Fall 2011

Math Ed 611


Professor: Blake Peterson                                                        email: blake@byu.edu

Office: TMCB 193B                                                                Phone: 422-7784

Office Hours: MWF 10:00 – 10:50, W 1:30-2:30                  Cell Phone: 372-3009

              and by appointment



Text:   Sherin, M. G., Jacobs, V. R., & Philipp, R. A. (Eds). (2011) Mathematics Teacher Noticing: Seeing Through TeachersŐ Eyes. New York: Routledge


Course Description: The purpose of this course is to help you gain familiarity with current perspectives in the field of mathematics education by reading and discussing prominent texts that have been written for mathematics teachers and policy makers.



Grading: You will be guaranteed a grade of B- if you miss no more than one class during the semester, participate in classroom discussions, and make one presentation in class. You can earn a final grade higher than B- by writing one paper on all of the readings which will be due at the end of the semester. The grade on the paper contributes to the final grade in the following way:


Paper Grades

Class Grade

A, A-


B+, B, B-


C+, C, C-


D+, D, D-





For every absence beyond the first absence, your overall grade will be reduced by one-third of a grade (A to A-, or A- to B+ etc).


Participation in Discussions: You should read the assigned reading before coming to class. You should also be prepared to participate in the discussion of key ideas and claims made in the reading. This includes being prepared to explain what the key ideas and claims are and to justify why you agree or disagree with those ideas and claims. Your first goal in reading papers should be to understand the main points the author is making and why the author makes those points, not reacting to the authorŐs main points. After you have figured out what the author is saying, then determine how you think about that, and try to justify your reaction.




Presentation: You will be expected to lead the discussion once during the semester. Leading the discussion consists of asking a few key discussion questions for the group that push them to a deeper understanding of the content of the reading. Your presentations are graded upon completion only.


Online Resources: An updated reading schedule, as well as a list of presenters, can be found at http://www.mathed.byu.edu/~peterson/Classes.html


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Students With Disabilities: BYU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to qualified persons with disabilities.  If you have any disability that may adversely affect your success in this course, please contact the University Accessibility Center at 422-2767.  Services deemed appropriate will be coordinated with the student and instructor by that office.