Young children develop ideas and concepts about mathematics quite naturally. They think about size, shape, quantity, order, and speed throughout the day as they play and explore. We, as teachers of young children, need to tap into these natural curiosities and make mathematics intentional.
Intentionality is acting with knowledge and purpose. It is the opposite of chance- it is planned and thoughtful. In order to become intentional about math teaching, we need to understand math the way we understand literacy. The more knowledgeable we are about out content the more we will be able to act and react with purpose.
How are you intentional about your math teaching?