Ask. Listen. Learn.

A K–5 digital interview tool

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Interviewing students—asking them to do math without paper and pencil—has pushed me to learn more about how they reason numerically than I ever did before in my years of teaching. – MARILYN BURNS

Listening to Learn Interviews

The chart below displays how the 10 interviews are organized into four content areas. Teachers can choose the interviews they need to learn about their students.

Foundations of
Numerical Reasoning

INTERVIEW

1

Foundations of Numerical Reasoning

Addition &
Subtraction

INTERVIEW

2

Addition and Subtraction within 10

INTERVIEW

3

Addition and Subtraction within 20

INTERVIEW

4

Addition and Subtraction within 100

INTERVIEW

5

Addition and Subtraction within 1000

Multiplication &
Division

INTERVIEW

6

Foundations of Multiplication

INTERVIEW

7

Foundations of Division

INTERVIEW

8

Extending Multiplication and Division

Fractions &
Decimals

INTERVIEW

9

Foundations of Fractions

INTERVIEW

10

Fractions and Decimals

The Heinemann Podcast

Marilyn Burns talks about conducting math interviews with K–5 students.

About the Authors

Marilyn Burns smiling.

Marilyn Burns

Marilyn Burns is one of today’s most highly respected mathematics educators. Over the course of more than fifty-five years, Marilyn has taught children, led in-service sessions, spoken at conferences, contributed to professional journals, and written more than thirty books and resources for children and educators.

Lynne Zolli smiling.

Lynne Zolli

Lynne Zolli was a classroom teacher in the San Francisco Unified School District for over forty years and taught grades 1 through 6. She also was a mentor teacher, professional development leader, Math Solutions instructor, and conference speaker. Lynne is a grant writer, an author of Math Solutions professional books, and a co-author of Do the Math.