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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

Buchheister, Kelley; Jackson, Christa; Taylor, Cynthia E. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

Equitable instruction is reflected in how students are positioned in the classroom and how their identities evolve through purposeful interactions that value and recognize the intellectual capacity of each student. In this article, the authors describe how a kindergarten teacher planned and facilitated a geometry lesson that attended to the…

Descriptors: Equal Education, Classroom Environment, Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers

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

Rumsey, Chepina; Guarino, Jody; Gildea, Rachael; Cho, Christina Y.; Lockhart, Bethany – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

Early career K-grade 2 teachers in a yearlong project explored discourse and mathematical argumentation through monthly professional development (PD) sessions. The goal of the project was to develop an understanding of the types of K-grade 2 tasks that promote argumentation, the types of discourse and argumentation that K-grade 2 students engage…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Primary Education, Elementary School Mathematics

Wood, Marcy B.; Sheldon, James; Felton-Koestler, Mathew D.; Oslund, Joy; Parks, Amy Noelle; Crespo, Sandra; Featherstone, Helen – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

Thinking about students in terms of participation instead of "high" or "low" achievers is more than replacing one term with another; it encourages us to shift our focus to student activity as well as barriers to and supports for productive activity. It encourages us to create classroom spaces that draw on student strengths and…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Equal Education, Classroom Environment, Student Centered Learning

Huinker, DeAnn – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

Mathematics education at the high school level is not working for many students. Although there has been steady improvement in mathematics learning at the elementary and middle school levels across the United States, for the past decade, student achievement has remained essentially flat at the high school level (NCES 2015, 2016). One possible…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Learner Engagement, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Students

Sussman, Annie; Hammerman, James K. L.; Higgins, Traci; Hochberg, Eric D. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

Teachers' questions shape the instructional environment and the direction of mathematics discussions in critical ways. This article is the product of a research study on the relationship between teachers' questions and student engagement in the Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP) during whole-class discussions. Using classroom video gathered…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Learner Engagement, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematical Concepts

Batista, Lisa Nguyen; Chapin, Suzanne H. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

Classroom discourse is critical to helping students learn mathematics. Interacting with peers and the teacher within a classroom community assists students in building their understanding of mathematical concepts. A discourse community, sometimes referred to as a math-talk learning community, is "a classroom community in which the teacher and…

Descriptors: Discourse Communities, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Teachers

Shumway, Jessica F.; Hoggan, Jessica – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

The standards from the Operations and Algebraic Thinking (OA) domain in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) build on one another across the grades (CCSSI 2010). Understanding each grade level's OA standards is necessary within the broader context of the K-grade 5 OA standards. In this article, the authors share their…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Grade 2, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Mathematics

Hong, Dae S.; Runnalls, Cristina – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

There are fundamental questions that teachers should ask themselves and their students as they prepare lessons on calculating area. Area measurement is commonly used in everyday life (perhaps to carpet a room or organize a space) and plays a foundational role in mathematics from multiplication all way up to calculus. Despite the usefulness of area…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Textbooks, Geometric Concepts, Measurement

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)