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. 8, April

A Data 'Eggs'ploration
Using Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco (1992) as a springboard, partners in a University of Mississippi Professional Development School (PDS) instructional team implemented an "Eggs"ploration project with a second-grade class. This two-week project...
Critical Thinking through Estimation
Young children are naturally intrigued with the world around them. They use everyday materials in their play not only to answer intrinsic questions but also to formulate new, more thought-provoking questions. The inquisitive nature of children is an...
Implementing the NCTM's Standards through Cognitive Coaching
Improving or expanding teaching skills requires hard work in which professional dialogue can be an indispensable tool (Joyce 1988). Educators are presented with a challenge in implementing the NCTM's Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics...
Instead of Teaching Missing Addends
Recently, a principal wrote, "While visiting a first grade classroom one morning, I observed a lesson on missing addends. . . . Children were struggling with what they were being asked to do and the teacher was visibly frustrated. Afterward, when I discussed...
Maintaining Our Integrity Amidst Controversy and Attacks
An old Chinese proverb states, "The tree may prefer calm, but the wind will not subside," which may strike a responsive chord with educators who thought it possible to pursue the improvement of mathematics education free from controversy and political...
Mining Mathematics - Stake Your Claim to Learning
This department recognizes the importance of children's exploring hands-on and minds-on mathematics and presents teachers with open-ended explorations to enhance mathematical instruction. These tasks invoke problem solving and reasoning, require communication...
Shuffling a Line
The goal of the "Problem Solvers" department is to foster communication among teachers by posing one problem each month for K-6 teachers to try with their students. Every teacher can become an author: pose the problem, reflect on your students" work,...
Take It Outside!
The "Math by the Month" activities are designed to appeal directly to students. Students may work on the activities individually or in small groups. No solutions are suggested so that students will look to themselves as the mathematical authorities,...
The Function Box and Fourth Graders: Squares, Cubes, and Circles
The function box is a familiar teaching tool in many elementary schools. Its basic idea is simple: a box has an "in" slot and an "out" slot. A certain quantity goes in and comes out changed. Students have to guess the function that changed the quantity....
Using Spreadsheets to Promote Algebraic Thinking
For students to find algebra conceptually meaningful, as well as useful in modeling and analyzing real-world problems, they must be able to reflect on, make sense of, and communicate about general numerical procedures (Kieran 1992). Such procedures consist...
Using Technology to Foster Teachers' Reflections about Children's Arithmetical Thinking
Twenty-eight primary-grade teachers, working in pairs, stared intently at the screens of their computers as they watched a CD-ROM containing QuickTime movie excerpts of students responding to mathematical tasks during an interview. These teachers were...