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. 7, March

Enthusiastic Voices from YOUNG MATHEMATICIANS
Students should value mathematics in their lives and become confident in their abilities to solve problems, learn to reason, and communicate their mathematical ideas (NCTM 1989). Using these mathematical skills gives students school experiences that...
Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics: Teachers' Understanding of Fundamental Mathematics in China and the U.S
Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics: Teachers' Understanding of Fundamental Mathematics in China and the U.S., Liping Ma, 1999. xxv + 166 pp., $19.95 paper. ISBN 0-8058-2909-1. Lawrence Eribaum Associates, 10 Industrial Ave., Mahwah, NJ 07430-2262,...
Marvels of Math: Fascinating Reads and Awesome Activities
Marvels of Math: Fascinating Reads and Awesome Activities, gr. 4-10, Kendall Haven, 1998. xii + 172 pp., $21.50 paper. ISBN 1-56308-585-2. Teacher Ideas Press, P.O. Box 6633, Englewood, CO 80155-6633, (800) 237-6124. This collection brings together...
Milk-Jug Mosaic: Creating Mathematical Dove of Peace
A large outdoor dove-of-peace mosaic became our school's tangible expression of hopes for peace as we celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the Nobel Peace Prize award in 1947 to the Friends Service Council and the American Service Committee for their...
Predicting Pattern Blocks on and off the Computer
If used properly, manipulatives can support the learning of mathematics and motivate students. The intelligent use of manipulatives takes advantage of their features, especially the extra features of computer manipulatives (Clements and McMillen 1996)....
Quality Literature as a Springboard to Problem Solving
High-quality children's literature that is captivating for both students and teachers can be used to develop process skills and essential knowledge in children. The provocative power of a "good read" is limitless. Listening to or reading a good book...
Readers' Exchange
Experiencing Shapes "This can't be math, it's too much fun!" was heard from Laura Ballerini's second-grade students at Slocum-Skewes Elementary School in Ridgefield, New Jersey, as they constructed models of polygons and polyhedra using marshmallows...
Shaping the Standards: The Growth of Mathematical Ideas
This third article in a series reports on what proved to be one of the more challenging issues raised by the feedback to Principles and Standards for School Mathematics: Discussion Draft and how the writers used that feedback to create a more effective...
Transportation
The "Math by the Month" activities are T designed to appeal directly to students. Students may work on the activities individually or in small groups. No solutions are suggested so that students will look to themselves as the mathematical authority,...
Understanding Geometry
Understanding Geometry, gr. K-3, Kathy Richardson, 1999. Blackline masters, ix + 157 pp., $21.95 paper. Published by Lummi Bay distrib. By DIDAX, 395 Main St., Rawley, MA 019691207, (800) 458-0024. This book is the first in a series focusing on...
Unifix Early Pattern Card Books and Cubes, Preschool-K
Unifix Early Pattern Card Books and Cubes, Preschool-K. Book 1, Patterns in 2s, ISBN 1-885111-94-0; Book 2, Patterns in 3s, ISBN 1-885111-95-9; Book 3, Pattern in 4s, ISBN 1-885111-96-7; Book 4, Simple Mixed Sequences, ISBN 1-885111-97-5; Book 5, Vertical...
What Can We Expect from Research?
As reform recommendations collide with traditional practices, the questions on the minds of many interested teachers and parents are these: Should we really adopt this new textbook series? Should we change the way we teach? What mathematics should...
Which Graph Is Which?
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'...