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Ryan, Laura E.; Dietiker, Leslie – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2018

One way to recognize how mathematical lessons can be stimulating for children is to interpret them as stories. If mathematical lessons follow a structure similar to that of a story, they can build anticipation, create surprise, and even generate intrigue (Egan 1988). To support the design of mathematical lessons with these types of aesthetic…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Aesthetics, Grade 5

Russo, James A. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2018

Three-in-a-Row Lucky Numbers is an engaging, enjoyable, mathematically meaningful, game-based activity involving dice and a hundred chart, which can be used to introduce students to multiplication. The game provides a mechanism for students to explore the structure of multiplication, experiment with the distributive property, and begin to…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Multiplication, Educational Games, Teaching Methods

Raisor, Jill M.; Hudson, Rick A. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2018

Early childhood provides a time of crucial growth in all developmental domains. Prekindergarten is an optimal time for young children to use objects of play as a medium to explore new cognitive concepts, including mathematical structure. Mathematical structure plays an important role in providing students a means to reason about mathematics,…

Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Mathematics Instruction, Manipulative Materials, Teaching Methods

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

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)

Barlow, Angela T.; Watson, Lucy A.; Tessema, Amdeberhan A.; Lischka, Alyson E.; Strayer, Jeremy F. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2018

The inspection of mistakes can play a powerful role in an individual's learning process (Boaler 2015). The purpose of this article is to support the reader in selecting mistakes that can be leveraged to benefit the learning of all students. Specifically, the authors focus on "which" and "why": "which" mistakes to…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Error Correction, Learning Processes

Thomas, Jonathan N. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2018

Gesture is a powerful and frequent means of mathematical communication. It is a rich modality through which we may reach out to students and they may reach out to teachers, and this is particularly true for instances in which spoken language is not necessarily a commonality among classroom participants. Indeed, our movements help us share more…

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

Amirshokoohi, Aidin; Wisniewski, Daniel P. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2018

The aim of this article is to discuss key elements of a constructivist-based elementary mathematics methods course and the role of each component in enhancing elementary school teacher candidates' mathematical understanding, interest in, and confidence with learning and teaching mathematics while decreasing their math-related anxiety and fear. The…

Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Methods Courses, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers

Martínez, José Manuel; Ramírez, Laura – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2018

When the focus of instruction is on learning to use mathematical tools--such as a ruler or a calculator--as a procedure, students tend not to incorporate their own mathematical reasoning. This unreflective use of tools hinders students' questioning of the reasonableness of their answers. This article describes how children expressed their…

Descriptors: Geometric Concepts, Geometry, Mathematics Instruction, Measurement Equipment

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

Brickwedde, James – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2018

This article examines the importance of developing the notion of place value as a rate of ten. In exploring how to nurture this concept, the author looks at the role of the language of value, the problem types of multistep multiplication and addition along with measurement division, each with ten as an organizing unit, as well as strategically…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Concept Formation, Multiplication

Parks, Amy Noelle; Wakabayashi, Tomoko; Hardin, Beth – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2018

In many prekindergarten classes, children begin the day by singing a song as part of their opening routine. In reflecting on opening routines in public prekindergarten classrooms across Michigan, the authors have been struck by how often small changes in teachers' routines or materials could enrich the mathematical engagement of children. The goal…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Preschool Education, Preschool Children, Teaching Methods

Singer, Bethany; Shafer, Kathryn G. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2018

Building physical models is a natural activity for children and provides a context for lessons on two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) shapes. However, children do not think of their models as prisms, cylinders, and pyramids. Their creations are spaceships, tunnels, castles, and nets on the floor. Creating these types of shapes with…

Descriptors: Kindergarten, Young Children, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Skills

Gibbons, Lynsey K.; Knapp, Melinda C.; Lind, Teresa – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2018

Curiosity about student thinking lies at the heart of great mathematics teaching. When teachers are curious about and grounded in their students' thinking, their proficiency at eliciting, interpreting, and responding to student ideas increases (NCTM 2014). Coaching conversations that focus on students' thinking can support teachers in developing…

Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Mathematics Instruction, Instructional Effectiveness, Thinking Skills

Baker, Courtney; Knapp, Melinda C.; Galanti, Terrie – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2018

Acknowledging the critical role of mathematics coaches in enhancing teacher capacity, positively influencing teacher beliefs, and increasing teacher investment in professional development, NCTM's "Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All" (2014) calls on coaches to "take action." However, coaches seek…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Coaching (Performance), Mathematics Teachers, Teacher Attitudes