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Research Suggests that Timed Tests Cause Math Anxiety

Jo Boaler

This department publishes brief news articles, announcements and guest editorials on current mathematics education issues that stimulate the interest of TCM readers and cause them to think about an issue or consider a specific viewpoint about some aspect of mathematics education.

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The Dance Show

Liat Zippin

Math by the Month is a regular department of the journal. It features 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. In this issue, the problems present opportunities to reason about many mathematical topics, including patterns and grouping, fractions of a set, ratios, and elapsed time.

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Fractions Instruction: Linking Concepts and Procedures

Nicole Pitsolantis and Helena P. Osana

Three specific sites, or points in real time, during problem solving gave fifth and sixth graders conceptual understanding, procedural skill, and the ability to justify their mathematical thinking about fractions.

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Conceptualizing Mathematics Using Narratives and Art

Terri L. Kurz and Barbara Bartholomew

To support mathematical investigations, use this framework to guide students in constructing art-based and technology-based literature.

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Fired up about Math

Kimberly M. Lilienthal

Collections of short activities, Math by the Month articles aim for an inquiry or problem-solving orientation focused on a unifying theme and include four activities each for grade levels K–2, 3–4, and 5–6. In anticipation of October's Fire Prevention Week, September's problems involve firefighters and real-life math applications.

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Palette of Problems – September 2011

David Rock and Mary K. Porter

A monthly set of problems is aimed at a variety of ability levels.

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The Math Wizard in Oz

Donna Christy, Karen Lambe, Christine Payson, and Patricia Carnevale

Standards-based, hands-on activities spotlight the classic story.