**I've put the elevator speeches to rest. Today's two minute speech went well**... I think. As one event concludes, I'm excited to resume my ongoing thoughts about number sense and students.

**Working with teachers and students, I can't help but be inundated with thoughts**about things I miss, look forward to, and will be challenged with this year in and out of the classroom. However, there's one thing I crave more than anything else, and that's working with students, which usually entails having number sense conversations with students.

**Today, I had rich number sense conversations with students**in Math 7, Math 8, and high school Algebra classes. As I sit here and put the finishing touches on the slides for my upcoming conference workshop,

*Get Students to Argue in Class With Number Sense Activities*, I can't put to words how valuable it is to allow students to talk about math

*in*math class. That's an oversimplification, but we seriously need to provide our students with opportunities to talk to each other, even argue with each other. Mathematical Practice 3:

Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

**Steve Leinwand sums it up best:**

These nine words may be the most important words in the entire Common Core effort.

**Last December at CMC North, I was honored to give an Ignite talk**about something I'm passionate about: number sense and student conversations. It's titled:

*Number Sense: I Don't Like This Game Anymore.*

**Students are hungry for number sense conversations in math class.**

*I really do believe*. If you don't believe me, just put up this picture in your class and ask your students, "How long would it take to use all of

*that*?" Then ask them to convince you of their conclusion.

**As October quickly approaches,**I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming conference this school year. In the meantime, I hope to post more about number sense.

Number Sense,

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