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Final Exam - 30%
Paper 1 - 20%
Paper 2 - 20%
Learning Environment Design Project - 20%
Case Study - 10%
Exploring the role of effective mathematical tasks in teaching primary mathematics concepts. Analyzing and implementing research-based mathematics instruction. Learning how to select and construct mathematical tasks for assessment purposes. Working with learning trajectories to develop an awareness of how to think of complex interaction of mathematical concepts and how they deepen across grade levels. Learning important mathematical skills (connection, communication, reasoning, representation, problem solving) in mathematics teaching and learning. Developing pedagogical strategies centered on the importance of questioning in mathematics classrooms. Knowing how content knowledge relates to teaching and the importance of early mathematical thinking in connection with the National Education Standards. Learning how to diagnose and correct students’ errors by analyzing student work samples. Learning to identify the prior knowledge necessary to support students’ problem solving and how to push the students toward new levels of understanding. Learning the variety of manipulatives to represent mathematics concepts.
Upon succesful completion of this course, a student will be able to
1. Analyze instructional tasks and modify them to apply in own teaching.
2. Follow and identify students’ problem solving phases.
3. Diagnose students’ errors in problem solving and make instructional decisions to correct them.
4. Design mathematical tasks for assessment purposes (e.g. prior knowledge, learning process).
5. Identify the relationships among mathematical skills (connection, communication, reasoning, representation, problem solving)
6. Evaluate own teaching and identify pedagogical goals
7. Develop and implement activities for teaching mathematics.
8. Choose and use appropriate manipulatives for teaching mathematics.