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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

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

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

Skinner, Abbe; Louie, Nicole; Baldinger, Evra M. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

One of the most important jobs mathematics teachers have is supporting students and helping them to develop confidence in their own capabilities as mathematical thinkers. Children who do not believe in themselves are unlikely to share their ideas, persevere through challenges, or take risks that lead to new insights. Yet many students have no…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills, Mathematics Teachers, Teacher Student Relationship

Bray, Wendy S.; Johnson, Jillian D.; Rivera, Nancy; Fink, Lee-Ann; Bauduin, Charity; Schoen, Robert C. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

As part of the Foundations for Success in STEM project at Florida State University, more than thirty teams of teachers have used the Formative Assessment Collaborative Team (FACT) meeting model to work together toward better understanding of their students' mathematical thinking and its implications for instruction. This article provides a brief…

Descriptors: Teamwork, Teacher Collaboration, Mathematics Instruction, Teacher Attitudes

Trueman, Jennifer – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2019

Mistakes are a window into students' mathematical understanding. Taking the time to analyze mistakes can inform you of where students are in their thinking. They can also guide you with respect to how to proceed with instruction. Introduced here are two categories of mistakes: meaty mistakes and minor mistakes. Meaty mistakes demonstrate gaps in…

Descriptors: Error Patterns, Error Correction, Mathematics Skills, Mathematics Instruction

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

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

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

McCormick, Kelly K.; Twitchell, Guinevere – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2017

Young children thrive in classrooms that allow them to explore and discover their environment and interests and also support them in this learning. Because children learn best when they are interested and excited, early-childhood educators should offer children play-based, integrated mathematical experiences (NRC 2009). In this article, the…

Descriptors: Investigations, Active Learning, Student Projects, Preschool Children

Bahr, Damon L.; Bahr, Kim – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2017

Many teachers try to engage their students in meaningful mathematical discussions in which one or more students share their thinking about a problem while the other students are expected to listen and learn from the sharing. Indeed, such discussions can help students learn from one another and promote high levels of mathematical proficiency.…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Mathematics Teachers, Learner Engagement

Perry, Rebecca R.; Lewis, Catherine C. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2017

The authors recently conducted a randomized controlled trial that showed a significant impact of teachers' lesson study, supported by mathematical resources, on both teachers' and students' understanding of fractions. The research and mathematical resources are described in the second part of this article. First the authors examine some of the…

Descriptors: Randomized Controlled Trials, Mathematics Instruction, Fractions, Mathematical Concepts

Brendefur, Jonathan L.; Strother, Sam; Rich, Kelli; Appleton, Sarah – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2016

Teachers use the word assessment to describe any method of gathering information about student learning. Whether it be formative assessment (intended to guide instructional decisions) or summative assessment (a reflection on the entirety of student learning from prior instruction), teachers are constantly working to identify what their students…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Tests

Barlow, Angela T.; Gerstenschlager, Natasha E.; Harmon, Shannon E. – Teaching Children Mathematics, 2016

In this article, three instructional situations demonstrate the value of using an "unknown" student's work to allow the advancement of students' mathematical thinking as well as their engagement in the mathematical practice of critiquing the reasoning of others: (1) introducing alternative solution strategies; (2) critiquing inaccuracies…

Descriptors: Mathematical Logic, Mathematics Activities, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Skills