Course Syllabus
MATHEMATICS 185
Spring 2008
Texts:
1) Billstein, Libeskind, Lott:
A Problem Solving Approach to Mathematics for
Elementary School Teachers
(AddisonWesley Publ.)
9
th
ed.
2)
STUDENT HANDOPUT PACKET
available from
the instructor.
Prerequisite
:
a grade of C in Math 180 or its equivalent
Course Supervisor:
Shelley Ring.
Phone
: 6505126
email
:
[email protected]
Introduction
T
he course includes two major features that may be somewhat unfamiliar in a
mathematics class: the use of both required writing exercises and mathematics activities.
Both
are described below.
The purpose of the activities is to provide a concrete approach to the ideas
that underlie elementary school mathematics.
The goal of the writing exercises is to help you
learn to express and reflect on these ideas.
I hope that you will give me feedback on how well
they both achieve those goals.
Thanks!
Activities and Group Work
.
There are several justifications for group work:
1) Cooperative learning is used extensively in elementary school classrooms and you
should have some experience with problem solving in a group setting.
2) English is a second language for many students.
It is helpful for them to be provided
with the opportunity to express these ideas first to a small group before addressing the instructor
and the whole class.
You will probably enjoy group work and the active involvement is often
more effective (in the long run) than the passive learning situation of lecture.
Students have
commented that at times they find it easier to listen to and comprehend an explanation by a peer
than by the instructor.
3) Group members are encouraged to exchange phone numbers.
You are (of course)
responsible for material missed due to absence and you should phone classmates for assignments
and copy class notes from the day(s) that you were absent.
It is helpful for students meet outside
of class to do homework and study for exams.
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