Students must actively engage in exploring math. That is why I am always looking for tasks that will allow my students to to explore problems using the Common Core's (CCSSI 2010) eight Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP). These standards are vital for developing a deepening understanding of math. They allow students to cultivate skills and thought processes that aid in wiring their brains into being deep thinkers and problem solvers. These skills transcend the classroom and are needed to be successful in the world. I also want my students to revisit ideas that we have already touched on and continue to examine.
Patricia A. Sellers
The fourth graders were ready to learn long division; however, their teachers were hesitant to begin the unit—just as they are every year. In a grade-level meeting with the school's math consultant, the teachers voiced their typical concerns. The math consultant was a university mathematics education professor spending a semester of sabbatical working with teachers to find ways to help elementary-aged students get excited about doing math and about learning to make sense of math through problem-solving activities.
Abbe Skinner, Nicole Louie, and Evra M. Baldinger
A teacher shares her journey toward disrupting her conditioning to create more humanizing math learning experiences for her students, incorporating strategies that every educator can use.
Mathew D. Felton-Koestler
Share news about happenings in the field of elementary school mathematics education, views on matters pertaining to teaching and learning mathematics in the early childhood or elementary school years, and reactions to previously published opinion pieces or articles. Find detailed department submission guidelines at http://www.nctm.org/WriteForTCM.
Vanessa M. Battreal, Vanessa Brewster, and Juli K. Dixon
Using donuts to contextualize and enrich mathematical discourse can sweeten students' understanding of how to interpret the remainder in a division problem.
Cindy Jong and Robin Magruder
Build on teachers' and students' understanding of division by emphasizing partitive and measurement models and strategies for writing quality division story problems.
Jennifer R. Brown
Set sail to explore powerful ways to use anchor charts in mathematics teaching and learning.
This department showcases students' in-depth thinking and work on previously published problems. The September 2012 problem scenario helps students build number sense and measurement sense. This problem would make a nice addition to observances Fire Prevention Week (October 6–12).
Do prekindergarten students describing and illustrating their attempts at fair-sharing tasks exhibit a spontaneous understanding of fractions prior to formal instruction? This researcher shares her findings.
This simple dice game supports students' development of flexibility with numbers, the properties of the four operations (+, −, ×, ÷), and the order of operations. It requires only dice and a game board for each player.