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. 6, No. 2, October

A Flying Start to Algebra
Algebra learning has its roots in the early grades, when children notice regularities in the ways that numbers work. From this beginning, they develop a knowledge of the properties of numbers and operations, later generalized as algebra. We have conducted...
An Old Tale with a New Turn - and Flip and Slide
In How to Use Children's Literature to Teach Mathematics, Welchman-Tischler (1997, 1-2) makes the following observation, "Some [children's books] are explicitly about mathematics, for example, counting books, books about shapes, and a variety of trade...
Are You Measuring Up?
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 authority,...
Bridging the Gap
With the mathematics reform movement has come a renewed interest in ensuring that teachers in elementary classrooms are knowledgeable about mathematics and that professors in college mathematics classrooms are knowledgeable about the mathematics that...
Call for Manuscripts for the February 2001 Focus Issue: Mathematics and Culture
The February 2001 issue of Teaching Children Mathematics will focus on the role of culture in describing, learning, teaching, and assessing mathematics. Mathematics is a vital aspect of culture. It reflects and is simultaneously created with aspects...
Marilyn Burns Talks about Math Teaching Today; Topic 1 - What's Reform All about? Topic 2 - Teaching the Basics, and Topic 3 - Linking Assessment and Instruction, Gr. K-8
A three-part audiocassette series, 60 min., 65 min., and 70 min., respectively; $11.95 ea. tape. Math Solutions Publications, 150 Gate 5 Rd., Ste. 101, Sausalito, CA 94965, (800) 868-9092. Marilyn Burns has recorded three conference speeches that...
Math-O'-Lanterns
Every year during October, Halloween becomes a main topic of students' conversations. Using this theme, I incorporate mathematics as an important part of their holiday. I ask my fifth-grade students to use their imaginations and pretend that they are...
Memory Fun! Gr. K-3
Requirements: 8 MB of RAM, 2x CD-ROM or faster; Macintosh System 7.0 or higher; Windows 3.1 or higher, sound card. Teacher's guide, $39.95. Sunburst Communications, 101 Castleton St., Pleasantville, NY 10570, (800) 321-7511. This program is the...
On the Keeping of Several Things in Mind
For the past several years, an unusual teaching-learning situation has taken place in two fifth-grade classes: a university professor and the classroom teacher have been doing most of the learning. An initial opportunity for the professor to field-test...
Readers Exchange
Mayan Mathematics I read with interest the article "A Mathematics Lesson from the Mayan Civilization" that was published in the November 1998 issue. The authors seemed to be quite knowledgeable about the Mayan civilization and its mathematics. I...
Revitalizing and Refocusing Our Efforts
We are currently standing at one of the most important crossroads we have faced as a Council and as a profession in the past twenty years. We have more than a decade of direction setting and progress under our belt. And we have learned a lot. We have...
Shaping the Standards: Your Reactions to the Discussion Draft
Last year, this journal devoted space each month to provide information and raise questions about Principles and Standards for School Mathematics: Discussion Draft. This year, the journals will include several articles that focus on the responses to...
Sunbuddy Series: Numbers Undercover, Gr. K-3
Requirements: 2x CD-ROM or faster; Macintosh System 7.0 or higher, 5.5 MB of RAM; Windows 3.1 or higher, 8 MB of RAM, sound card. Teacher's guide, $79.95. Sunburst Communications, 101 Castleton St., Pleasantville, NY 10570, (800) 321-7511. The setting...
The Talking Club
The goal of the "Problem Solvers" department is to foster improved 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'...
Using Mathematics to Build an Understanding of the United States
Mathematics is frequently separated from the rest of the educational experience to such an extent that even in the literature of whole language, with its comprehensive belief systems about integrative study, mathematics is often left out (Armbruster...