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. 3, No. 5, January

Concept Learning in Geometry
How well do primary students understand such geometric concepts as angle, rectangle, and cube? How might your students show that they understand them? These are important questions, since the geometry strand for K-4 programs contains a host of concepts...
Doing What Comes Naturally: Talking about Mathematics
How did you figure out how to divide these cookies equally?" I asked the kindergarten children seated at the red table. "Oh, we just talked it out!" said Eric, going on to explain the process that classmates at his table had used to share a plate of...
Exploring Random Numbers
The "Investigations" department recognizes the importance of children's exploring hands-on and minds-on mathematics and, therefore, presents teachers with open-ended explorations to enhance mathematical instruction. These meaningful tasks are designed...
Half-Time Day
In my multiage class of six- through eight-year-olds, I am always looking for ways to bring mathematics into the real world of the children, making it more relevant and much more enjoyable. One of the most successful lessons involved celebrating the...
May I Take Your Order?
Most third graders have enjoyed an occasional foray to a fast-food establishment or, if they were lucky, to a more formal restaurant. I decided to build on this experience and to extend the mathematics learning in my classroom with a unit called "restaurant...
Newspaper Mathematics
The Math by the Month activities are designed to appeal directly to students. Students may work on the activities individually, in pairs, or in small groups. No solutions are suggested for the activities so that students will look to themselves as the...
Portfolios as Agents of Change
I believe portfolios are very worthwhile. In fact, even though they are significantly more work, the benefits far outweigh any final exam, any day. The benefits include self-reflecting, re-examining activities, working through ideas that did not make...
The Jefferson Math Lab
Welcome to the Jefferson Math Lab, where mathematics, technology, and manipulatives have come together to form a state-of-the-art approach to turning students on to mathematics. Inspired by "Teaching Math Their Way," an article by Karen Tankersley in...