An in depth study of the theory and processes of teaching mathematics to students in preschool through eighth grade, the course includes the instructional process in the area of numeration, operations and computations, geometry and logic. Candidates will participate in hands-on, modeled instruction, will construct and demonstrate models and teaching tools, and will complete a research project.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
Mastery of the skills of mathematics is crucial to the education of school-age children. Because of the developmental nature of mathematics, the elementary and middle school years are most critical in the development of this proficiency with positive affective elements. Professional educators who serve at this level must be proficient in the necessary skills, implement appropriate instructional processes, and present a positive attitude toward the field of mathematics.
Textbook readings and presentations
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate will post a response to the question in the appropriate Discussion. The thread must be 300 words. The student will then post a 150-word reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Weekly readings must be cited in the initial post and in at least 1 reply. This Course utilizes the Post-First feature in all Discussions. (CLO: B, C, F, I)
Quiz: Math Attitudes
The candidate will take a 14-question survey that will assist the instructor in assessing the candidate’s attitude toward mathematics. There are no right or wrong answers. There is also no time limit.
The candidate will complete one quiz each week over the chapters that are assigned per the course schedule from Guiding children’s learning of mathematics. Each quiz will contain 10 questions and will have a 60-minute time limit. Quizzes will be open-book and open-note. Each quiz may be taken up to 2 times. (CLO: A, B, C, F)
Error Analysis Case Study
The candidate will complete a case study addressing error analysis of struggling students’ misconceptions or skill deficits in math: Mathematics: Identifying and Addressing Student Errors. (CLO: H)
Meta-Analysis on Math Interventions
The candidate will complete an article review on a meta-analysis centered on evidence-based math interventions for struggling learners and students with disabilities. (CLO: C)
Lesson Plans (2)
The candidate will create 2 mathematics lesson plans for 2 instructional tools (manipulatives). One tool should be selected or created for each lesson. The candidate will choose one or more mathematics standards that are grade appropriate. The lesson plans must include individualized math accommodations to ensure a student with a specific learning disability in math has access to the general education curriculum. These assignments will be submitted via Blackboard and LiveText. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, H)
edTPA ELE Task 4
See LiveText for instructions and submit final products in Canvas and LiveText. (CLO: C, D, E, F, H).
Online Field Trip
With a focus on assistive and instructional technologies to promote learning and independence in math, the candidate will explore various websites and note important facts gleaned from each “online field trip.” He or she will write a 2–3-sentence summary of each available technology, explaining how the technology supports learning and independence in students. The candidate will also choose his or her favorite 5 websites and the associated learning supports and write at least 1 page on how he or she plans to use them in his or her future career. (CLO: B, C, E, F, G).