have much fewer right answers, but the premise of conversation as a driving force of bonding is still as strong as ever.
If your kids have grown up to be adults, forgotten how to be a kid, and you treat them as such, then I can tell you that Table Talk Math isn't for you. Or maybe it is if you're reading this and thinking that you want some of those memories back.
You don't have any money
Ok, it's all good. So maybe you have to hold off on the book, but did you know that I also send out a free weekly newsletter to parents?
Yup! Sure do! And I think you should sign up, then tell all your friends about it.