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. 4, December

A Better Way to Share
Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens (1995) presents many opportunities for students to think mathematically within an entertaining, fictional context [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 1 OMITTED]. After losing a bet in his race with Tortoise, Hare sold his land...
Automobile License Plates
Students develop mathematical power when they are able to acknowledge, use, and assess the mathematics they encounter in their daily lives. An awareness of mathematics in the world in which one lives provides opportunities for building confidence, enhancing...
Developing Number Sense and Computational Strategies in Problem-Centered Classrooms
"Mrs. Hartman, how many second graders will be voting in the mock election today?" Chris Hartman pointed out that twenty-eight children were present in each of the two second-grade classrooms. Then she asked, "Can you figure out the total on your own?"...
Franklin Learns Math
Franklin Learns Math is a series of games providing four- to seven-year-olds with practice on a variety of mathematics skills, including number, patterns, money, and time. The student enters one of six games from the title screen by clicking on Bear,...
Interpreting the Standards: Translating Principles into Practice
Since the publication of the Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics (NCTM 1989) and the Professional Standards for Teaching Mathematics (NCTM 1991), such phrases as "mathematics should be taught for understanding," "teachers should...
(Mis?)constructing Constructivism
Many educators base recommendations for teaching mathematics on "constructivist" thinking. However, they often misunderstand constructivism, so their recommendations may be incorrect or inappropriate. We need to examine what constructivism is and is...
The Magic Applehouse
The Magic Applehouse is a set of sixteen learning games and activities designed to develop "vital computer and business awareness skills while also reinforcing reading, writing, math, and social studies concepts" as well as "creative thinking and logical...
What Did You Say You Do for a Living?
The Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics (NCTM 1989) recommends that greater attention be devoted to increasing students' awareness of real-life applications of mathematics at all levels of education. It has also been suggested...
When Will We Reach One-Half?
The following problem is suggested for students in grades 1-6, although it may be appropriate for students in other grades as well. PROBLEM Working with a hundreds chart, how many numbers can we cover that contain only the digit 17 [ILLUSTRATION FOR...