Notice and Wonder

  • What is Notice and Wonder?

    When students become active doers of mathematics, the greatest gains of their mathematical thinking can be realized. The process of sense making begins when we create classrooms full of curious students' thoughts and ideas.

    By asking "What do you notice? What do you wonder?" we help our students see problems in big-picture ways.  

    Self-confidence, reflective skills, and engagement soar, and students discover that the goal is not to be "over and done," but to discover multiple strategies for tackling a problem.

    Check out Episode 2 and Episode 3 on the NCTM YouTube Channel!

    Notice and Wonder Digital Assets

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    NCTM is pleased to expand this concept through the introduction of two mathematics-loving characters:
    Notice, the snail, and Wonder, the owl.

    Explore the world with these two friends discovering that math is all around them. Notice and Wonder provide fun and engaging mathematics prompts to spark the sense of curiosity that leads students to understand that math is everywhere!   

    NCTM members Click Here for the full library of digital assets!

    Notice and Wonder Resources

    Are you looking for ways to spark interest and build anticipation in your math lessons? Discover how you can use Notice and Wonder routines in your classroom using the resources below! 

    Putting Notice and Wonder into Practice

    Notice and Wonder Webinars

    Notice and Wonder Classroom Resources


      Notice and Wonder Backgrounds

      These free Notice and Wonder digital assets are available for use in your online classroom. Use these pieces to enliven your Zoom meetings and classroom learning management system. 

      NCTM Members Click Here for more free Notice and Wonder Teaching Aids. And don’t forget to visit the NCTM bookstore for more Notice and Wonder products! 


      Animated Zoom Background  

      Delight your students with an animated background of Notice and Wonder exploring a classroom! Designed to be entertaining but not distracting, let Notice and Wonder help keep your students’ attention on you.


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      Multi-platform Snowflake Backgrounds

      Let it snow! Dive into the beauty of a winter wonderland with this captivating set of Notice and Wonder snowflake backgrounds, perfect to chill up your online classroom. 


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      Notice and Wonder Frost Zoom Background

      Embrace the magic of winter this season with this cool frosty backdrop from Notice and Wonder. It will be the perfect “ice-breaker” for your virtual world.



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