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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Big Ideas About Math Education: Using "Talk To Me" To Teach The Language of Math!

By Derrick Brown (Email) (follow on Twitter @dbrowndbrown)

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We conclude our "Big Ideas About Math Education" series with the language skill-building game "Talk To Me".

This FREE 24-page guide introduces teachers to playing "Talk To Me" in their classrooms! Download it at http://bit.ly/tpt_uttt!

Table Of Contents

About The Author 3
Big Ideas About Math Education 4
About Talk To Me 4
What Are Talk To Me's Rules? 5
How Was Talk To Me Created? 6
How Can I Use Talk To Me In My Classroom? 18
How Can I Get My Own Copy Of Talk To Me? 23


About "Talk To Me"

Language (how we use words and sounds to communicate) and discourse (verbal expression in speech and writing) are more important than vocabulary (knowledge of words).

"Talk To Me" is a game show (in the tradition of Taboo and Pictionary) that requires teams of contestants to build language and discourse skills by guessing vocabulary terms from verbal and/or pictorial clues presented by a single teammate.

The clue giver is provided with the term's formal definition (which does not always help)!

Teams take turns giving and guessing clues for 30-90 seconds per round. The game host and commissioner decide the actual length of each round, as well as the number of rounds per game. At the end of the game, the team that guessed the most terms correctly wins!

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