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Mathematics Content And Curricular Knowledge

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This course focuses on the pedagogy and assessment strategies of teaching mathematics in middle and high school settings. Teacher candidates identify the educational needs of secondary students by exploring national, state, and professional standards from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, as well as current theories, models, and strategies of instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners. Teacher candidates will focus on enhancing the meaning of mathematical concepts, developing critical thinking skills to include the use of math concepts in other disciplinary areas, and creating real-life experiences for all learners.

This graduate-level course is 6 weeks To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6 weeks

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    History and Trends in Mathematics Education

    • Examine historical and current theories and trends in mathematics instruction and education.
    • Research professional organizations that shape and guide mathematics practices.
    • Analyze research in the teaching and learning of mathematics and its implication for instruction.
    • Examine your state’s teacher examinations for secondary mathematics education.

    Standards and Curricula

    • Analyze the scaffolding and progression of state, local, and national standards in mathematics for grades 6–12.
    • Investigate content and pedagogy components of the NCTM standards.
    • Investigate resources for secondary mathematics curriculum.
    • Examine strategies for integrating technology into secondary mathematics curriculum.
    • Determine strategies for creating engaging lessons and unit plans for achieving curricular goals.

    Assessing and Using Data Analysis

    • Describe effective methods for assessing learners’ understanding in mathematics using formative and summative assessments.
    • Evaluate assessment techniques, tools, and strategies that are used to measure learning in mathematics.
    • Use assessment data to inform planning and instruction.
    • Describe strategies for guiding learners through self-analysis and reflection of their learning.

    Mathematics Instruction for Diverse Learners

    • Evaluate effective and innovative instructional strategies and materials for teaching grades 6–12 mathematics.
    • Analyze ways to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of culturally, academically, and linguistically diverse students.
    • Describe how technology can be used to engage and meet the needs of diverse learners.

    Problem-Based Learning and Interdisciplinary Teaching

    • Identify key components of problem-based learning in mathematics.
    • Analyze a variety of instructional strategies that are designed to help students reason, solve problems, and communicate effectively in mathematics.
    • Examine interdisciplinary strategies that develop skills across content areas.
    • Appraise questioning techniques that develop students’ critical thinking skills.

    Collaboration and Professional Development

    • Evaluate professional and community resources and organizations that support and enhance mathematics instruction.
    • Describe the importance of collaboration, self-reflection, and professional development to improve practice.
    • Examine strategies for collaborating with all stakeholders in order to enhance student learning.
    • Investigate professional development opportunities available to address your specific needs and interests.
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