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. 11, No. 2, September

A Mathematical Measurement Mystery
This department features children's hands-on and minds-on explorations in mathematics and presents teachers with open-ended investigations to enhance mathematics instruction. The tasks are designed to invoke problem solving and reasoning, require communication...
A Model for Understanding, Using, and Connecting Representations
Consider the following scenario: Teacher. Can you solve this problem? (Gives student paper with 4-1/8 written at the top) Student. (Writes 3/8 as answer) Three-eighths. I subtracted one from four, and then kept the denominator, eight, the...
Balancing Act: The Truth Behind the Equals Sign
I walked into the classroom, wrote "=" on the board, and asked the third graders, "What does this mean?" You can probably anticipate the response--the students all thought it meant "The answer is." Only after some gentle nudging did the students agree...
Big-Picture View of Basic Skills
In the article "Single-Digit Subtraction with Fluency" in the December 2003 issue of Teaching Children Mathematics (pp. 230-36), Constance Kamii and Barbara A. Lewis note that subtraction is more difficult than addition for first- and second-grade...
Creative Discovery through Classification
"What else is in the mystery bag?" "That was fun!" "Can we do another one?" Comments such as these are typical of children who have experienced the excitement of participating in concept-attainment model activities. Discovering concepts through active...
Making the Complexities of Teaching Visible for Prospective Teachers
Most of the prospective teachers who enter my methods courses assume that teaching mathematics to elementary students will be easy. For example, Jenny wrote, "I thought, 'I can teach math. How can it be so hard? It's elementary math!' But I have been...
Martian Frontiers
The "Math by the Month" activities are designed to engage students to think like mathematicians. Students may work on the activities individually or in small groups. No solutions are suggested so that students will look to themselves for mathematical...
MathLine Educational Series
MathLine Educational Series, MathLine Concept-Building System, 2003. Each grade level includes a teacher's guide, a 24-pack of student activity books, and a MathLine tool. Kindergarten: $95.95, teacher's guide $19.95; grades 1-2: $104.95, teacher's...
Pocketful of Coins
Problem Caryn has a pocketful of coins. Half the coins are nickels, one-fourth of the coins are dimes, one-sixth of the coins are quarters, and she also has 2 pennies. How much money does she have in her pocket? Is only one answer possible? How...
Seymour Systems: Solutions to the Seymour Skwares Problem
The problem appearing in the October 2003 "Problem Solvers" section was stated as follows: While vacationing in Arizona, the Skwares family saw solar panels assembled as shown in figure 1. Seymour Skwares was impressed by the structure and quickly...
The Thirteen Days of Halloween: Using Children's Literature to Differentiate Instruction in the Mathematics Classroom
One of the most difficult tasks that we face as teachers is finding ways to challenge all the students in our care appropriately. The mathematical abilities of the children in any given classroom can vary widely (Slavin 1987). Educational experts assert...