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. 9, No. 6, February

Animalwatch. (Computer Materials)
Animalwatch, grades 4-6, 2001. Requirements: 64 megabytes of RAM, 50 megabytes of free disk space. Macintosh System 8.0 or higher; G3 processor or higher; Windows 95 or later. University of Massachusetts, Department of Psychology and Computer Science...
Computational Fluency, Algorithms, and Mathematical Proficiency: One Mathematician's Perspective
In recent years, few aspects of mathematics education have been as much discussed and debated as the notions of computational fluency and algorithms. A National Research Council report, Adding It Up: Helping Children Learn Mathematics (Kilpatrick,...
Computation Capers. (Math by the Month)
The "Math by the Month" activities are designed to engage students to think like mathematicians. The activities allow for students to work individually or in small groups, or they may be used as problems of the week. No solutions are suggested so that...
Developing Teachers' Computational Fluency: Examples in Subtraction
In the past, much of the discussion about elementary school mathematics revolved around arithmetic and children's facility with standard algorithms. Current recommendations, however, suggest that encouraging children to invent computational procedures...
Discussion as a Vehicle for Demonstrating Computational Fluency in Multiplication
Mathematics learning is both about making sense of mathematical ideas and about acquiring skills and insights to solve problems. --Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (NCTM 2000, p. 144) The development of computational fluency is...
From NCTM's Archives
Computational understanding and proficiency are in many ways the quintessential goals of elementary school mathematics. Although the terminology is somewhat new, the idea of computational fluency has deep historical roots. We searched the archives...
Helping English-Language Learners Develop Computational Fluency
Students who are computationally fluent can solve problems accurately, efficiently, and with flexibility. These students draw on a repertoire of strategies when solving problems, and their choice of strategies often depends on the type of problem they...
How Can I Help My Students Develop the Flexibility, Efficiency an Accuracy Needed for Computational Fluency?
To promote flexibility, ask them questions such as the following: * What number describes this amount or situation? Why? What other numbers describe the same amount or situation? * How can you find this sum/difference/product/quotient mentally?...
How Do I Know That My Students Are Developing the Understanding of OPERATIONS Needed for Computational Fluency?
How do I know that my students are developing the understanding of OPERATIONS needed for computational fluency? Students are developing To assess their progress, look for and an understanding of listen for students-- operations when they...
Introducing Percents in Linear Measurement to Foster an Understanding of Rational-Number Operations. (Research, Reflection, Practice)
How do we foster computational fluency with rational numbers when this topic is known to pose so many conceptual challenges for young students? How can we help students understand the operations of rational numbers when their grasp of the quantities...
Laying the Foundation for Computational Fluency in Early Childhood. (Early Childhood Corner)
Educators tend to think of computational fluency and number sense as two different types of mathematical knowledge. Computational fluency seems to entail a well-practiced and efficient use of procedures to compute how many items are in a set or how...
Meaning and Skill-Maintaining the Balance *. (the Arithmetic Teacher)
THE SUBJECT GIVEN ME poses a question. It is no academic question arising out of purely theoretical considerations. It is assumed that both meaning and computational competence are proper ends of instruction in arithmetic. It is implied that somehow...
Picasso Masterpiece. (Problem Solvers)
PROBLEM Picasso, a famous artist of the 1900s, sometimes used geometric design in his art to express his moods or dreams. Pretend you are a modern-day Picasso creating a computer-generated masterpiece designed to help young mathematics students...
Promoting Meaningful Mastery of Addition and Subtraction
The development of number sense and computational fluency should be an integral part of the mathematics curriculum. Because other areas of the curriculum such as data and measurement are closely related to and sometimes dependent on these skills, students...
Responses to the Have a Heart Problem. (Problem Solvers)
The problem appearing in the February 2002 "Problem Solvers" section was stated as follows: You have probably seen a heart shape similar to the one pictured above. In fact, these shapes are quite common this time of year, and you may have drawn several...
Subtraction Strategies from Children's Thinking: Moving toward Fluency with Greater Numbers
Richfield Elementary School is in the midst of its literacy campaign. Room 24 has read 674 books and Room 16 has read 328 books. The teacher, Meghan Steinmeyer, has asked her students in Room 16 to figure out the number of books they must read to catch...
Toward Computational Fluency in Multidigit Multiplication and Division
Traditionally in the United States and Canada, students have first learned how to compute with whole numbers and then have applied that kind of computation. This approach presents several problems. First, less-advanced students sometimes never reach...
Toward Understanding of "Computational Fluency". (by Way of Introduction)
There is probably no topic that spurs discussion, incites action, and stirs controversy among educational stakeholders more than computation in mathematics. This attention is understandable because computation is a core element of mathematics, school...
When Flash Cards Are Not Enough
"Why do you always make me tell you so many ways?" puffed eight-year-old Ashleigh. Then she laughed. "OK, OK, I guess I don't really mind when you ask me that. So here goes.... I know the answer for 9 + 7 is 16 because if I put 1 more with the 9 I'll...