Observing the problem solving process that young children undergo when faced with a mathematical situation can help educators and other adults understand better. Many of the Focus on the Child and other videos we have on our website can assist in demonstrating the thinking going on in children's minds.
March 15, 2016
This second grader demonstrates an interesting choice for a mathematical model by graphing.
Diane Briars describes math tasks as "the vehicles for mathematical learning." It is important that tasks require reasoning and problem solving strategies.
This second grader extends a shape pattern to ordinal numbers.
A story about bears moving in and out of a cave provides an opportunity for math thinking.
A child composes a 6-pointed star shape using pattern blocks in multiple ways.
A child works to discover "how many more" a person has.