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.
June 11, 2015
A kindergarten student organizes a collection of rocks into unique sets. Simple questions can result in explorations in core math concepts such as grouping. In this case, some very unusual groups are created.
A child makes different groups out of a collection of keys.
A child compares two small sets of wooden cubes.
A child selects a card with a given number of dots.
A child produces a small set of counters to match a shown quantity.
A student approximates the number of cubes in collections of increasing quantity.
A child estimates the number of cubes in a collection.
A student computes how many objects are in a collection that is hidden from view.
A kindergarten student determines how many bears are in and out of their cave.
A child creates groups out of a collection of rocks.