MMC Virtual Meeting
Jackie Palmquist
“5 Surprising Benefits of Number Talks in Secondary Math Classrooms”
May 14, 2021; 7:00 pm

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It is 7 minutes into the start of an Algebra 2 class. Not one student has pulled out a pencil, a notebook or a chromebook. It’s the best math class I’ve observed all week: students are talking more than the teacher, describing their thinking, listening to their peers and owning their knowledge. Why? The students are engaged in a Number Talk – a short mental math routine in which students describe, decipher and defend their ideas about a single prompt. Number Talks are not a speed test for mental math, but a routine that encourages creativity, builds deep understanding and elicits student thinking. Together, we will do real Number Talks so you can experience the surprising benefits yourself. Leave your calculator and pencils at school!

Jackie Palmquist, is the chair of Mathematics for Metea Valley High School, Indian Prairie School District 204, in Illinois. With a passion for teaching and leading she ensures that ALL students have access to high quality math education. She volunteers, presents and leads with local, state and national math organizations. In her 3 years as Director of Professional Learning for NCSM, the premier mathematics leadership organization, Jackie has led events focused on leading in mathematics through a lens of equity and social justice in mathematics teaching as well as building leadership through math coaches. 
Jackie is also the author of Number Talks for secondary book series Her work and collaboration with secondary teachers supports and promotes Number Talk routines for easy teacher implementation.  Her passion to share the power and benefits of this routine drives her to present and build meaningful professional development in person and virtually. She has led and presented both locally and nationally on the benefits of Number Talk routines
for all learners.  Jackie earned a bachelor of mathematics education from North Central College, a masters in
educational leadership from Aurora University and is a National Board Certified Teacher.

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