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August 2005, Volume 12, Issue 1

FEATURES

By Way of Introduction: Teaching Children Mathematics: New (School) Year Resolutions
Cathie Lewis
An introduction to this month's issue and topics that will be covered throughout the journal.

Teaching Fractions: Rules and Reason
Don Ploger, Michael Rooney
Methods to enhance children's understanding of fractions through classroom activities. Models are used to foster number sense, and rules are introduced that are helpful and meaningful to children. Use the activities and models in this article to adapt to the needs of their students to assist with the conceptual development of fractions.

Creating Poetry: Reinforcing Mathematical Concepts
Jennifer Altieri
How two different types of poetry, definition poetry and list poetry, can be adapted for use in the mathematics classroom to integrate reading, writing, and mathematics. Teachers will learn to use poetry to integrate writing and mathematical concepts to help children write about different parts of math and improve conceptual understanding.

Teaching for Mastery of Multiplication
Ann Wallace, Susan Gurganus
Why students may fail to master multiplication facts, as well as how multiplication concepts can be introduced to help with mastery. The authors also make recommendations for effective learning and teaching strategies to be used in the classroom, including those for students with special needs, to help improve mastery.

Isn't That Interesting! Reflect and Discuss
Larry Buschman
When children solve problems in ways that make sense to them instead of practicing procedures that they have been taught, things can become messy both mathematically and socially. This article examines some of the challenges that teachers and children face when a problem-solving approach is used for mathematics instruction. Additionally, examples are included that demonstrate how mathematical problems can be challenging for both children and teachers in some unexpected ways.

Read how you can use this journal article as a Professional Development Experience.