Mathematics Education 377

**Mathematics Teaching and the Classroom**

**Winter 2011**

**Meeting Time:** MWF
8-9:50 **Classroom:** TMCB
154

**Professor: **Dr.** **Blake
Peterson **Office Phone: **422-7784

**Office: **TMCB 193B **email:** blake@byu.edu

**Office Hours: **MWF 10:00-10:45 W
1:30-2:30

and by appointment

**Philosophy
of Course:** In becoming a teacher,
there are three main pieces of knowledge that must be gained: content knowledge
(mathematics), pedagogical knowledge (voice, posture, classroom management,
cooperative learning, etc.), and pedagogical content knowledge (take the
mathematics that you know and design pedagogical tasks that lead students to
that same mathematical understanding). You have had courses in pedagogy and
mathematics. The purpose of this course is to deepen your pedagogical content
knowledge. In particular, learn how to look at the mathematics that is being
taught from the perspective of the learner so that tasks are sequenced in a way
that is logical to the learner, a challenge to the learner and yet attainable.

**Course
Description:** The majority of the
time spent in class will be students watching students present mini-lessons. It
is important that every student approach this task as a valuable learning
experience. There is a tendency in this situation to think, ÒI already know the
mathematics that they are teaching so what do I have to learn.Ó However,
knowing mathematics for your own use is very different than knowing mathematics
to teach it. As a result, each class session should be approached with
questions like: ÒIf I were teaching this, what would I do?Ó, ÒWhat is the big
mathematical idea here?Ó and ÒIf I were a student in this class, could I see
that big mathematical idea?Ó etc.

For details about the class schedule go to the class website at http://mathed.byu.edu/~peterson/Classes.html and click on the Schedule

**Text: ***Mathematics
Curriculum Packet* distributed in
class.

** ***Focus in
High School Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making* published by NCTM

**Grading: **

** **Daily Lesson Plans 4
@ 5% 20%

Lessons
Taught

(Prep, Lesson Plan, Reflection) 2
@ 10% 20%

Observation
write-ups 6
@ 2.5% 15%

Research
Lessons and

Individual Reflections 15%

Final
Exam 20%

Observation
Professionalism 5%

Misc
Other Homework 5%

NOTE: It is possible that other assignments may be
given during the course of the semester. In that case, the above percentages
may be adjusted but will remain with the same approximate proportions.

**Attendance:**
Because of the nature of this course, attendance is **EXTREMELY** important. This course should be viewed as the beginning
of your student teaching which, in turn, should be thought of as a full time
job. It is not acceptable to be late to teach a class when there is a room full
of students relying on you Except for extreme sickness or other family
emergencies, it is expected that you will be in attendance and on time every
day of the class. If such emergencies arise, please contact Dr. Peterson
immediately.

*Tardies: *If you are tardy
(but less than 15 minutes late), you will automatically lose 1% from your
grade. If you are more than 15 minutes late, you will lose 2% from your grade.
You will be given one free tardy for the semester.

*Absences:* If class is missed,
4% will be deducted from your grade for each class session missed. This can be
made up by observing an approved teacher in the public schools for the same
amount of time that you have missed class. You will be required to write a
one-page detailed description __and analysis__ of what you observed. All
absences must be made up within two weeks of the absence. If you have more than
3 absences, you can only make up 2% for each of the absences. You will be given
one free absence for the semester.

**Professionalism:** When you go out into the schools, you need to represent yourself and
BYU well. You also need so show respect for the schools you visit and the teachers
you observe.
Some aspects of professionalism that you should attend to are:

- Dress professionally (no jeans or hoodies etc.)
- Be prompt
- Be attentive (no texting, donÕt do homework for
other classes, etc.)