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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

Walter, Hope A. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2018

Discourse in mathematics classrooms has been at the forefront of mathematics reform for years. Of the eight NCTM Mathematics Teaching Practices, four relate specifically to the use of discussion, questioning, and the analysis of student thinking that is based on discourse. As an answer to the demand for discourse within many mathematics classroom,…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Classroom Communication, Learner Engagement, Academic Discourse

Pace, Michelle H.; Ortiz, Enrique – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2016

When a second-grade class struggled to make sense of the algorithms for multidigit addition and subtraction, attitude and morale were down, and student discourse was at an all-time low. When daily mathematics class started, the teacher was hearing an overall class moan. The instructed needed to turn it around, to find a way to help excite and…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Grade 2, Elementary School Mathematics, Teaching Methods

Kazemi, Elham; Gibbons, Lynsey K.; Lomax, Kendra; Franke, Megan L. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2016

Eliciting, responding to, and advancing students' mathematical thinking all lie at the heart of great teaching. In this article, the authors describe a formative assessment approach that teachers can use to learn more about their students' mathematical thinking and inform their instructional decisions. This assessment approach draws on a widely…

Descriptors: Mathematical Aptitude, Formative Evaluation, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Improvement

Fuentes, Sarah Quebec; Quebec, Rachael – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2016

"Ensuring Mathematical Success for All" (NCTM 2010) outlines eight teaching practices for effective teaching and learning of mathematics. One of the teaching practices, building procedural fluency from conceptual understanding, states the following: Effective teaching of mathematics builds fluency with procedures on a foundation of…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices, Mathematical Concepts

McCoy, Ann; Barnett, Joann; Stine, Tammy – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2016

Without a doubt, fractions prove to be a stumbling block for many children. Researchers have suggested a variety of explanations for why this is the case. The introduction of symbolization and operations before the development of conceptual understanding of fractions, a lack of understanding of the role of the numerator and denominator, and an…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Fractions, Mathematical Concepts, Teaching Methods

Switzer, J. Matt – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2016

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' (NCTM's) "Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All" outlines eight teaching practices for effective teaching and learning of mathematics (NCTM 2014). One of the teaching practices, "elicit and use evidence of student thinking," states, "Effective teaching of…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Thinking Skills, Mathematical Logic

Banse, Holland W.; Palacios, Natalia A.; Merritt, Eileen G.; Rimm-Kaufman, Sara E. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2016

Facilitating productive discussions in the mathematics classroom is a challenge for many teachers. Discourse--student communication of mathematical ideas with teachers and peers--provides a platform on which students share their understanding, clarify misperceptions, and evaluate ideas. If students are unable to access and participate in…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), English Language Learners, Teaching Methods

Tzur, Ron; Hunt, Jessica – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2015

Often, students who solve fraction tasks respond in ways that indicate inadequate conceptual grounding of unit fractions. Many elementary school curricula use folding, partitioning, shading, and naming parts of various wholes to develop children's understanding of unit and then nonunit fractions (e.g., coloring three of four parts of a pizza and…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Mathematical Concepts, Concept Formation

Enderson, Mary C. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2015

This article presents a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) activity, building an air cannon, in a mathematics classroom. It describes an investigation grounded in STEM concepts that elementary and middle school teachers carried out to think about ways of implementing STEM activities into their instruction. This particular…

Descriptors: STEM Education, Mathematics Instruction, Experiential Learning, Elementary School Mathematics

Kurz, Terri L.; Serrano, Alejandra – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2015

To support students' development of concepts in mathematics, the use of technology is often encouraged (Common Core State Standards Initiative [CCSSI] 2010). Technology can contextualize learning and provide a meaningful setting for mathematical ideas. Most teachers are supportive regarding the use of technology to encourage learning and…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Concept Formation, Teaching Methods

Erbilgin, Evrim – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2015

This article describes a series of two linear measurement activities designed to integrate the related content and processes of Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) into classroom practice using nonstandard units. In the article, nonstandard units refer to same-size, repeatable units (e.g., paper clips, feet) for a specified…

Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Measurement, Mathematics Instruction, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique)

Kling, Gina; Bay-Williams, Jennifer M. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2014

In this article, the authors share a variety of ways to formatively assess basic fact fluency. The define fluency, raise some issues related to timed testing, and then share a collection of classroom-tested ideas for authentic fact fluency assessment. This article encourages teachers to try a variety of alternative assessments from this sampling,…

Descriptors: Mathematics Skills, Formative Evaluation, Student Evaluation, Evaluation Methods

Lee, Mi Yeon – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2014

In the technology-rich twenty-first century, students are required to actively construct their knowledge and collaboratively engage in problem solving by using such skills as adaptability, communication, self-management, and systematic thinking. In accordance with this necessity, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education…

Descriptors: Educational Technology, STEM Education, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students

Sibley, Amanda; Kurz, Terri L. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2014

Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22. Teachers often commemorate Earth Day with their classes by planting trees, discussing important conservation topics (such as recycling or preventing pollution), and encouraging students to take care of planet Earth. To promote observance of Earth Day in an intermediate elementary school classroom, this…

Descriptors: Forestry, Elementary School Students, Mathematics Instruction, Sustainability