“It’s like going deep and teaching every aspect of the vocabulary, not only what it means but what it looks like,” says Stadnick.
As Stadnick explains, reading a Mathology Little Book usually takes her class a solid 45 minutes. That’s because of the rich conversations initiated by the two math-focused questions on each page of the book. “The kids are working on their vocabulary and sharing out loud, they’re able to vocalize and build on each other’s conversations.”
“While we’re working together and reading the books together, students learn from each other. One child may only see a colour pattern but the next child sees the letter pattern. So it allows kids to hear each other think, and then helps us to work on different vocabulary words together like “repeating.”
With a better understanding of Math vocabulary, Stadnick says she’s noticed a big improvement in students’ ability to vocalize their thinking.