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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
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Pace, Michelle H.; Ortiz, Enrique – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2015
As a Title I kindergarten teacher, Michelle Pace, second grade teacher at Lake Mary Elementary School in Florida, has seen firsthand how oral language can create roadblocks for students in all areas of the curriculum, both academically and socially. At the time this article was written, the state of Florida had recently adopted the Common Core…
Descriptors: Oral Language, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Elementary School Mathematics
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Siegel, Aryn A.; Ortiz, Enrique – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2012
The recent push for more problem solving in elementary school mathematics classrooms intimidates many teachers. Anyone can look at the arguments--that problem solving deepens knowledge, provides real-world context, allows for multiple entry points, and so on--and see their logic and potential (Lester and Charles 2003). But teachers tend to think…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Problem Solving, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction
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Ortiz, Enrique – Teaching Children Mathematics, 1994
Presents a geometry game which offers K-2 students a way to learn geometric concepts and skills as part of a small-group or cooperative-learning activity or in a learning center. (MKR)
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Educational Games, Elementary School Mathematics, Geometric Concepts