Math Ed 306

Mathematics for Elementary Teachers

Winter 2010

 

Professor:      Blake E. Peterson                                Class Time:  TTh 2:00-3:50 p.m.

Office:            193B TMCB                                      Classroom:    154 TMCB

email:             peterson@mathed.byu.edu                 Office Hours: MW 1:30-2:30 pm    

phone:                        422-7784                                                                     TTh 1-1:50 pm                      

Website:         www.mathed.byu.edu/~peterson                               and by appointment

 

Course Description: This course, in connection with Math Ed 305, is designed to teach a perspective elementary teacher the understanding of mathematics needed to teach in grades K-6. The focus will be on the mathematics not on methods because all pre-service elementary teachers will take a separate mathematics methods course as part of their program. Although learning the appropriate mathematics is the primary objective, it is hoped that some of the instructional techniques used in the class will model the desired methods for teaching elementary mathematics.

President Marion G. Romney said

Doctrine and Covenants 29:34–35 tells us that man is to be “an agent unto himself.” Man cannot be an agent unto himself if he is not self-reliant. Herein we see that independence and self-reliance are critical keys to our spiritual growth. Whenever we get into a situation which threatens our self-reliance, we will find our freedom threatened as well. If we increase our dependence, we will find an immediate decrease in our freedom to act. (Marion G. Romney, The Celestial Nature of Self Reliance, Ensign, June 1984)

One of the goals of this class is for you, like your future students, to become self-reliant problem solvers wherein you learn to trust yourself as a mathematical authority instead of a textbook or a teacher.

The mathematical concepts taught in this course are: different meanings of fractions, decimals and real numbers; meanings and algorithms for adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions, decimals, integers and real numbers; uses and misuses of statistics; probability.

 

Text: Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers: A Contemporary Approach  - 8th ed., by G. L. Musser, W. F. Burger, and B. E. Peterson

 

Grading:        Homework                                                                              150 pts.

                              Better 2 of the 3 Midterms (150 pts. each)                              300 pts.

                              Other 1 of the 3 Midterms                                                       100 pts.

                              Final                                                                                        250 pts.

                                                                                                          Total            800 pts.

 

Homework: Homework will be collected and corrected daily. The homework will be scored 50% for quantity and 50% for quality. Homework will be collected at the beginning of each class session. In cases of extenuating circumstances, homework will be accepted as late as 5:00 in my office on the day that it is due. Otherwise it is considered late and will not be accepted. The lowest three homework scores will be dropped so no late homework will be accepted. I would encourage you to get the names and numbers of some of the other class members so that you can get the homework assignments in the unlikely event that you miss a class session and can’t contact the professor. Homework assignments will be posted on the class website at http://www.math.byu.edu/~peterson/Classes.html

 

Exams: There will be three midterm exams and a comprehensive final. The midterm exams will be given in the testing center and will take approximately 1-2 hours to complete. The tentative testing beginning dates are February 4 (Thursday), March 4 (Thursday) and March 25 (Thursday) and will run through the following Saturdays. The final will be given on Wednesday, April 21 from 7-10 am. The better two of the three exams will be worth 150 points each while the remaining exam with lowest score will only be worth 100 points. Thus the total of all three exams will be 400 points. The final exam is worth 250 points and is comprehensive.

 

Schedule for Winter 2010

 

Week(s)      Chapter                               Topic                                            Lect. Dates     Exam Dates

1-5                   6                      Fractions                                                         1/5-2/2            

Review.........................................................................................................    2/4

Midterm Exam I (Testing Center).......................................................................................... 2/4-2/6

6-7                   7                      Decimal, %, Ratio and Proportion                   2/9-2/18

8-9                   9                      Rational & Real Numbers, Algebra                 2/23-3/2                      

Review.........................................................................................................    3/4

Midterm Exam II (Testing Center) ......................................................................................   3/4-3/6

10-11               10                    Statistics                                                          3/9-3/16          

12                    11                    Probability                                                       3/18-3/23

Review.........................................................................................................    3/25

Midterm Exam III (Testing Center) .....................................................................................   3/25-3/27

13-14               11                    Probability                                                       3/30-4/8

Final Review................................................................................................    4/13

Final Exam ................…....................................................................................................... 4/21

                                                                                                                             Wednesday @ 7:00 a.m.   

 

Note: The above schedule is only a rough outline and may vary as the semester proceeds.