MATH 385: MATHEMATICS FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS
Content: This course discusses mathematics for elementary school teachers, taught with IBL methods. It is required of all students intending to earn an elementary teaching certificate and is taken almost exclusively by such students. Topics covered typically include numeration systems, arithmetic (including estimation, mental arithmetic, and alternative algorithms), divisibility and fractions, sets, and problem solving.
Structure: Primary goals of the course include developing students' problem solving skills and giving students practice in explaining/presenting problems to others, both one-on-one and to larger groups. To this end the classes typically include only a brief review lecture; most of the class time is spent working on challenging problems in groups, followed by student presentations of the problems to the class. Class participation is a significant portion of the course grade.
Math 385 - Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers (link to the "Courses" page)