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. 5, January

Horizons: A Mother-Daughter Mathematics Club
The idea for organizing a mother-daughter Saturday mathematics club came from readings that one of the authors did for a graduate course in elementary mathematics curriculum. As a third-grade teacher, Boling was startled by Boswell's (1985) claim that...
How Do Children Know That What They Learn in Mathematics Is True?
Because ... I also have faith in my teachers that they are teaching me the right thing. A fourteen-year-old girl One of the distinctive marks of mathematical thinking is that we do not need to rely on memory or authority to know whether or not...
Math by the Month: Light the Math Within
These "Math by the Month" activities are designed to appeal directly to students. Students may work on the activities individually or in small groups, or the teacher may use them as problems of the week. No solutions are suggested so that students...
Measuring Hot Chocolate. (Problem Solvers)
PROBLEM Austin had a bunch of friends over for a day full of sled riding and snowball fighting. At different times throughout the day, the friends had to take a break, go inside, and warm up. Austin's mom had cocoa mix and warm water waiting. For...
Problem Solving and At-Risk Students: Making "Mathematics for All" a Classroom Reality. (A Teacher's Journal)
For two years, I taught in an affluent suburban school in one state where the children had the advantage of family and school experiences that encouraged their questions, ideas, and experimentation. Their experiences with books, travel, museums, dinner...
Readers' Exchange
Kid Quotes We at NCTM occasionally receive cute mathematical things that children have said. Since we enjoy them so much, we thought that these comments might make a nice addition to our "Readers' Exchange" department. If you have interesting or...
Responses to the Coloring Tetras with Two Colors Problem. (Problem Solvers)
The problem appearing in the January 2001 "Problem Solvers" section was stated as follows: While working with connecting cubes, Rachael became interested in how different the same configuration of cubes looked when the colors were rearranged. She...
Stories Invite Children to Solve Mathematical Problems
One important recommendation of Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (NCTM 2000) is the need to involve students in problem solving. One way to understand the term problem solving is to examine two aspects of the process: (1) teachers' creating...