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. 3, November

From Caterpillar to Butterfly
This quote is part of the letter that Barry B. wrote about the fourth-grade mathematics program at Saint Thomas Regional School. I doubt that he or anyone else would have written such a letter to me five years ago. My mathematics program, like so...
Making the NCTM's Standards Work for Emergent English Speakers
When the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics published the Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics in 1989, new guidelines for mathematics curriculum and instruction were established. At the heart of the new standards were...
Mighty Math Number Heroes, Gr. 3-5
Mighty Math Number Heroes uses comic-book heroes as "hosts" to guide the students through the activities. The program has four modules: Fraction Fireworks, Quizzo, Geocomputer, and Probability. Each module follows a different framework. An adult-control...
Promoting a Problem-Posing Classroom
Children have traditionally solved our problems -- problems that we think will be of interest and relevance to them. We need to shift some of this responsibility to students and let them pose problems that they consider to he worthwhile pursuing....
Third-Grade Students Engage in a Playground Measuring Activity
The K-4 section of the Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics (NCTM 1989) emphasizes measurement concepts and processes, with attention to "actual measuring," the "estimation of measurements," and the "use of measurement ... ideas...
Timely Pursuits
This department presents teachers with open-ended explorations to enhance mathematical instruction. Meaningful tasks evolve as they are conducted. They invoke problem solving and reasoning, require communication skills, and encourage connections among...
"What Do You Mean, 'It's Impossible'?"
Young children are fascinated by the concept of impossible, and that interest can lead to an extended exploration in mathematical reasoning. This article describes a set of classroom-tested activities that help children develop convincing arguments...
Young Children Deal with Data
Walk into a second-grade classroom in my school, and you will likely be greeted with a question: "Would you rather read fiction or nonfiction?" "Which football team do you think will score the most points this weekend?" "How far away from the school...