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Lee, Mi Yeon; Francis, Dionne Cross – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

Children's literature can provide useful contexts for teaching mathematics. In this article, the authors discuss the use of the children's book "Measuring Penny" (Leedy 1997) to support Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) (CCSSI 2010) related to length measurement. The authors first describe three types of misconceptions…

Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Students, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods

Bertolone-Smith, Claudia M.; Gillette-Koyen, Linda – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

The first author's initial attempts at a whole-class mathematics discussion were woefully dysfunctional. Ten second graders showing their answers to a missing addend question about the number of children left riding a school bus did not result in the mathematical epiphany that the textbook promised. She did not give up on using mathematical…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Classroom Communication

Rumsey, Chepina; Guarino, Jody; Gildea, Rachael; Cho, Christina Y.; Lockhart, Bethany – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

Early career K-grade 2 teachers in a yearlong project explored discourse and mathematical argumentation through monthly professional development (PD) sessions. The goal of the project was to develop an understanding of the types of K-grade 2 tasks that promote argumentation, the types of discourse and argumentation that K-grade 2 students engage…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Primary Education, Elementary School Mathematics

Skinner, Abbe; Louie, Nicole; Baldinger, Evra M. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

One of the most important jobs mathematics teachers have is supporting students and helping them to develop confidence in their own capabilities as mathematical thinkers. Children who do not believe in themselves are unlikely to share their ideas, persevere through challenges, or take risks that lead to new insights. Yet many students have no…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Mathematics Teachers, Teacher Student Relationship

Bray, Wendy S.; Johnson, Jillian D.; Rivera, Nancy; Fink, Lee-Ann; Bauduin, Charity; Schoen, Robert C. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

As part of the Foundations for Success in STEM project at Florida State University, more than thirty teams of teachers have used the Formative Assessment Collaborative Team (FACT) meeting model to work together toward better understanding of their students' mathematical thinking and its implications for instruction. This article provides a brief…

Descriptors: Teamwork, Teacher Collaboration, Mathematics Instruction, Teacher Attitudes

Ebby, Caroline B.; Hulbert, Elizabeth T.; Fletcher, Nicole – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

Assessing student learning traditionally involves determining whether students can solve a certain percentage of problems correctly, under the assumption that this achievement indicates they have the knowledge and understanding they need to progress to new topics. This article explores what teachers can learn from looking closely at student…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Mathematical Logic, Learning Processes

Karp, Karen S.; Bush, Sarah B.; Dougherty, Barbara J. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

Word problems are an essential component of providing a context for computation but are also recognized as an enduring struggle for students. Students are challenged to solve these story-based problems, often resorting to trial and error. This article presents meaningful alternative approaches to helping students make sense of word problems.

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Word Problems (Mathematics), Problem Solving

Livers, Stefanie D.; Harbour, Kristin E.; Fowler, Lindsey – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

In this article, Lindsey Fowler describes how an animal rhyme--that she shared with her fifth-grade students with the intention of assisting them with the concept of metric conversions--made fostering the Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP) more difficult. The addition of animals, which added an extraneous element that students mistakenly…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Grade 5, Metric System, Mathematical Concepts

Suh, Jennifer; Birkhead, Sara; Farmer, Rachelle Romero; Galanti, Terrie; Nietert, Alexandrea; Bauer, Tyler; Seshaiyer, Padmanabhan – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

The sandwich problem described in this article would likely be considered more appropriate for third grade or above. However, as members of the research team for a lesson study involving teachers from kindergarten through fourth grade, the authors saw kindergarten students rise to the challenge. The authors invite readers to review two scenarios,…

Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Kindergarten, Young Children, Mathematics Instruction

Tamargo, Vi; Johnston, Tod – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

The right types of technology can create new opportunities for students to demonstrate mathematical understandings and can strengthen existing formative assessment practices. The authors write that they frequently use the Math Learning Center apps--covering the range of manipulatives and models--to empower students to explain their thinking. The…

Descriptors: Computer Oriented Programs, Mathematics Instruction, Grade 2, Elementary School Students

Strayton, Marianne V.; Lawton, Lisa Watts – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

At the start of every school year, teachers typically wonder what their new students know coming into the grade level. Sometimes, though, they place too much emphasis on what children do not know or have forgotten over summer break. After all, those gaps can be glaring. Helping their students grow is like helping an acorn grow; they must watch for…

Descriptors: Mathematics, Professional Personnel, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods

Huinker, DeAnn – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

Mathematics education at the high school level is not working for many students. Although there has been steady improvement in mathematics learning at the elementary and middle school levels across the United States, for the past decade, student achievement has remained essentially flat at the high school level (NCES 2015, 2016). One possible…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Learner Engagement, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Students

Batista, Lisa Nguyen; Chapin, Suzanne H. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

Classroom discourse is critical to helping students learn mathematics. Interacting with peers and the teacher within a classroom community assists students in building their understanding of mathematical concepts. A discourse community, sometimes referred to as a math-talk learning community, is "a classroom community in which the teacher and…

Descriptors: Discourse Communities, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Teachers

Shumway, Jessica F.; Hoggan, Jessica – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

The standards from the Operations and Algebraic Thinking (OA) domain in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) build on one another across the grades (CCSSI 2010). Understanding each grade level's OA standards is necessary within the broader context of the K-grade 5 OA standards. In this article, the authors share their…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Grade 2, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Mathematics

Hong, Dae S.; Runnalls, Cristina – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

There are fundamental questions that teachers should ask themselves and their students as they prepare lessons on calculating area. Area measurement is commonly used in everyday life (perhaps to carpet a room or organize a space) and plays a foundational role in mathematics from multiplication all way up to calculus. Despite the usefulness of area…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Textbooks, Geometric Concepts, Measurement