Curriculum Constructs And Assessment: Mathematics –

mth520

(3 credits)

This course explores the mathematics classroom, curriculum, and teaching and assessment strategies. Participants identify the educational needs of students by exploring current instructional theory, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Standards, and social issues that impact the mathematics classroom. The course also helps prospective educators develop skills in selecting and adapting instruction for diverse student populations. The course will also emphasize classroom management skills as they relate to mathematics instruction.
This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

History and Trends in Mathematics Education

  • Analyze the development of mathematics education and how it relates to the contemporary classroom.
  • Analyze the characteristics of a professional mathematics teacher.

Teaching Strategies

  • Create a lesson plan incorporating cooperative learning strategies.
  • Implement strategies for teaching effective lessons through the use of problem-solving techniques.
  • Use questioning techniques that develop students’ higher order thinking skills.
  • Implement writing across the mathematics curriculum.

Unit and Lesson Planning

  • Construct an instructional unit.
  • Develop effective and functional lesson plans.
  • Apply standards to lesson plans.

Technology in the Classroom

  • Investigate effective uses of graphing calculators and mathematics software in the classroom.
  • Develop plans for utilizing computers in the mathematics classroom.
  • Analyze appropriate uses of the Internet in the mathematics classroom.

Assessment

  • Evaluate the characteristics of an effective mathematics assessment.
  • Compare and contrast assessment strategies, including traditional and authentic assessment.
  • Develop the skills for constructing open-ended assessments.

Mathematics Enrichment

  • Develop methods for enriching mathematics curriculum.
  • Develop plans to implement extracurricular activities in mathematics classrooms.
  • Utilize community and parental resources.

Diverse Teaching Strategies

  • Explore alternative teaching strategies to assist students in understanding mathematical concepts and their application.
  • Describe appropriate modifications for special needs students.
  • Apply contemporary learning theories to understand how different students learn mathematics.

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