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 November

A Mathematics Lesson from the Mayan Civilization
Mayan mathematics, a significant part of the great civilization of the ancient people, is of true interest to all who admire the monuments, architecture, and art of the great Mayan cities. Among the Maya's multiple accomplishments involving mathematical...
Changes in Your Classroom: From the Past to the Present to the Future
Look carefully at the illustration in figure 1 (Kindt and Abels 1998). How much do all three chickens weigh? How much does each chicken weigh? After thinking about the question, one sixth-grade student offers, "Add the top two pictures and subtract...
Developing Mathematical Understanding through Invented Games
"Do you want to play the game we made up? It's totally awesome!" - A third-grade student For several years, I have been examining invented games as a means of promoting mathematical reasoning and problem solving in primary-grade children. My...
Give Your Feedback on Basic Skills!
In October 1998, the NCTM Standards 2000 Writing Group released a draft of Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, NCTM's updated Standards. As the title suggests, the draft includes a new section of principles, which are basic tenets about...
Picky Patterns
The "Investigations" 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,...
Responses to the "When Will We Reach 1/2?" Problem
The problem appearing in the December 1997 "Problem Solvers" section was stated as follows: Working with a hundreds chart, how many numbers can we cover that contain only the digit 1? If we used the digits 1 and 2, how many numbers could be covered...
Students' Explanations of Place Value in Addition and Subtraction
Research studies and experiences with young children reveal that many of them have difficulty learning and applying place-value concepts in mathematics. Teachers of primary-age students recognize a wide range of understanding and misunderstanding that...
The Quarter Quandary: An Illustration of NCTM's Professional Teaching Standards
The Professional Standards for Teaching Mathematics (NCTM 1991) identifies four elements of teachers' work that have a significant impact on the mathematics learning that takes place in a classroom: tasks, discourse, environment, and analysis. This...
Using Computers for Algebraic Thinking
Computers help students develop algebraic thinking. Why? They can act as dynamic "function machines," allowing students to explore variables and relationships among variables. They "run" and reveal patterns, helping students see relationships as they...
What Are the Clues? Patterns in More Than One Direction
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'...
Winter Celebrations and Mathematics
The "Math by the Month" activities are designed to appeal directly to students, who may work on the activities individually, in pairs, or in small groups. No solutions are given so that students will look for the mathematical authority within themselves,...