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Crawford, Lindy; Quebec Fuentes, Sarah; Huscroft-D'Angelo, Jacqueline; Higgins, Kristina N. – Intervention in School and Clinic, 2019

Meaningful inclusion of quantitative reasoning into mathematics instruction requires meaningful ways to evaluate it. Few formative assessments exist to evaluate the strategies students use when reasoning mathematically. The Framework for Evaluating Quantitative Reasoning Strategies presented in this article provides teachers with categories for…

Descriptors: Fractions, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Logic, Student Evaluation

Boote, Stacy K. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2016

Students' success with fourth-grade content standards builds on mathematical knowledge learned in third grade and creates a conceptual foundation for division standards in subsequent grades that focus on the division algorithm. The division standards in fourth and fifth grade are similar; but in fourth grade, division problem divisors are only one…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Grade 4, Grade 5

Store, Jessie C.; Richardson, Kerri D.; Carter, Tyrette S. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2016

Based on a study with six elementary school teachers and 115 students in grades 3, 4, and 5, this article discusses ways that teachers might support an understanding of variable as students explore pattern-finding activities. The practices emerged from interviews with teachers and a yearlong observation of teaching algebraic thinking during an…

Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Interviews

Markworth, Kimberly A. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2016

A "repeating pattern" is a cyclical repetition of an identifiable core. Children in the primary grades usually begin pattern work with fairly simple patterns, such as AB, ABC, or ABB patterns. The unique letters represent unique elements, whereas the sequence of letters represents the core that is repeated. Based on color, shape,…

Descriptors: Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Mathematics Teachers

Kling, Gina; Bay-Williams, Jennifer M. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2015

"That was the day I decided I was bad at math." Countless times, preservice and in-service teachers make statements such as this after sharing vivid memories of learning multiplication facts. Timed tests; public competitive games, such as Around the World; and visible displays of who has and has not mastered groups of facts still…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Multiplication, Mathematics Skills

Groth, Randall E. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2015

Some statisticians have pointed out that the field of statistics essentially exists to study the variability seen in everyday life. Because variability is so foundational, the "Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education" (GAISE 2007), published by the American Statistical Association (ASA), recommend that teachers…

Descriptors: Statistics, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Common Core State Standards

McCormick, Kelly K. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2015

To be able to support meaningful mathematical experiences, preservice elementary school teachers (PSTs) must learn mathematics in deep and meaningful ways (Ma 1999). They need to experience investigating and making sense of the mathematics they will be called on to teach. To expand their own--often limited--views of what it means to teach and…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers

Jewett, Pamela; Johnson, Denise; Lowery, Ruth McKoy; Stiles, James W. – Journal of Children's Literature, 2015

In this article, the authors provide a synopsis of the 2014 Children's Literature Assembly (CLA) Workshop. The Workshop explored how fiction and nonfiction children's and young adult's literature create opportunities for in-depth learning in the content areas. Participants had the opportunity to hear the stories of authors and illustrators of…

Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Mathematical Concepts, Childrens Literature, Adolescent Literature

Swanson, Patricia E. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2015

Elementary school mathematics is increasingly recognized for its crucial role in developing the foundational skills and understandings for algebra. In this article, the author uses a lesson to introduce the concept of "rates"--comparing two different types and units of measure--and how to graph them. Described is the lesson and shared…

Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Skills, Algebra, Skill Development

Prescott, Anne; Pressick-Kilborn, Kimberley – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2015

In this article it can be seen how primary school students, pre-service and in-service teachers can all benefit from the experience of participating in a lunchtime maths club. A range of activities suitable for an extracurricular club is included.

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Teaching Methods

Isler, Isil; Marum, Tim; Stephens, Ana; Blanton, Maria; Knuth, Eric; Gardiner, Angela Murphy – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2014

The study of functions has traditionally received the most attention at the secondary level, both in curricula and in standards documents--for example, the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSI 2010) and "Principles and Standards for School Mathematics" (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics [NCTM] 2000). However, the…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Algebra, Mathematical Concepts, Elementary School Mathematics

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

Roche, Anne; Clarke, Doug – Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 2014

Anne Roche and Doug Clarke discuss the importance of developing students' persistence in relation to problem solving during the use of challenging tasks. They provide a useful list of strategies that teachers can use to encourage persistence amongst their students.

Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Academic Persistence, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics

Gearhart, Maryl; Saxe, Geoffrey B. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2014

In this article, the authors illustrates techniques for integrating diverse learners in shared mathematical contexts while providing differentiated support or challenge, as necessary. The techniques described were developed for a curriculum project entitled Learning Mathematics through Representations (LMR). A premise of LMR is that students'…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Individualized Instruction, Student Diversity

Phelps, Katherine A. G. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2012

During the winter of 2011, the author faced an instructional dilemma: Should she teach the concept of adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators using a "quick trick" for the sake of staying on schedule, or should she try something different in hopes that her students would gain understanding through their own methods? The latter…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Grade 5, Mathematical Concepts, Elementary School Mathematics