Identify different types of mistakes that students make and how they can inform your instruction.
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.
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.
Seating arrangements in a theater offer a real-world context for fourth-grade students to work with factors, multiples, and divisibility.
Lisa Nguyen Batista and Suzanne H. Chapin
Teachers learn instructional activities; the use of sentence frames; and how to support students in respectfully speaking, listening, and responding to one another.
This article shares ideas for using the calendar date to increase students' mental mathematics and problem-solving skills. Postscript items are designed as rich grab-and-go resources that any teacher could quickly incorporate into his or her classroom repertoire with little effort and maximum impact.
Math by the Month is a regular department of the journal featuring collections of short activities focused on a monthly theme. These articles aim for an inquiry or problem-solving orientation that includes at least four activities each for grade bands K—2, 3—4, and 5—6. This month, students will flip as they use their math skills to solve delectable problems about one of the most versatile foods on the planet. For more flapjack math, check out the “7,000 Pancakes” investigation in the May 2008 issue of TCM. Further whet students' appetites with pancake trivia from http://marthasallnatural.com/recipes_pancake_trivia.pdf.