Teaching Mathematics in the Middle School – EDUC 668

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course will explore, develop, and use instructional strategies, technologies, and activities to promote development of attitudes and concepts in mathematics. Emphasis is on mathematical teaching and learning practices anchored in mathematical concepts, diagnostic and assessment methods, and leadership skills.




This course is intended for mathematics specialists and middle level teachers interested in problems of learning and assessment across K-8 settings in mathematics education.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Develop effective standards-based lesson plans on the characteristics and needs of diverse learner.
  2. Utilize technology competencies for effective mathematics teaching and learning.
  3. Understand and use strategies to teach mathematics to diverse learners.
  4. Analyze research-based practices for improving mathematics instruction.
  5. Articulate and demonstrate the meaning of student-centered mathematics.
  6. Integrate Christian and professional principles throughout the course.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

There will be 2 Discussion Board Forums throughout the duration of this course. The candidate is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the candidate is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 150 words. (MLO: A, B, F)

Online Field Trip Forums (2)

There will be 2 Online Field Trip Forum assignments throughout the duration of this course. The candidate is required to analyze and summarize at least 2 online resources in each forum. Each thread must be a minimum of 300 words and demonstrate course related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the candidate is required to reply to 2 other classmate’s threads. Each reply must be 150 words. (MLO: A, B, C, D, F)

Reading Journals (2)

The candidate will submit 2 chapter summaries to the Reading Journal. Each entry must be 300 words and summarize each chapter assigned from the textbook for that module/week. Candidates must integrate at least 1 scholarly journal article into each summary. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F)

Article Critiques (2)

The candidate must research and select 2 scholarly journal articles related to teaching mathematics for grades K–8. The candidate will write a 300-word critique for each of the 2 articles (2 critiques total). (MLO: A, B, D, E)

Mathematics Game or Activity

The candidate will develop an “original” mathematics game or activity for a typical middle-school classroom that he/she teaches or plans to teach. (MLO: A, B, C, E, F)

Lesson Plan (2)

The candidate will prepare two mathematics lesson plans for a typical middle-school classroom, using the lesson plan template provided in Blackboard. The lesson plan is designed to prevent mathematical errors found in the case study from the previous week. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F)

Case Study (2)

Using case studies from the Iris Center Case Study Unit: Mathematics Identifying and Addressing Student Errors from https://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/wp-content/uploads/pdf_case_studies/ics_matherr.pdf candidates will read through the Case Study Unit and will write an APA style paper analyzing identified student errors. This information will also be used when developing lesson plans. (MLO: A, B, D, E, F)

Quizzes (2)

The candidate will complete one quiz at Week 5 and one quiz at Week 8 by responding to 1 essay question of their choice each time. Readings from the text, Van de Walle, J. A., Bay-Williams, J. M., Lovin, L. H., & Karp, K. S. (2018). Teaching student-centered mathematics: Developmentally appropriate instruction for grades 6–8 (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Pearson. ISBN: 9780134556413, should be integrated. (MLO: A, B, C, F)