Write for Teaching Children Mathematics
TheTCM 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.
Calls for Manuscripts
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.
2015 Focus Issue Between the Wholes: Promoting Fraction and Decimal UnderstandingThe knowledge of fractions and decimals that children develop in the elementary grades provides an essential foundation for the study of algebra and more advanced mathematics, but most teachers and students consider the topic challenging. Share your approaches to facilitating children’s understanding of fractions and decimals. What classroom activities and ideas do you use to help children make sense of fractions and decimals as numbers, benchmarks, measures, quotients, or as operators? The TCM Editorial Panel invites you to share your ideas on developing K–grade 6 students’ number sense for fractions and decimals. We are especially interested in manuscripts that describe ideas that have been informed by research and implementation in classrooms.
CCSSM 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.
Technology 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.
Hot Topics Hot topics include intervention strategies, assessment, connections, and professional learning collaborations.
What Did You Do in School Today? Teach others by sharing a classroom experience that taught you a lesson.
From the Classroom Lessons, strategies, communication, insights, games, manipulatives, assessment… if it affects your classroom, we want to hear about it.
iSTEM Manuscript Length: No more than 1200 words Submit to: tcm.msubmit.net.
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 & Views Readers share information, perspectives, and responses to previously published articles and current issues in elementary school mathematics education.
Manuscript Length: No more than 250 words Submit to: tcm.msubmit.net.
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).
In My Opinion Manuscript Length: No more than 750-1200 words Submit to: tcm.msubmit.net.
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."
Readers' Exchange Length: No more than 250 wordsSubmit to: Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Math by the Month Manuscript Length: Collection of problems totalling no more than 1500-2000 wordsSubmit 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.
Problem Solvers 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 email@example.com.
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:
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.