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. 5, No. 4, December

Changes All around Us
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,...
Computation in the Elementary Curriculum: Shifting the Emphasis
Elementary teachers receive conflicting messages about the value of various computational techniques, mental and written, as well as about what strategies, invented and standard, should be introduced and developed at different levels within the elementary...
Developing Algebraic Reasoning in the Elementary Grades
Direct modeling with concrete objects can be a powerful problem-solving strategy for young children (Chambers 1996). However, as problem situations become more complex, the value of more powerful strategies becomes apparent. An algebraic approach in...
King Arithmetic
Last year, when I was sitting in my high school discrete mathematics class, my teacher asked us to subtract two binary numbers. I did not know how to borrow in binary, and I was not sure what to do at first. I got to thinking about it, and I came up...
Mathematics Is Not a Universal Language
Suppose that you walked into class and heard "Guten morgen meine lieben Schuler. Heute fangen wir mit Mathematik an. Lasst uns einige Aufgaben durcharbeiten. Fangt bitte an!" Would you know what to do? Would you even know what subject or lesson your...
Offer Your Expertise on Communications!
This article is the second in a series inviting discussion of, and reaction to, the draft of Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, NCTM's effort to update its three sets of standards. Your ideas and opinions will help the writers prepare...
Responses to the "Decoration Delight" Problem
The following problem was published in the January 1998 issue of Teaching Children Mathematics: An owner of a greeting card store wanted to decorate the front window with pictures of snowmen. Her design was finished when she decided to add color...
'Saturday Sancocho': A Tasty Introduction to Barter and Division
El sancocho del sabado es el titulo de mi libro. ?Que es sancocho?" I asked my third graders. Even though many of my students come from Mexico, my question met with blank stares. "As I read the first page, listen to the clues that Leyla Torres, the...
Using Recipes and Ratio Tables to Build on Students' Understanding of Fractions
I recently worked with a teacher in a combined fourth- and fifth-grade class as she taught a unit on fractions and mixed numbers. All the problems given to students during this unit were situated within various real-world contexts. One part of the...
What Comes Next? the Mathematics of Pattern in Kindergarten
Patterning activities are a staple of the kindergarten curriculum. If you ask any kindergarten teacher, she or he is likely to consider the study of patterns to be an essential part of the mathematics program. It is common to walk into an early childhood...
Wrist Bands
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,...