Math 13700
Mathematics for Elementary Education I
Spring 2012
Coordinator:
Renee Roames
MATH 808
ph: 4941929
email:
[email protected]
Course web page:
www.math.purdue.edu/MA13700
Welcome to Math 13X00 courses at Purdue
.
The goal of these courses is to prepare you to be a knowledgeable
and confident math teacher in the elementary classroom.
We will strive for a deep understanding of the
reasoning behind math processes.
We will also strive to be able to clearly articulate math ideas using correct
vocabulary.
You will often be asked to explain your thinking or describe the process you use to solve a
problem.
Your future students will also need to know more than just how to come up with a number answer.
Be prepared to show stepbystep math work and to explain your thinking clearly.
Homework papers,
quizzes and exams will be graded accordingly.
Textbook:
We will be using Reconceptualizing Mathematics Part I Custom Edition by Sowder, Sowder, and
Nickerson, W.H. Freeman, 2010 because it provides activities, discussion ideas and questions that stimulate a
deep level of thinking.
It is a workbook that we will follow on a daily basis in class.
Reading the section in
the text before class is recommended to achieve a high grade in the course.
We will sometimes use manipulatives to help us understand or demonstrate concepts.
People have different
learning styles and you may find the manipulatives useful in clarifying ideas.
Because it will be important to
use them in your teaching for the benefit of your students, you will gain valuable experience using
manipulatives in this course.
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