# 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.

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## Articles from Vol. 3, No. 2, October

Direct Modeling and Invented Procedures: Building on Students' Informal Strategies
Young children commonly solve mathematics problems by directly modeling the action or relationship described in the problem. They do not need to be taught how to use direct-modeling strategies, nor do they need such often-assumed prerequisite knowledge...
Encouraging Young Children to Solve Problems Independently
Recently when two kindergarten children shared the same birthday, the teacher posed this mathematical problem: "If I made a cake for Matthew and another for Madeline, how many candles would I need?" After a few moments of struggling with this problem,...
Fourth Graders Invent Ways of Computing Averages
Children easily learn the conventional algorithm of averaging: to find the average of a set of numbers, such as 80, 90, 94, and 100, just add the four numbers and divide the total by four. However, the authors are working on an approach to mathematics...
Pablo's Tree: Mathematics in a Different Light
My third- and fourth-grade students began to look at mathematics in a different light after we read Pablo s Tree (Mora 1994). It is a story about a young Mexican boy named Pablo. Every year, in celebration of Pablo's birthday, his grandfather makes special...
Picket Fences
The "Investigations" department recognizes the importance of children's exploring hands-on and minds-on mathematics and, therefore, presents teachers with open-ended explorations to enhance mathematical instruction. These meaningful tasks are designed...
The Inside-Out Box: An Analysis of Structures and Space
The NCTM's Standards address the need for children to develop spatial sense and explore the effects of transforming, combining, subdividing, and changing geometric figures (1989). Yet our students show weakness in these skills when compared with children...