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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

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

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

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

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

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

Ding, Meixia – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2018

Tape diagrams, also known as strip diagrams, bar models, fraction strips, or length models, are linear representations that can be used to effectively model quantitative relationships during problem solving. Tape diagrams are a powerful model recommended by the Common Core, but they are relatively new to teachers and students in the United States.…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Grade 2

Thomas, Amanda – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2017

Increasing availability of digital devices in elementary school classrooms presents exciting new opportunities for teachers to support the teaching and learning of mathematics. Although many of the math applications available for these devices focus on drill and practice of mathematical procedures, screencasting apps can help support effective…

Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Vignettes, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematical Applications

Gresham, Gina; Shannon, Tracy – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2017

Mathematics discourse is a teaching approach that encourages student discussion and reveals an understanding of concepts as students engage in mathematical reasoning and debate (Cobb 2006). Grabowski and Ke (2007) posit that students have significantly higher achievement and positive attitudes toward mathematics after participating in gaming…

Descriptors: Grade 1, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Skills, Mathematics Achievement

Hodges, Thomas E.; Johnson, Malisa; Roy, George J. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2017

Children's intuitive understandings of mathematical ideas--both correct, generalizable strategies alongside misconceptions--showcase the complexity of their thinking. However, recognizing children as complex thinkers is one thing but it is another thing altogether to leverage their ideas to plan for and carry out mathematics instruction. The…

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

Zeybek, Zulfiye; Cross Francis, Dionne I. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2017

Measurement is an important component of K-grade 12 mathematics curricula. The concepts of area and perimeter of polygons are first introduced in third grade and serve as the basis for teaching in the upper grades. Without a strong understanding of measurement, students will struggle to meaningfully grasp three-dimensional measurement concepts…

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

Kurz, Terri L.; Robles, Rolando – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2016

To improve access to STEM curriculum, an activity was planned that presents the opportunity to design and build using gears and other tools. In this challenge, preservice elementary school teachers were asked to mathematically analyze gears and create an amusement park ride that uses gears to spin. Although this lesson was implemented with…

Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, STEM Education, Mathematics Activities, Preservice Teachers

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

Sci, Eve; Kircher, Kristen Sendrowski; Shook, Heather – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2016

A team of teachers from the same New York City public school met to discuss and compare the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) to their current math curriculum. The group consisted of four kindergarten teachers, a representative from the first-grade teaching team, and the school's math coach. During the first meeting, the…

Descriptors: Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Kindergarten, Young Children