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.
March 19, 2015
A preschool student puts together shape blocks to make larger, more complicated shapes from memory. In doing so, she makes connections between the various configurations she is constructing.
A student determines how many blocks there are.
This pre-k English Language Learner uses gesture to articulate math ideas while putting together a shape puzzle.
A child determines a given quantity of blocks and then finds the new amount as blocks are added to the set.
A child uses cubes to aid in addition and subtraction.
A child counts on to find the total number of cubes as the set increases.
This second grader extends a shape pattern to ordinal numbers.
This second grader uses derived facts to solve mentally. Just one example of mental math strategies used by elementary students.
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.