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 É tells us that man is to be Òan agent unto himself.Ó 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
canÕt 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*

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
................É.......................................................................................................
4/21

Wednesday @ 7:00
a.m.

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