TIAN Bundle 2 Articles and References (For Teachers) about Strengthening Operation and Symbol Sense
About Operation Sense
- Gregg, J. & Gregg D. (May 2007). Measurement and Fair-Sharing Models for Dividing Fractions. Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 12(9), 490-496.
Includes examples of how to move students from division of whole numbers to division of fractions.
- de Silva Lamberg, T. (September 2007). Student Approaches to Unitizing in Fair-Share Problems. Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 13(2),114-116.
This short article analyzes four students' methods for dividing (fair-share situation).
- Nugent, P. (September 2007). Lattice Multiplication in a Preservice Classroom. Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 13(2),110-113.
Lattice multiplication is an alternative algorithm for teaching multiplication that helps students see the place values.
- Taber, S. (December 2006). Using Alice in Wonderland to Teach Multiplication of Fractions. Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 12(5), 244-249.
Although practitioners won't be reading Alice in Wonderland to her students, this article does provide examples of the difference between proportional and nonproportional thinking with fractions.
- Tent, M. (August 2006). Understanding the Properties of Arithmetic: A Prerequisite of Arithmetic. Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 12(1), 22-25.
Provides strategies for teaching the commutative, associative, distributive, and identity properties of addition and multiplication.
About the Understanding of the Equal Sign
- Falkner, K., Levi,L., & Carpenter, T. (1999). Children's Understanding of Equality: A Foundation for Algebra.
This brief article describes the misconceptions students develop at a very early age about the equal sign. Included are strategies one teacher used to try to overcome those misconceptions.
- Freiman, V. & Lee, L. (2004). "Tracking Primary Students' Understanding of the Equality Sign". Proceedings of the 28th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (vol.2, pp. 415-422).
This research was aimed at tracking young students' understanding of the equal sign by monitoring how they responded to simple problem types such as a + b = c and c = a + b. Types of errors in children in K, grade 3, and grade 6 were then analyzed.
- Knuth, E. & Stephens, A. (July 2006). Does Understanding the Equal Sign Matter? Evidence from Solving Equations. Research in Mathematics Education, 37(4), 297-312.
This research project investigated the relationship between being able to solve simple algebraic equations and an understanding of the equal sign.
Other Related Articles
- Algebraic Thinking from Assessment Resource Banks: English, Mathematics, and Science. http://arb.nzcer.org.nz/supportmaterials/Maths/concept_map_algebraic.php
This collection of mini-resources includes hands-on strategies for teaching equality and the additive, commutative, and associative properties, beginning very early on in learners' math education.
- Computation, Calculators, and Common Sense (May 2005).
A position paper from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in reaction to the question of calculator use in the classroom.
- National Research Council (2001). "Number: What Is There to Know?" from Adding It Up: Helping Children Learn (71-114).
- Schifter, D., Bastable, V., Russell, S.J., Riddle, M. & Seyferth, L. (2008). Algebra in the K-5 Classroom: Learning Opportunities for Students and Teachers. In Greenes, C. E. and Rubenstein, R. (Eds.), Algebra and Algebraic Thinking in School Mathematics: 70th Yearbook (pp. 263-277). Reston, VA: NCTM.
Discussion of classroom investigations into how students develop algebraic thinking.
- Stiff, L. (April 2001). Making Calculator Use Add Up from NCTM News Bulletin 37, Vol. 3
A response to a newspaper article about the use of calculators in the classroom.