Teaching Children Mathematics

Teaching Children Mathematics is a monthly (August through May) journal published and owned by The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics whose headquarters are in Reston, Va. It has been published since 1994. Written for mathematics teachers, Teaching Children Mathematics covers mathematics education through the middle grades. This journal provides educators with teaching techniques for mathematics education and focuses on developments in curriculum, instruction, learning and teacher education. Its region is the United States. The February 2006 issue of Teaching Children Mathematics featured an article titled "How Many Days 'til My Birthday? Helping Students Understand Calendar Connections and Concepts." This article described a new approach to instructing kindergarteners about the representation of time through calendars. The October 2010 issue looked at building word problems by using students' own experiences. The journal's regular departments include "Math by the Month" and "From the Classroom." Pamela Halonen is the Editor and Gretchen Mui and Luanne Flom are Contributing Editors.

Articles from Vol. 8, No. 2, October

Accelerated Math Kit
Accelerated Math Kit, 1998. $1899. ISBN 100968C. Renaissance Learning, P.O. Box 8036, Wisconsin Rapids, WI, 54495-8036, (800) 338-4204, www.advlearn.com. This software is designed for mathematics management, that is, to let teachers print out individualized...
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Clearing Up the Confusion over Calculator Use in Grades K-5
Since the publication of NCTM's Principles and Standards for School Mathematics in April 2000, considerable discussion has taken place about "key messages" of the document. The breadth of the content of Principles and Standards may hamper attempts...
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Connecting Mathematics Instruction with the Families of Young Children
During the past four years, we have worked closely with our students' families, making efforts to get to know them better to improve classroom instruction in a multiage primary school classroom of six- to eight-year-olds. Through improved instruction,...
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Eenie, Meenie, Minie, Moe ... Building on Intuitive Notions of Chance
Recently, I overheard a conversation between our two boys, ages 3 and 6. Conversation may not be the best word to use under such circumstances, however, because the dialogue seemed more like a manipulation than an exchange of ideas. Two sets of hands...
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Learning with Games of Strategy from Mongolia
Students can derive many benefits by learning about games of strategy from diverse cultures. First, playing games of strategy and solving mathematics problems share several important features. Both activities have clearly defined goals, as well as...
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Let's Eliminate Fractions from Primary Curricula!
School mathematics curricula should focus on mathematics content and processes that are worth the time and attention of students. NCTM, Principles and Standards for School Mathematics As the statement above shows, Principles and Standards for...
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Pumpkin Puzzler
Farmer McMahon plants seeds in the spring to grow pumpkins in time for Halloween. Each 1 of his seeds can grow 5 to 6 pumpkins. Even though he takes good care of his pumpkin patch by adding fertilizer and weeding throughout the summer, not all his...
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Readers' Exchange
Modular Arithmetic I am a professor of mathematics at California State University--Chico. I am also the mom of two boys, ages 9 and 11. Of course, they have been exposed to mathematical ideas on a continual basis from the time they were born, and...
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Responses to the No Pegs Allowed Problem
The problem in the October 2000 "Problem Solvers" department was stated as follows: Gigi was making triangles on a geoboard. She made the triangle shown and was surprised that none of the geoboard's pegs was inside her triangle. When she shared...
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The Early Childhood Mathematics Collaborative: Communities of Discourse
At 6:45 in the morning on the first day of the Early Childhood Mathematics Collaborative, I arrive at Jessup Elementary School and am greeted by several early kindergartners: "Hey, Mrs. Copley, is everyone coming?" "Where have you been? Hey, our class...
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The Fine Art of Mathematics
The "Math by the Month" activities are designed to appeal directly to students. The activities could be used with students individually, in small groups, or as "Problems of the Week." No solutions are suggested so that students will look to themselves...
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