MATH 489: MATHEMATICS FOR ELEMENTARY & MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS
Content: This is the sequel to MATH 385, continues with mathematics for elementary and middle school teachers, and is 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. Math 385 is a prerequisite for this class. Topics covered typically include decimals, ratios and percent, statistics and probability, and geometry.
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.
Concepts are heavily emphasized with some attention given to calculation and proof. The course is conducted using a discussion format. Class participation is expected and constitutes a significant part of the course grade. Enrollment is limited to 30 students per section. Although only two years of high school mathematics are required, a more complete background including pre-calculus or calculus is desirable.
Math 489 - Mathematics for Elementary & Middle School Teachers (link to the "Courses" page)