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Millsaps, Gayle M. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2012

The concepts of angle and angle measure have been acknowledged as difficult for elementary school students to grasp (Strutchens, Martin, and Kenney 2003). The Wedge activity (Browning and Garza-Kling 2009; Van de Walle 2004; Wilson 1990) can provide an opportunity for students to examine their understanding of angle measurement and to rethink what…

Descriptors: Geometry, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction

Dacey, Linda; Polly, Drew – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2012

The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) were "designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that young people need for success in college and careers" (CCSSI 2010). For the first time in U.S. history, a set of standards is established that will be taught in nearly every state. Forty-four…

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, State Standards, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Mathematics

Kalb, Kristina S.; Gravett, Julie M. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2012

By following learned rules rather than reasoning, students often fall into common error patterns, something every experienced teacher has observed in the classroom. In their effort to circumvent the developing common error patterns of their students, the authors decided to supplement their math text with two weeklong investigations. The first was…

Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Number Concepts, Error Patterns, Computation

Nelson, Catherine J. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2012

The author is a strong proponent of incorporating the Content and Process Standards (NCTM 2000) into the teaching of mathematics. For candidates in her methods course, she models research-based best practices anchored in the Standards. Her students use manipulatives, engage in problem-solving activities, listen to children's literature, and use…

Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Childrens Literature, Best Practices, Mathematics Instruction

Minetola, Janice; Serr, Konnie; Nelson, Laureen – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2012

Teachers have the opportunity to capitalize on a vast array of real-world, two- and three-dimensional objects as they guide students in developing a conceptual understanding of geometric shapes. An important component of the NCTM Standards is to use teaching methodologies that engage children in making real-world connections to the mathematics…

Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Geometry, Geometric Concepts, Mathematics Instruction

Ensign, Jacque – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2012

Elementary school teachers in Seattle, Washington, are encouraged to adapt differentiated instructional practices in math to accommodate the particular students in their own classrooms. Seattle Public Schools is a large, urban district serving 47,000 students who speak over a hundred languages. More than a third receive free or reduced lunch. The…

Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, Teaching Methods, Coaching (Performance), Mathematics Instruction

Hawes, Zachary; Moss, Joan; Finch, Heather; Katz, Jacques – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2012

In this article, the authors begin with a description of an algebraic dance--the translation of composite linear growing patterns into choreographed movement--which was the last component of a research-based instructional unit that focused on fostering an understanding of linear functional rules through geometric growing patterns and…

Descriptors: Low Achievement, Classroom Environment, Geometric Concepts, Mathematics Instruction

Thom, Jennifer S. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2011

This article presents a descriptive account of an after-school study. The participants--Allan (male, ten years), Veronique (female, nine years), and William (male, ten years)--all spoke English as their first language and were considered by their classroom teachers to be meeting the provincially set expectations for the fifth-grade curriculum…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Grade 5, Elementary School Teachers, Algebra

Zambo, Ron; Zambo, Debby – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2011

The classic Chickens and Pigs problem is considered to be an algebraic problem with two equations and two unknowns. In this article, the authors describe how third-grade teacher Maria is using it to develop a problem-based lesson because she is looking to her students' future needs. As Maria plans, she considers how a series of problems with the…

Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Socialization, Teacher Effectiveness, Problem Solving

Dietiker, Leslie C.; Gonulates, Funda; Smith, John P., III – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2011

Although the Curriculum Principle in "Principles and Standards for School Mathematics" states, "A school mathematics curriculum is a strong determinant of what students have an opportunity to learn and what they do learn," this article seeks to help teachers enhance tasks found in commonly used textbooks to create additional opportunities for…

Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Textbooks, Educational Opportunities, Measurement

Williams, Madelyn M.; Casa, Tutita M. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2011

As recommended by National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the first author regularly relies on her first graders' writing to assess their reasoning about important math concepts. Their writing serves as a culminating activity that allows her to better assess the depth of each student's understanding following class activities and…

Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Class Activities, Discussion, Mathematics Teachers

Redford, Christine – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2011

Children's mathematical questions are often based in real-world experiences, as they instinctively make connections to the world around them. In teaching math methods courses, this author recently started to emphasize the importance of fostering curiosity in, and activating the thinking of, the students. In this article, she describes how to tap…

Descriptors: Methods Courses, Preservice Teacher Education, Mathematics Instruction, Student Interests

Graves, Barbara – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2011

Educators often speak of teaching as "listening," yet they seldom encounter it in practice. What converts pedagogical space into authentic educational experience is a climate of respect that is born of serious, just, humble, and generous relationships in which both the authority of the teacher and the freedom of the students are ethically…

Descriptors: Geometry, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction

Rathouz, Margaret – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2011

Children are naturally curious and want to make sense of their world. To implement mathematical tasks that nurture children's desire to reason, it is valuable for teachers to have experienced for themselves comparable tasks and learning environments (Ball and Bass 2000). In this article, the author describes three strategies to facilitate…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Thinking Skills, Logical Thinking

Christy, Donna; Lambe, Karen; Payson, Christine; Carnevale, Patricia – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2011

The crucial need for a mathematically literate society, coupled with a sustained focus on mathematics standards, continues its center-stage presence. At the same time, "Principles and Standards" states that it is imperative to offer "all students high-quality programs that include significant mathematics presented in a manner that respects both…

Descriptors: Mathematics Activities, Fantasy, Parent Participation, After School Programs