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Wilson, P. Holt; Myers, Marrielle; Edgington, Cyndi; Confrey, Jere – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2012

Whether sharing a collection of toys among friends or a pie for dessert, children as young as kindergarten age are keen on making sure that everyone gets their "fair share." In the classroom, fair-sharing activities call for creating equal-size groups from a collection of objects or creating equal-size parts of a whole and are generally used by…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Young Children, Elementary School Mathematics

Barlow, Angela T.; Harmon, Shannon – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2012

Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) is different from the objectives that many teachers have previously experienced in their state frameworks. Although the mathematical topics of the two may be the same, the mathematical expectations within the Standards require a deeper understanding by teachers and students. In this article, the…

Descriptors: State Standards, Grade 3, Grade 4, Mathematics Instruction

Kurz, Terri L. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2012

Do manufacturers' claims about water projectile toys measure up? It is one thing to assert that a Super Soaker[R] shoots thirty linear feet, but can it really shoot that far? This lesson gives students an opportunity to test the claims, experience measurement in a meaningful context, and analyze data within that context. Although measurement can…

Descriptors: Toys, Mathematics Instruction, Measurement, Creative Teaching

McCool, Jenni K.; Holland, Carol – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2012

As teachers work to ensure that their students meet and exceed standards set by state and national governing bodies, the need for teacher support becomes greater and greater. Teachers, who play the most important role in a student's education, are faced with a classroom full of children who understand concepts on many different levels. To gain…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Measurement, Academic Standards, Mathematics Skills

Polly, Drew; Orrill, Chandra – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2012

Cognitively demanding tasks are at the heart of the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSSI 2010). As with all the grades, teachers of grades 5 and 6 are challenged to use tasks that simultaneously address the grade-level Standards as well as the Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP). Cognitively demanding tasks…

Descriptors: Academic Standards, State Standards, Instructional Program Divisions, Elementary School Mathematics

Siegel, Aryn A.; Ortiz, Enrique – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2012

The recent push for more problem solving in elementary school mathematics classrooms intimidates many teachers. Anyone can look at the arguments--that problem solving deepens knowledge, provides real-world context, allows for multiple entry points, and so on--and see their logic and potential (Lester and Charles 2003). But teachers tend to think…

Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Problem Solving, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction

Russell, Susan Jo – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2012

The Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSSM) are, at the same time, promising and problematic. Some educators hope that the adoption and implementation of this document can result in a deeper, more coherent curriculum for all students. Others are concerned that it will push schools and teachers to be even more focused than they have been…

Descriptors: Academic Standards, State Standards, Mathematics, Differences

Wilson, Johnnie – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2012

According to the author, much of their math teaching is through pictures and words. They write number sentences, they draw geometric figures, and they talk about math. The representations they use--numbers, shapes, operators, and mathematics vocabulary--make it possible for them to learn and communicate mathematical ideas. These representations…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Nonverbal Communication, Grade 1, Elementary School Mathematics

Schulman, Steven M. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2012

The author's teaching goal is always to make certain that his students, children and adults alike, have some reason for joining him on his mathematical journeys. The lesson he describes in this article provides him with the unusual opportunity to call attention to strategies that have had a long history and remarkable results. With careful…

Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Grade 5, Elementary School Mathematics

Larson, Matthew R. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2012

As elementary educators across the country begin to interpret the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSI 2010) and put them into practice, this article takes a look at this latest set of mathematics standards from a historical viewpoint. The author discusses how educators might use a historical perspective to make the outcome of…

Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, State Standards, Academic Standards, Teaching Methods

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

Thomas, Jonathan N.; Tabor, Pamela D. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2012

Moving beyond physical interactions with materials is a significant mathematical step for students that is often difficult to take. Persistent tally-mark use, for example, among older children is a testament to this challenge. For many students, shifting away from tangible tools begins a precarious journey; teachers should support it with…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Imagery, Teaching Methods, Arithmetic

Christenson, Bridget; Wager, Anita A. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2012

One of the many challenges teachers face is trying to differentiate instruction so all students have equal opportunities to participate, learn, and engage. To provide guidelines for differentiated instruction in mathematics, staff from the Madison Metropolitan School District in Wisconsin created a pedagogical framework for teaching called…

Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Algebra, Vignettes, Elementary School Teachers

Bleiler, Sarah K.; Thompson, Denisse R. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2012

Given the recent release and widespread state adoption of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM), teachers across the country now have common goals related to what their students should understand about particular mathematical topics. The authors of CCSSM explain, "Asking a student to understand something means asking a teacher to…

Descriptors: State Standards, Curriculum Development, Elementary School Students, Mathematics Instruction

Holbert, Sydney M.; Barlow, Angela T. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2012

With the introduction of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), teachers must now teach math with an eye on simultaneously meeting the Standards for Mathematical Practice (CCSSI 2010). These Standards "describe varieties of expertise that math educators at all levels should seek to develop in their students" (p. 6). The first Standard, that…

Descriptors: Academic Standards, Problem Solving, Mathematics Instruction, Learner Engagement