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. 9, May

Assessment and Accountability: Strategies for Inquiry-Style Discussions
Teachers' actions are what encourage students to think, question, solve problems, and discuss their ideas, strategies, and solutions. The teacher is responsible for creating an intellectual environment where serious mathematical thinking is the norm....
Gearing Up for the Summer Games
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...
Ideas for Establishing Lesson-Study Communities
Many educators in the United States have recently become interested in lesson study, a professional development approach popular in Japan, as a promising source of ideas for improving education (Stigler and Hiebert 1999). Numerous schools and school...
Math Rules in the Animal Kingdom
Teachers who continually assess their students' understanding, develop their knowledge of content and curriculum, and take time to reflect are able to guide their students to amazing success. If You Hopped Like a Frog (Schwartz 1999) has proven to...
Number Time
Number Time, located at www.bbc.co.uk/schools/numbertime, is a unique place for young mathematics learners. Developed by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the site uses interactive animation to help children in pre-K through grade 2 understand...
On the Write Path: Improving Communication in an Elementary Mathematics Classroom
"You have three quarters, one nickel, and one dime. You go to the store and buy a cookie for $0.69. How many nickels do you have left?" Wide-eyed Bobby stared at his paper, wondering where to begin. He thought, "Should I make a graph, work backward,...
Problem-Solving Strategies of First Graders
The significance of problem solving in the K-12 mathematics curriculum has been well documented over the years by professional organizations and individuals. The National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM 1977) and the National Council of...
Responses to the Farmer MacDonald Problem
The problem appearing in the May 2003 "Problem Solvers" section was stated as follows: Farmer MacDonald decided to make a graph to show the number of animals on his farm. He must do some mathematical calculations before he can prepare his graph....
Thanks from the Editorial Panel
The quality of Teaching Children Mathematics (TCM) very much depends on the voluntary efforts of many mathematics educators. The journal has profited from the experience of those who have served as members of the Editorial Panel, editors, members of...
Triangular Bicycle Flags
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'...
Writing for an Audience in a Mathematics Methods Course
During their first mathematics methods course, many prospective elementary teachers confront their previous conceptions about mathematics and its teaching for the first time. This juncture makes the course important in their evolution as teachers of...