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. 1, September

Fractions in the Early-Years Curriculum: More Needed, Not Less
Watanabe (2001) has argued that the teaching of fractions should be eliminated from the primary mathematics curriculum, based on issues related to curriculum, development, and instructional materials. We disagree, for the following main reasons: First,...
Hurry Up and Weight
This department recognizes the importance of children's exploring hands-on and minds-on mathematics and presents teachers with open-ended explorations to enhance mathematics instruction. These tasks invoke problem solving and reasoning, require communication...
Math Fundamentals
The Math Fundamentals Problem of the Week, located at mathforum.org/funpow, features nonroutine problems to challenge upper-elementary-grade students to think and communicate mathematically. Posted every two weeks during the school year, the problems...
Pattern-Block Quilts
Problem Colene and Noel are trying to decide which quilt they should buy for their new doll. Each quilt was created using pattern blocks. The girls want to choose a quilt that covers the greatest area. Should they choose quilt A or quilt B? Explain....
Promoting Young Children's Mathematical Learning through a New Twist on Homework
"Mathematics homework for three-, four-, and five-year-olds? Are you out of your mind? It's not developmentally appropriate!" This is a typical response of early childhood teachers when we talk about mathematics homework for young children. Another...
Responses to the A Walk in the Park Problem
The problem appearing in the September 2002 Problem Solvers section was stated as follows: Jarrod decided to enjoy the fall day by walking in the park. Once there, he noticed that the animals were also enjoying the day by playing on a teeter-totter....
Setting the Stage for Computational Fluency with "ArithmeTricks"
As a fifth-grade elementary mathematics teacher, I strive to make mathematics important, meaningful, and fun for my students. I also hope that my passion for mathematics is contagious. Introducing "ArithmeTricks" to my students throughout the school...
Teaching Children Mathematics: A Resource for Teaching, Learning, and Sharing
The Editorial Panel of Teaching Children Mathematics (TCM) welcomes you to Volume ume 10 and invites you to take an active role in our community of mathematics educators. You may notice that TCM has a new look this year. We have spruced up our pages...
Technology as a Tool in the Primary Clasroom
Spotting a computer in a classroom, a student will want to use it. How do we take advantage of that enthusiasm and find effective ways to use the computer as a tool for mathematical learning? One idea that a Philadelphia kindergarten teacher is developing...
The Dollar Game: A Tool for Promoting Number Sense among Kindergartners
When my oldest grandson, Dusty, started kindergarten, I attended an orientation in an effort to familiarize myself with his school and become acquainted with school personnel. After introducing her faculty and staff, the principal announced that she...
The "Math Is Everywhere" Preschool Mathematics Curriculum
During a circle-time discussion of family pets, the teacher asks all children who have a cat to stand up. Dominique volunteers to count the children. She exclaims, "One, two, three, four, five. Five kids have cats! I bet more kids have dogs." Her teacher...
Tools of the Trade
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...
Tricky Triangles: A Tale of One, Two, Three Researchers
Too often, educational research is perceived by classroom teachers as merely academic and of little relevance to daily life in the classroom. This article presents a story to challenge this unfortunate disconnect between classroom teachers and researchers...
Using Math Pen-Pal Letters to Promote Mathematical Communication
Although letter writing is not typically associated with mathematics, I have used this activity in my teacher-education classrooms and in my collaborating teachers' elementary school classrooms to help our students learn to explain their mathematical...