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. 4, No. 1, September

All about Us: Connecting Statistics with Real Life
What are the kids like in Britain? Are they like us?" These questions emerged from our students' enthusiasm for a pen-pal connection they had established with children in Britain. Elementary students are naturally curious about children that live in...
Balancing Act
Balancing Act, 1994. requires Macintosh LC or better with at least 2 MB of free RAM. 1 disk, $79.95. Ventura Educational Systems, 910 Ramona Ave., Ste. E., Grover Beach, CA 93433. Balancing Act is a program for investigating concepts related to equality...
Choices and Challenges
The remarks published here have been adapted from the Presidential Address at the 75th Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in Minneapolis - Saint Paul, Minnesota, 18 April 1997. Life has changed enormously since I grew...
Classification and Logical Reasoning
These 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 or given for the activities so that students will look to themselves as the mathematical...
How Many Rectangles?
The goal of the "Problem Solvers" department is to foster improved communication among teachers by proposing one problem each month for K-6 teachers to try with their students. It is hoped that every teacher can become an author by reflecting on students'...
It's the Berries
This section is designed for teachers who wish to give students new insights into familiar topics in grades K-6. This material can be reproduced by classroom teachers for use in their own classes without requesting permission from the National Council...
NCTM's Standards in Japanese Elementary Schools
In recent years, the NCTM's Standards (1989, 1991) and Asian mathematics education (Becker et al. 1990; Stevenson and Stigler 1992; Stedman 1994; and many others) have, each in its own right, received a great deal of attention. I believe, however, that...
Problem Solving with Franklin the Turtle
As a classroom teacher, I have struggled to find a solid approach to problem solving in mathematics. Most commercial teacher's manuals and books for teaching problem solving suggest practices that I feel are contrived and do not reflect real-life situations;...
Space Cadets Series: Snootz Math Trek
Snootz Math Trek is an interactive CD-ROM that consists of five activities intended to encourage mathematical thinking in children in grades 1-4. Children remember and create patterns of sound; interpret grid clues; read maps; sequence, compose, and...
Ways of Sharing Student-Authored Story Problems
Increasingly, mathematics educators recommend that students have regular opportunities to write their own mathematics problems (NCTM 1989; Kilpatrick 1987; Burns 1992; Whitin, Mills, and O'Keefe 1990; Brown and Walter 1983). This approach can support...
Young Students Investigate Number Cubes
Working with students in the first three grades is challenging for various reasons, among which are the following: * The students' repertoire of concepts and skills is quite limited. * Mathematics teachers tend to devote their attention and efforts...