Series: Focus on the Child

Place Value: Meaning of the Digits with Child 14

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This second grader has uncertainty about the meaning of the digits. He is working to construct the understanding that place determines the value of a number. Teaching place value to second graders (and in other grades) is a complex but important task.

Focus on the Child videos are taken from one-on-one interviews with individual children. The interviews are designed to elicit evidence of children’s mathematical thinking. They are not teaching episodes or formal assessments.