Math For Elementary Teachers I – mth156 (3 credits)

This course is the first of a two-part series designed for K–8 pre-service teachers to address the conceptual framework for mathematics taught in elementary school. The focus of Part One will be on real number properties, patterns, operations and algebraic reasoning, and problem solving. The relationship of the course concepts to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Standards for K–8 instruction is also addressed.

This undergraduate-level course is 9 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Algebraic Thinking

• Represent mathematical situations and structures analytically using algebraic thinking.
• Use mathematical models to represent quantitative relationships.

Algebraic Thinking Continued

• Use mathematical models to represent quantitative relationships.
• Represent mathematical situations and structures analytically using algebraic thinking.

Number Theory

• Apply number theory to applications.
• Apply the properties of integers.

Rational Numbers

• Compute operational outcomes.
• Make reasonable estimates.

Rational Numbers and Applications

• Solve fractions, decimal, percent, and real number problems.

Mathematical Connections

• Synthesize the elementary school mathematical concepts addressed in this course.
• Describe the characteristics of a professional mathematics teacher.

Mathematical Standards

• Explain the six principles of elementary school mathematics as defined by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
• Explain the five mathematical process standards as defined by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Mathematical Processes

• Identify problem-solving strategies.

Problem Solving

• Apply problem-solving strategies.
• Use numerical patterns, relations, and functions to solve problems.

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