Back Talk highlights the learning of one or two students and their approach to solving a math problem. Each article includes the prompt used to initiate the discussion, a portion of dialogue, student work samples (when applicable), and teacher insights into the mathematical thinking of the students. A teacher relates her one-on-one interview with a fifth-grade student who is asked to solve a word problem using mental math.
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Gary N. Utz, firstname.lastname@example.org, teaches fifthgrade math at A. S. Rhodes Elementary School in Front Royal, Virginia. He is interested in helping students develop a deep understanding of elementary school math by engaging learners in mathematical discussions.
Edited by Megan Kelly Murray, email@example.com, at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville; and Jane Moore, firstname.lastname@example.org, an associate professor at National Louis University in Chicago, Illinois. E-mail your insights into a student's mathematical thinking to email@example.com. Include Back Talk in the subject line. Find detailed submission guidelines for all departments at www.nctm.org/tcmdepartments.