Miss Didier is piloting a different math program this year and it is fascinating to watch what these 7-year-olds can do! Students in first grade are discussing different types of subtraction equations. On student notices that the equation 8-3=5 has the same numbers as 8-5=3 but are in a different order. Another student notices that the equation 9-7=2 can also be written 2=9-7. What’s more amazing is that by using their strategy of drawing and crossing out circles, the class is able to determine that 8-3=7-2 is a true statement. Daily, students make observations and talk about their understanding of math concepts. Here is an example of math talk where Connor explains his strategy for deciding that one of the equations on his worksheets is false.