The “Math by the Month” activities are designed to engage students to think like mathematicians. The activities allow for students to work individually or in small groups, or they may be used as problems of the week. No solutions are suggested so that students will look to themselves for mathematical justification and authority, thereby developing confidence to validate their work.
Kevin, Kaethe, and Darcy also teach mathematics methods courses at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg. Readers are encouraged to send manuscripts appropriate for “Math by the Month” to the editors.“Math by the Month” is currently available online for members only. Go to www.nctm.org, click on Publications/Products, then Teaching Children Mathematics. Click on “sign in,” enter your user name and password, and search TCM for “Math by the Month.”