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. 2, No. 2, October

Animal Parade
Student Activity Goals Students will-- * identify attributes that determine a pattern, * develop "if-then" reasoning, * extend a pattern and justify the extension both orally and in writing, * view patterns from several perspectives,...
Creative Problem Solving
To talk about "creative" problem solving some how seems redundant. After all, what else is meant by finding the solution to a set of conditions but engaging in some creative process? A careful analysis of the differences between traditional and creative...
Creative Use of Worksheets: Lessons My Daughter Taught Me
Now that equating mathematics with drill and practice has run its course, worksheets are a thing of the past. Or are they? With the continued recognition that children construct their learning through active participation (Romberg 1992; Leino 1990),...
Popping Up Number Sense
Popcorn. This simple, inexpensive manipulative led to myriad unforeseen benefits--student excitement, whole-school participation, and even community involvement--as our project to count a million popped pieces unfolded. Several teachers from Saltillo...
Project MATH: Good Beginnings
Broadening the mathematics content background and changing the instructional strategies of teachers in grades K-3 are the foci of Project MATH: Good Beginnings, housed at Illinois State University. The program is directed by Carol Thornton, professor...
Sort Of
Students Activity Goals Students will-- * describe attributes that determine uniqueness, * identify similarities and differences among items or objects, * examine collections of objects from different perspectives, * use elementary...
The Role of Self-Directed Discovery Time in the Development of Mathematics Concepts
I must admit that I was a bit anxious in the late 1980s as I waited for the release of a set of "Math Standards" from NCTM, a document that I believed would have far-reaching implications for the way I taught mathematics to young learners. As an early...
Using Sharing Situations to Help Children Learn Fractions
It is surprising to learn that first graders know a lot about fractions. That is what two first-grade teachers and the author discovered when they collaborated on a five-week fraction unit. This article describes the highlights of a case study of fractions...