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. 9, No. 4, December

Assessing Children's Understanding: Doing Mathematics to Assess Mathematics. (Research, Reflection, Practice)
"So, Jamie, where do you think you get stuck in math?" I asked. Fourth grader Jamie looked up at me with his sunny smile. "I don't think it's so bad now," he replied, "because my tutor is helping me with multiplication and division." He went on...
Celebrating 100 with Number Sense
Joe woke me up. "Mom," he said, "it's today!" "Today, what?" I managed to mumble. "The hundredth day of school, Mom; it is so special. I want to dress up to go to school and be real nice for our party," he added. And so he did. Joe's kindergarten...
Describing Reasoning in Early Elementary School Mathematics
NCTM's Standards documents (1989, 2000) call for increased attention to the development of mathematical reasoning at all levels. In order to accomplish this, teachers need to be attentive to their students' reasoning and aware of the kinds of reasoning...
Fostering Flexibility with Number in the Primary Grades
As a primary teacher, I eagerly work to create opportunities to foster young mathematicians' flexibility with number. As I watch young children explore the world of mathematics, I have noticed that children who are more flexible when thinking about...
It's Not Just Notation: Valuing Children's Representations
Mathematics teachers often say to their students, "Show your work," when what they really mean is, "Show this to me as I showed it to you" or "Show my work." During our first few years as mathematics teachers, we spent much of our time trying to...
Math Baseball. (News from the Net)
"Math Baseball," at www.funbrain.com/math, is a free, Web-based mathematics game located within the pages of funbrain.com. The game can be played by one or two players. Players choose problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, division,...
Math in Art. (Math by the Month)
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...
Package Puzzle. (Problem Solvers)
PROBLEM Elfonso has been busy weighing and shipping packages for the North Pole Distribution Center. One day after work, Elfonso says to his sister Pixie, "I sure am tired. I have been lifting packages all day." Pixie asks, "How heavy were the...
Promoting Communication in the Mathematics Classroom
Our two sons, who majored in statistics and civil engineering in college, were each required to take a technical writing course. The purpose of this course was to help students communicate mathematical and scientific ideas in a coherent and understandable...
Responses to the Measuring Hot Chocolate Problem. (Problem Solvers)
The problem appearing in the January 2002 "Problem Solvers" section was stated as follows: Austin had a bunch of friends over for a day full of sled riding and snowball fighting. At different times throughout the day, the friends had to take...