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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
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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
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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
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Joswick, Candace; Clements, Douglas H.; Sarama, Julie; Banse, Holland W.; Day-Hess, Crystal A. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019
The teacher displayed counting cards that included both dots and numerals in order from one to five, as she counted them with her students. She then turned the cards facedown, keeping them in order, and began an identify-a-hidden-card activity with the class. This class was engaged in the third of three card activities that develop number sense…
Descriptors: Mathematics Activities, Instructional Materials, Mathematics Instruction, Executive Function
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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
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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
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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
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Kuehnert, Eloise R. A.; Eddy, Colleen M.; Miller, Daphyne; Pratt, Sarah S.; Senawongsa, Chanika – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2018
In this article, the authors describe the Japanese term "bansho," which refers to the intentional use of board space for facilitating student learning. Bansho offers a structure for sequencing mathematics visually on the board. By purposefully organizing the board space alongside the lesson, teachers can provide students with a framework…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Visual Stimuli
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Wickstrom, Megan H.; Aytes, Tracy – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2018
Mathematical modeling is an important and accessible process for elementary school students because it allows them to use mathematics to engage with the world and consider if and when to use it to help them reason about a situation. It fosters productive struggle and twenty-first-century skills that will aid them throughout their lifetime.
Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematical Models, Computation, Relevance (Education)
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Battery, Dan; Neal, Rebecca A.; Hunsdon, Jessica – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2018
Framing mathematics ability as innate or intimately connected to someone's intelligence is common. Have you ever heard a parent or colleague say something akin to, "Jonathan can really write, but I don't know what happened in math!"? Unfortunately, this framing not only narrowly describes how mathematics learning occurs but also raises…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Teacher Student Relationship, Caring
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Chval, Kathryn B.; Pinnow, Rachel J. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2018
Because talking about their mathematical ideas is difficult for emergent bilinguals if they do not have experience with the language used to represent those ideas, constructing math lessons wherein the materials and tasks support the development of fruitful talk is an important task for the teacher. Waiting until emergent bilinguals are fully…
Descriptors: Grade 3, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Students, Bilingual Students
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Lloyd, Gwendolyn M.; Coon-Kitt, Mary Jayne; Hassinger, Hayley; Roth, Katie – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2018
This article focuses on one common type of many different classroom discussions, open-strategy sharing (OSS), because it offers a starting point for teachers new to mathematical discussions. The goal of an OSS discussion is to explore multiple possible ways to solve a single mathematical task. Students share strategies, listen to others'…
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Teacher Student Relationship
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Rawlins, Debra; Hernandez, Natasha; Miller, William – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2018
A second-grade class visits Saint John's Food Pantry each year and spends the morning learning about the needs of the community. Then students pitch in and help the staff for a few hours. When the children return to school, they create signs advertising a canned food drive, and they place collection boxes at various locations around the school.…
Descriptors: Grade 2, Problem Solving, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Students
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Andrews, Delise R.; Bandemer, Karla J. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2018
Productive mathematical conversations are a significant component of developing students' mathematical understanding and ability to effectively communicate their thinking, and the types of questions teachers ask can either hinder or advance that development. Seeking to understand students' thinking while monitoring their initial work on a task…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Questioning Techniques, Mathematics Instruction, Cooperative Planning
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Peña, Jesica; Cortina, José Luis; Višnovská, Jana – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2018
This article describes how a teacher in Mexico City worked with two researchers on an instructional design project to help kindergartners become proficient in participating in whole-class mathematical conversations.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Mathematics Instruction
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