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. 8, No. 9, May

Dino-Mite Explorations. (Investigations)
The purpose of the "Investigations" department is to provide mathematically rich and inviting contexts in which children and their teachers solve problems, communicate, and reason. Investigations encourage students to make connections among mathematical...
First Graders, Flies, and a Frenchman's Fascination: Introducing the Cartesian Coordinate System. (Links to Literature)
The Fly on the Ceiling: A Math Myth (Glass 1998) imaginatively recreates the story of Rene Descartes and the Cartesian coordinate system. Descartes, a French philosopher and mathematician, was unfortunately also a messy and disorganized person....
Making Mathematical Arguments in the Primary Grades: The Importance of Explaining and Justifying Ideas. (Principles and Standards)
Students in Ms. Jones's second-grade class have just reconvened from working on several problems. Once the children are seated in the front of the room, Ms. Jones asks Casey to explain his answer of 16 for the following problem: "Aunt Mary has 31...
Marble Mayhem. (Problem Solvers)
PROBLEM Trebor, Dalton, Greg, and Michelle sit down to play a game of marbles. They empty the bag of marbles and distribute them evenly among the four players but discover that they have one marble left. At that moment, Kelsi arrives and wants...
Mathematical Potpourri. (Math by the Month)
The "Math by the Month" activities are designed to appeal directly to students. The activities may be used with students individually or in small groups, or they may be assigned as problems of the week. No solutions are suggested so that students...
Online Professional Development: Sustained Learning with Friends
My online learning community provides me with support to continue my vision towards improving mathematics education. It allows me to fulfill my desire and commitment to offer quality instruction for the students. Mike Weidner, Nicolet School...
Preschool and Kindergarten Mathematics: A National Conference. (Early Childhood Corner)
NCTM's Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (2000) addresses preschool mathematics education, which is a first for the NCTM's Standards documents. We celebrate this initial coverage but wonder whether Principles and Standards has enough...
Readers' Exchange
Kid Quotes We at NCTM occasionally receive cute mathematical things that children have said. Since we enjoy them so much, we thought that these comments might make a nice addition to our "Readers' Exchange" department. If you have interesting...
Responses to the Everyone's Playing Basketball Problem. (Problem Solvers)
The problem appearing in the May 2001 "Problem Solvers" section was stated as follows: During a thirty-minute physical education class, Mrs. Lach's 15 students want to play basketball. If only 10 students can play at a time, and if each student...
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...
The Potentials and Pitfalls of Integrating Literature into the Mathematics Program. (in My Opinion)
If you have visited exhibits at NCTM conferences lately, you probably have noticed that literature booths are some of the most popular places to be. If you have looked at the list of program sessions, you have probably seen how many are devoted...
The World of Math Online. (News from the Net)
A site called math.com (access it at www.math.com), run by Encore Software of Gardena, California, is a rich source for elementary school students and their parents and teachers. The site offers several free software packages, of which Math Express!...