Write for Teaching Children Mathematics
The TCM Editorial Panel continues to encourage teacher educators, administrators, mathematicians, mathematics supervisors, and others to submit manuscripts that recognize and address the particular needs and interests of students and teachers at the early childhood and elementary levels.
The TCM Editorial Panel is particularly interested in submissions from classroom teachers. Teacher Educators and Researchers are encouraged to seek out classroom practitioners as co-authors. Examples of potential topics are included in the following manuscript calls, however we would also be interested in other topics that address various aspects of teaching children mathematics.
2019 Focus Issue: Going beyond the Grade Book:
Using Student Work to Guide Instruction
The TCM Editorial Panel invites manuscripts about using student work in classrooms and professional communities to Identify student progress toward learning goals; to plan to address individual student’s needs; and to prompt questioning to elicit, interpret, and respond to student thinking. The submission deadline is May 31, 2018.
From the Classroom
Elementary school teachers have firsthand knowledge of the serious intellectual, social, and emotional dimensions of day-to-day classroom life. Dedicated to sharing such teacher knowledge that is generated and used in classroom settings, Teaching Children Mathematics (TCM) is a forum for reflective, classroom-centered articles focused on issues that arise in teaching mathematics as well as actions that teachers take in esponse to those issues.
The TCM Editorial Panel is interested in the next steps that are being taken in your school communities to address the expectations outlined in the CCSSM. In addition, we want to learn more about how classroom teachers are integrating the CCSSM into their classroom practice.
Early Childhood - Where Math Learning Begins
Young children learn best when they are interested and engaged. Tell us how you excite, support and celebrate young mathematicians.
How do you use technology to develop students’ understanding, stimulate their interest, and increase their proficiency in mathematics? Share your ideas about the effective use of technology in grades pre-K–6 mathematics classrooms.
Supporting Teacher Learning
Do you plan, facilitate, or support preservice or in-service teacher learning? We want to hear about your experiences.
Readers are invited to share where they find mathematical modeling tasks, what modeling looks like in the classroom, how it can be used to deepen students’ (especially ELLs’) engagement in discourse, and what PD opportunities are necessary and available.
What Did You Do in Math Class Today?
Teach others by sharing a classroom experience that taught you a lesson.
Manuscript Length: No more than 1200 words
Integrating Science Technology Engineering in Mathematics is the venue for ideas and activities that stimulate student interest in the integrated fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in grades K-6 classrooms.
News -- Readers share information on hot topics and current issues in the early childhood and elementary school mathematics education community.
Manuscript Length: No more than 750
Views -- The journal community contributes perspectives on previously published TCM articles and editorials, and authors and other readers respond.
Manuscript Length: No more than 750
Manuscript Length: No more than 750-1200 words
Submit guest editorials of your strong opinions 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 teaching. Authors should be
aware that readers are encouraged to submit reactions to these editorials for later consideration in "Readers' Exchange."
Length: No more than 250 words
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Manuscript Length: No more than 250 words
Items are designed as rich “grab and go” resources. Submit your quick game, puzzle, activity or instructional strategy along with suggestions for how this idea can be utilized by teachers of different grade bands (K-1, 2-3, 4-6).
Manuscript Length: Collection of problems totalling no more than 1500-2000 words
Submit to: Department Editor (See a recent issue for names and addresses.)
Collections of short activities, Math by the Month articles aim for an inquiry or problem-solving orientation, focused on a unifying theme, and include at least four activities each for grade levels K–2, 3–4, and 5–6.
Manuscript Length: 1000-2000–word solutions or new problems
Submit to: “Solutions” or “Problem” department editors. See a recent issue for names and addresses.
Showcase your students' in-depth thinking and work. Each month, elementary teachers are asked to try a given problem in their own classrooms and report solutions, strategies, reflections, and misconceptions to the journal audience. Selected teacher submissions will be published in later issues of TCM and acknowledged by name, grade level, and school.
All calls are open unless otherwise noted.
If you have questions or topic ideas that are not addressed in the above calls, please contact
What to Write
If you already have a topic in mind and are interested in sharing your ideas with TCM readers, this is what you need to know to increase the chance that the editorial panel will accept your manuscript for publication. When they review your manuscript, they use the following acceptance criteria:
What to Submit
Submit manuscripts via
http://tcm.msubmit.net using the following criteria:
Feature manuscripts should be about 2500 words, not including tables and figures. Only a reasonable number of tables and figures that are essential to understanding should be included. Manuscripts submitted for consideration in departments should follow the guidelines for the particular department. It may be that your ideas fall neatly into one of them. Most of the departments have an editor. If you have an idea you want to send in, check the submission instructions that accompany each department in the journal. Submitting copy for a department is an excellent way to begin your writing career.
What Happens Next
When the reviewers and the Editorial Panel review your manuscript, they will be using the following criteria:
1. Importance of Topic
2. Quality of the Ideas
3. Quality of the Writing
4. Extent of the contribution to a reader’s professional growth
Each manuscript is assigned three reviewers, each of whom are knowledgeable in the manuscript's subject area. The reviewers are given 4 weeks to review a manuscript and recommend that it be accepted, rejected, or revised. It is then sent to the Editorial Panel with the
reviewer's recommendation. The Editorial Panel is allowed an additional 4 weeks for final dispensation. Please note that everyone involved in this process is a volunteer so the timeline is a rule of thumb and could be longer or shorter.
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