MATH 3309 - Conceptual Mathematics II

MSED 4310 -Teaching Math in Intermediate and Middle Grades

Course: | MATH 3309 | MSED 4310 |

Instructor: | Dr. Art Duval | Dr. Olga Kosheleva |

Office: | BELL 303 | EDUC 813 |

Phone: | 747-6846 | 747-7588 |

Fax: | 747-6502 | 747-7441 |

e-mail: | `artduval@math.utep.edu`
| olgak-AT-utep.edu |

Office hours: | M 10-11, Tu 2:30-3:30, W, Th 2-3 | Tu 12:30-1:30, and by appt. |

- Learn the mathematical theory underlying middle school mathematics.
- Incorporate a "Learning Through Teaching" approach in elementary pre-service teacher preparation.
- Introduce the students to contemporary learning theories and innovative techniques of teaching and learning elementary and middle school mathematics based on the national (NCTM), local (TEKS) Standards, and TExES competencies.
- Provide the students an opportunity to create a successful learning environment while teaching mathematics in middle school.
- Help the students overcome challenges, reflect upon and grow from their own experiences of learning and teaching mathematics.

- Teachers are supposed not only to teach, but also to help students learn. The teacher's role is to engage students by posing challenging problems and creating a mathematically friendly learning atmosphere.
- Conceptual learning leads procedural development.
- It is better to solve one problem by several methods than several problems by one method.
- The purpose of mathematical activity is not to get the right answer but to promote students' thinking; giving right answers to students is to do their thinking for them.
- The process of solving a problem is no less important than its solution.
- It doesn't matter if you know how to solve 100 problems, it does matter how you approach the rest of them.
- Do not be afraid of making mistakes but be afraid of repeating them.
- Fun is a derivative of challenge.

**Pre- and Post-tests**- will be administered for assessment purposes.
**Participation:**- It is expected that students
will attend all classes and actively participate in working on
projects and class discussions. Students are expected to prepare for
each class session. If a student misses a session, work will be
assigned at the discretion of the instructor.
Lateness to class is strongly discouraged. Many classes will begin with a group project/activity or classroom discussion. Your group will depend upon you to be present and prepared for class. Missed assignments must be completed. Every unexcused absence or lateness will reduce your final grade at the rate of .5 point per hour of missed class time.

**Math Projects**- are weeklong investigations of conceptually rich multistep problems related to a lesson in the Connected Math Project used in Wiggs math classes. During class, students will work on the projects individually and in groups. After a class discussion in which each group presents its solutions, each student will turn in a written report. You must write your report yourself! The format for reports will be provided at the beginning of the semester.
**Micro-Lessons:**-
Every group of students will teach micro-lessons in an actual
classroom setting at Wiggs. Each group will first present, in a
rehearsal teaching in front of their peers, selected activities from
that lesson (30-45 min.).
Students will prepare and distribute a typed lesson plan for each micro-lesson prior to teaching the lesson in class. You are encouraged to show Dr. Kosheleva preliminary drafts. The final lesson plan is due after each micro-teaching at Wiggs. The lesson plan format will be provided at the beginning of the semester.

**Quizzes**- cover material in math projects and in readings from van de Walle. In MSED 4310, they will be announced a week in advance; in MATH 3309, they will be on Feb. 17 and Mar. 30.
**Final Presentation:**- Each student is require to prepare a final presentation (about 20 min.), about what they have discovered about math and its teaching from each microteaching and math project.
**Final Oral Exam**- will cover the main concepts from projects, activities, problems, and readings used in the class during the semester.

- Final Presentation:
**Tuesday, April 27** - Final Oral Exam:
**Tuesday, May 4**

Activity | Dr. Duval | Dr. Kosheleva |

Pre-test | - | 3 |

Participation | 5 | 5 |

Quizzes | 15 | 15 |

Lesson plans/teaching | 10 | 25 |

Project reports | 40 | - |

Final presentation | 15 | 20 |

Final oral exam | 15 | 25 |

Post-test | - | 7 |

- The schedule of assignments will be announced in class. It is recommended that students exchange telephone numbers and/or e-mail addresses with a few of their peers.
- Please turn in all assignments on the date they are due, at the beginning of class. One letter grade will be deducted for late assignments.
- Please feel free to speak to us regarding any questions or concerns. You can reach us during office hours, speak to us after class, call or e-mail us.

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills
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