Mathematics Education 377

**Mathematics Teaching and the Classroom**

**Fall 2010**

**Meeting Time:** MWF
8-9:50 **Classroom:** TMCB
197

**Professor: **Dr.** **Blake
Peterson

**Office: **TMCB 193B **Office Phone: **422-7784
**Office Hours: **MWF
11:00-11:50 **email:** peterson@mathed.byu.edu

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
@ 8.5% 17%

Observation
write-ups 6
@ 3% 18%

Research
Lessons and

Individual Reflections 2
@ 10% 20%

Final
Exam 15%

Misc
Other Homework 10%

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. Except for extreme sickness or other family emergencies, it is expected
that you will be in attendance every day of the class. If such emergencies
arise, please contact Dr. Peterson immediately. If class is missed, 2% will be
deducted from your grade for each class session missed. This can be made up by
observing an approved (see Dr. Peterson) 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. Everyone will have
one free absence that does not need to be made up.