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. 10, No. 3, November

Become an "Estimatician"
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...
Building a Box
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'...
Building a Vision of Algebra for Preservice Teachers
Recent recommendations for changes in the mathematics curriculum for elementary and middle school students create new challenges for those who teach preservice elementary and middle school teachers. In particular, the algebra strand that runs through...
Jennifer Taylor-Cox's Response to Rama Menon
I appreciate Ramakrishnan Menon's response to my viewpoint on using rewards in mathematics education. However, I caution readers to think about his assertions. Menon asserts, "The need for approval and affirmation that extrinsic motivation provides...
Junior Architects: Designing Your Dream Clubhouse Using Measurement and Geometry
This department features children's hands-on and minds-on explorations in mathematics and presents teachers with open-ended investigations to enhance mathematics instruction. These tasks invoke problem solving and reasoning, require communication skills,...
Multiplication Games: How We Made and Used Them
Teachers introduce multiplication in kindergarten and the first two grades in the form of word problems such as the following: "I want to give 2 pieces of chocolate to each person in my family. There are 5 people in my family. How many pieces of chocolate...
Responses to the Shopping Spree Problem
The problem appearing in the November 2002 "Problem Solvers" section was stated as follows: Chase, Austin, and Jacey have been saving to buy their father a birthday present. When they put their money together, they have a total of $21.00. They...
Talk Counts: Discussing Graphs with Young Children
Traditional patterns of communication in mathematics classrooms have been described as a process of recitation (Meserve and Suydam 1992). This discourse follows a typical IRE sequence in which the teacher initiates a question (I), the student responds...
The MegaPenny Project
Every year teachers start their mathematics instruction with lessons on place value, even though they know that the teachers before them taught the same lesson. When I found the MegaPenny Project at www.kokogiak.com/megapenny, I knew the site would...
The Missouri Elementary Mathematics Contest: Student Performance on Questions That Reflect NCTM Standards
The Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) has conducted an annual elementary mathematics contest for students in grades 4, 5, and 6 since 1985. Twenty-five sites throughout Missouri host regional contests in which school-selected participants...