When given the opportunity to play with mathematical materials and ideas, children demonstrate their mathematical understanding in innovative ways.
Imagine It! Choose Your Own Pattern Block Adventure
Anita A. Wager, Brittany Caldwell, and Jamie Vescio
Translanguaging Pedagogy in Elementary Mathematics
Tara M. Willging and Luciana C. de Oliveira
A monolingual English-speaking teacher reflects on her experiences practicing a translanguaging stance in first grade with two multilingual learners and provides a set of guiding principles.
Composing Tangram Puzzles to Support Shape Transformation
Laura Bofferding and Yi Zhu
Different types of tangram puzzles can encourage students to make sense of problems and engage in the computational thinking practice of debugging.
Are We Preparing Agents of Change or Instruments of Inequity? Teaching Toward Antiracist Mathematics Teacher Education
Joel Amidon, Anne Marie Marshall, and Rebecca E. Smith
The authors began this work with the understandings that (a) there is no “neutral” when it comes to the teaching of mathematics, and (b) mathematics teacher educators need to do something to help produce teachers of mathematics that develop students’ relationships with mathematics and push against the inequities that exist both within and outside of the classrooms in which they will teach. In response, the authors created, deployed, and studied a learning module in an attempt to enact antiracist mathematics teacher education. The learning module activities, the findings about the learning from the prospective teachers who engaged in the module, and messages for mathematics teacher educators who want to engage in this work are shared.
Identity Making in Kindergarten: Diego’s Story
Jody Guarino and Sara Manseau
Read about Diego, a kindergarten student, as he develops his mathematical identity and competency.
Math Storytelling in PK–2 Classrooms
Mathematical storytelling is a way for young children to make connections between mathematics and their lives. The practices of using equations and materials are shared as sparks for mathematical storytelling.
Putting Number in the Hands of Children
Nathalie Sinclair and Nicholas Jackiw
Ear to the Ground features voices from several corners of the mathematics education world.
Subtraction, Decomposition, and Argumentation
Chepina Rumsey, Jody Guarino, and Michelle Sperling
We describe how mathematical argumentation supports curiosity and exploration by sharing a first-grade lesson in which students explored decomposition with subtraction. We also reflect on the conditions that supported the inclusion of mathematical argumentation.
Exploring Young Children’s Math Thinking in Sandcastle Building
Hannah Tan and Cynthia Lim
Children explore concepts of capacity and height measurement through sand play in nursery class.
Supporting SEL Competencies with Number Talks
Candace Joswick and Crystal N. Taylor
We show how PK–2 teachers can integrate social and emotional learning competencies in Number Talks to increase positive behaviors and mathematics learning.