Math 210, Basic Number Concepts, covers in depth the decimal system, algorithms for the addition, subtraction, multiplication and division operations, fractions and decimal representation of numbers and their connections, and prime factorization, greatest common divisor, and least common multiple.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Students will
- understand in depth the place value system and algorithms for standard operations.
- understand that fractions, decimals, percent are different representations of numbers and the connections between them.
- understand how to clarify common mathematical misunderstandings arising in the K-6 classroom.
- clearly express their mathematical thinking both orally and written.
- understand the Common Core Standards in relation to the content of the course.
Textbook and Instructional Materials
Mathematics for Elementary Teachers with Activity Manual, 3rd edition, Sybilla Beckmann.
You need both the textbook and the activity book. The bookstore has many copies for sale. We will cover material from Sections 1-9.
We will also make frequent references to the Common Core Content Standards for Mathematics.
On occasion I will post Class Notes.
What I expect from you
For your success as future teachers in elementary school class rooms, you need to understand the material in this class. Come to every class and bring a positive attitude towards the subject. Be prepared to talk about mathematical ideas and how you understand mathematical concepts. Show a desire to really want to learn this material.
I expect you to complete work on time and with care. If you need help, you should contact me or class mates right away. Mathematics is NOT a spectator sport. You will have to do mathematics to understand it.
What you can expect from me
I will treat every student with respect. I think of you as pre-professionals who will teach in the communities that I, family and friends live in. I want you to be successful as future teachers!
I will be available to answer all your questions during office hours, via email and/or via telephone. I will prepare each class with care so that you can have the best possible learning experience.
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You should also read the following tow articles.They will give you a good idea what I want to accomplish in this class.