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. 5, January

Collaboration Sites: Teacher-Centered Professional Development in Mathematics
Imagine an American school system in which teaching is viewed as a scientific endeavor and teachers base their lessons on research, implement them while colleagues observe, and refine them according to what students did or did not understand. This...
Decorative Plate Hanging
Problem Aunt Katrina just moved into a new house and wants to brighten up the dining room wall by hanging six of her favorite decorative plates. Each plate is 8 inches in diameter. Aunt Katrina is having trouble deciding how to hang the plates in...
"I Did It My Way": Providing Opportunities for Students to Create, Explain, and Analyze Computation Procedures
Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (NCTM 2000) emphasizes that computational fluency occurs in classrooms that have a balanced focus on helping students develop a conceptual understanding of the arithmetic operations and applying this...
Inchworm and a Half: Developing Fraction and Measurement Concepts Using Mathematical Representations
Children's conceptual understanding, strategic competence, and procedural fluency in mathematics are highly influenced by experiences in the early grades. During these years, many important mathematics concepts, including measurement and rational-number...
Is a Rectangle a Square? Developing Mathematical Vocabulary and Conceptual Understanding
Instead of asking the usual "Is a square a rectangle?" I asked my thirty fourth graders. "Is a rectangle a square?" Expecting a resounding "No," I was quite surprised when more than half the students replied, "Yes!" We were working with basic geometric...
Large-Scale Family Math Nights: A Primer for Collaboration
NCTM's vision for mathematics in the new millennium includes an invitation to parents to become partners in the mathematics education of their children (NCTM 2000). Encouraging families to become problem-solving risk takers as they turn daily mathematics...
Mathematical Adventures with Harry Potter
The current popularity of the Harry Potter books (Rowling 1998, 1999a, 1999b, 2000, 2003) gives teachers a new and unique opportunity to integrate literature with mathematics. Often, books that are connected to mathematical explorations are picture...
Who's on First?
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...