Math 13800
Mathematics for Elementary Education II
Spring 2012
Coordinator:
Renee Roames
MATH 808
ph: 4941929
email:
[email protected]
Course web page:
www.math.purdue.edu/MA13800
Welcome to Math 13800
.
The goal of this class 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 Parts II and IV Custom Edition by Sowder,
Sowder, and Nickerson, W.H. Freeman, 2011 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.
Other materials for class are mentioned on the assignment sheet and will be needed for class activities.
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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