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Math 13900
Mathematics for Elementary Education III
Spring 2012
Coordinator:
Renee Roames
MATH 808
ph: 4941929
email:
rroames@purdue.edu
Course web page:
www.math.purdue.edu/MA13900
Welcome to Math 13900
.
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 Part III
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.
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.
Calculators:
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