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. 6, No. 6, February

A PARENT'S PORTFOLIO: Observing the Power of Matt, the Mathematician
As the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics seeks to enhance connections among home, community, and education, perhaps more attention should be paid to the contributions that parents can make to demonstrate the growth of students' mathematical...
Children as Mathematicians
How do young children engage in the work of mathematicians? What characteristics do these young mathematicians exhibit? How can teachers nurture the mathematical skills, dispositions, and attitudes of all their students? These are among the many questions...
Children's Inventions for Multidigit Multiplication and Division
Children can invent their own methods for solving multidigit multiplication and division problems without learning the conventional algorithms that we normally teach them. Strong arguments can be made for the importance of encouraging children to invent...
Creating and Developing Promising Young Mathematicians
The student most neglected, in terms of realizing full potential, is the gifted student of mathematics. Outstanding mathematical ability is a precious societal resource, sorely needed to maintain leadership in a technological world" (NCTM 1980, 18)....
Designing Questions to Encourage Children's
Our thanks to Kelly Bixler, a second-grade teacher in the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District, and Laura Gann, a third-grade teacher in the Carroll Independent School District, Southlake, Texas, and their students for their contributions...
How Many Spots Does a Cheetah Have?
Mathematicians pose problems; they predict outcomes, collect data, offer conjectures, and share strategies. Mathematicians "do math"; they use tools--for example, calculators, rulers, and Unifix cubes. Mathematicians communicate; they "talk math" and...
Investigating Mathematics as a Community of Learners
Creating a learning environment in which teachers engage students in meaningful mathematical tasks and encourage them to actively explore and discuss mathematics is essential in developing the inquisitive minds of young mathematicians (NCTM 1989, 1998)....
Nurturing the Voices of Young Mathematicians with Dyads and Group Discussions
Mathematics is for all children. All children have "mathematical promise" and the potential to be young mathematicians. As educators, our challenge is to create classroom environments that nurture the mathematical thinking and communication of all...
Read Any Good Math Lately?
The "Math by the Month" activities are designed to appeal to students, who may work individually or in groups. No solutions are suggested so that students will look to themselves as the mathematical authority to develop confidence in their work. ...
Teacher-Clinicians Encourage Children to Think as Mathematicians
Educators generally accept the broad goal of providing a comprehensive mathematics education for all children with no exceptions (NCTM 1998; New Jersey Mathematics Coalition and New Jersey State Department of Education 1996). Even in standards-based...
Teaching Young Mathematicians: The Challenges and Rewards
How does a teacher recognize young mathematicians? What is the teacher's role in developing mathematicians? We asked ourselves and a group of other kindergarten teachers these questions as part of a professional development project titled Implementing...
The Mathematician as a Child and Children as Mathematicians
Are all children potential mathematicians? What can we do as teachers to help our students appreciate what mathematics is and what mathematicians do? As current president of the Mathematical Association of America, I field many questions about the...
The M.O.O.K. Book: Students Author a Book about Mathematics
Fostering positive feelings toward reading and books is an all-encompassing goal of elementary school teachers. Frequently, however, little attention is given to promoting positive attitudes toward mathematics. I began the school year looking for a...
The Role of Tasks in Developing Communities of Mathematical Inquiry
As the third millennium approaches, efforts to improve mathematics instruction and assessment continue. We have made progress in enriching students' mathematical experiences, and the lessons we have learned from the past are reflected in the latest...
What Can You Measure?
The goal of the "Problem Solvers" department is to foster improved communication among teachers by posing one problem each month for K-6 teachers to try with their students. Every teacher can become an author; pose the problem, reflect on your students'...