I welcome and value your positive energy and dedication to excellence in education, and I look forward to working with you and your children.
April brings us to our third and final term of the school year. It is key for students to finish off the year strong by reading and writing after school whenever possible. School Commons Area have purchased several new books for students to sign-out and take home to read.
I would like to thank all of our parents for being vigilant with the COVID protocols and keeping your child home if they are sick. Please continue checking the COVID-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist every morning.
Supporting your child in Math through Number Talks
Many of our Brentwood teachers are using “Number Talks” to help children become flexible thinkers.
A Number Talk is a 10–15-minute discussion aimed at building number sense. The teacher poses a computational problem and students determine the answer using mental math strategies. Then the teacher records the strategies as students share their thinking.
For example, a teacher may write 9+8 on the board. Common student responses might include:
- I know 8 plus 8 is 16, so one more is 17 (use doubles)
- I know 9 plus 9 is 18 so one less is 17 (use doubles)
- Ten plus 8 is 18, but I only have 9, so I need to subtract 1 to get 17
Another example is 251X4
- I know 25 59 75 100 but its 250 so its 1000 but I add 4 so I rounded down
- I know 200X4=800 50X4=200 add together
- I know 250+250=500+500=1000 instead of 251 so I would have added to 1 4 times
Number Talks help students build a toolbox of efficient thinking strategies. It encourages them to focus on number sense, rather than quick answers. We always let children know mistakes are opportunities to learn!
You can watch our weekly announcements by subscribing to the Brentwood Elementary School YouTube channel. Announcements will be available every Monday morning where Mr. Roper and I will touch on up-and-coming events for the week.
Thank you for your continued support. Please fill free to contact your child’s teacher or the office if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from our families.
Take care and stay warm.
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