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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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Readers 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.

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Drew Polly

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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Students' in-depth thinking and work on problems previously published in Teaching Children Mathematics are showcased. The December 2011 problem scenario explores area models and fractions but intentionally avoids using a circular shape, which is the scenario most often drawn on to develop students' fractional understanding. Instead, students cut square “cakes” into fractional pieces.

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How Long Can You Stand on One Foot? is a classic problem that has variations in a range of mathematics and physical education curricula. This problem allows students to go through the statistical investigation PCAI process (posing a question, collecting data, analyzing data, and then interpreting data).

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Drew Polly

Each month this section of the Problem Solvers department discusses the classroom results of using problems presented in previous issues of Teaching Children Mathematics. The problem from last year offers a powerful opportunity to involve preservice teachers and elementary school students in an exploration with authentic content.

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Drew Polly

This department showcases students' in-depth thinking and work on previously published problems.

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Drew Polly

This department showcases students' in-depth thinking and work on problems previously published in TCM. Five teachers report on their students' responses to the April 2011 problem scenario, which has students use familiar fact families to help determine inequalities.

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Try these approaches to boost your students' understanding and higher-order thinking skills.

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Block-buster movie releases have become a fixture of summer, stretching from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend. When the sweltering summer heat gets to be too much to bear, students can look forward to slipping into a cool, dark movie theater: just the ticket for a refreshing afternoon.