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. 5, No. 2, October

A Problem Worth Revisiting
To build mathematical power in young learners, teachers need to pose problems of emerging relevance. To pose such problems is a guiding principle of a constructivist pedagogy that encourages children to investigate widely and deeply as they form their...
Exploring Interplanetary Algebra to Understand Earthly Mathematics
At the beginning of class with my fifth graders one day, I draw a diagram [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 1 OMITTED] on the chalkboard. I tell a story about a visitor from another galaxy who spots a group of Earthlings sitting in an unusual formation in a field...
Feisty Females: Using Children's Literature with Strong Female Characters
Girls enter school more mathematics ready than boys. By the time they graduate from high school, however, females have been outdistanced by males in the number of higher-level mathematics courses taken and in the results of crucial tests, such as the...
Kids + Conjecture = Mathematics Power
My conjecture: Any number divided by twice itself equals 1/2, except 0." Imagine this statement being read by a student in a third- and fourth-grade classroom. Then imagine a classroom discussion with students searching for examples and extensions. Students...
Kindergarten Is More Than Counting
Teachers of primary-grade children realize the importance of helping their students develop an understanding of number relationships. It is important to encourage the kind of thinking that allows children to readily decompose numbers into parts and know...
Math Storybooks
How can we get parents actively involved in their children's mathematics learning - especially when mathematics class looks less and less like the parents' own experiences in school? Teachers at the Joseph J. Hurley Elementary School in Boston faced...
Solution to the "How Much Film?" Problem
The problem appearing in the November 1997 "Problem Solvers" section was stated as follows: South Main School has 618 students. Each student will have his or her picture taken next week by a photographer hired by the school. The photographer uses rolls...
Tenth Planet Explores Math: Representing Fractions! Gr. 3-4
1998. Requires Macintosh LC III or higher, 8 MB of RAM, System 7.1, 256 colors, microphone; Windows, 486/DX2-66 Mhz processor, Windows 3.1 or 95, 256-color SVGA monitor, microphone, Sound Blaster card. Single CD + teaching guide and technical guide,...