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February 2000, Volume 6, Issue 6

FEATURES

The Mathematician as a Child and Children as Mathematicians
Thomas Banchoff
A mathematician reflects on his experiences as a young mathematician in grade school and describes his experiences working with K-6 teachers and students.

Investigating Mathematics as a Community of Learners
Hollylynne Drier
How third graders worked together to investigate relationships between fractions and percents using a spreadsheet tool. Highlights a student's creative approach to a proportion task.

A Parent's Portfolio Observing the Power of Matt, the Mathematician
Carla Moldavan
Relates some mathematical episodes involving a young child and discusses implications for teachers.

The Role of Tasks in Developing Communities of Mathematical Inquiry
Dominic Peressini and Eric Knuth
Examines students' responses to a mathematically rich task and explores approaches for using such tasks to foster inquiry that engages children in mathematical practice.

Designing Questions to Encourage Children's Mathematical Thinking
Jane Schielack, Dinah Chancellor, and Kimberly Childs
Suggestions for an elementary school activity and questions to promote five types of mathematical thinking: modeling, logical analysis, inference, optimization, and abstraction.

Teacher-Clinicians Encourage Children to Think as Mathematicians
Rochelle Kaplan, Bonnie King, Nancy Dickens, and Viola Stanley
How teachers can use clinical interviewing techniques to bring out the mathematician in at-risk students.

Nurturing the Voices of Young Mathematicians with Dyads and Group Discussions
Maryann Wickett
How dyads and group discussions can build student confidence and bring out the mathematical abilities of students.

Creating and Developing Promising Young Mathematicians
Linda Sheffield
A method for helping children become powerful thinkers who explore mathematical ideas deeply and creatively as they develop their mathematical promise.