EDC 563: Math Methods-Elementary

Synonym:

81358 (for web registration)

Section:

A

Faculty:

Paula Denton

Credits:

3

Seats:

18

Semester:

Spring 2012

Meeting Schedule:

Thursdays 1/12 - 5/3 (1:00PM-3:29PM)

Description:

Competency Area: Curriculum & Instruction
Required of and restricted to Education Department teacher certification students through December 15; open to other Education students on December 16.

This course aims at eliminating math phobia for both children and adults. It is based on the premise that mathematics will be both accessible and enjoyable if understanding is derived from experience and strong links are made between that experience and abstract symbolism. Beginning with a consideration of how children learn mathematics, the course will focus on providing children with opportunities to put together their own mathematical understanding. Using concrete materials and hands on experiences, students will become actively involved with problems from a range of mathematical strands (number sense, geometry, measurement, pattern, probability) to illustrate how children can explore mathematics through problem solving and inquiry.