Math Wonders to Inspire Teachers and Students

EDUC 600
Course Syllabus and Assignments

Course Readings

Math Wonders to Inspire Teachers and Students by Alfred Posamentier (2003) Alexandria, VA: ASCD Publishers. 270 pages.

Course Description

This course will help teachers engage students in advanced math lessons and activities that encourage them to explore math principles that are complex and fun to use. The book contains an amazing collection of quirks, illustrations, problems and surprises that engage learners. The book's many problems use attention-getters, motivators, and enrichment activities that keep students exploring mathematical mysteries. Teachers will write an essay on learning theory and develop lessons or activities for classroom applications. As well as to help students use the book content to advance their mathematical inquiry, problem solving and creativity.

Course Objectives

1. Educators will explore the various concepts, lessons and activities that stimulate and challenge students in advanced mathematical concepts and problems.

2. Participants taking this course will learn how to implement a variety of mathematical teaching concepts and complex or creative math problems for advanced learners.

3. Educators will learn about numerous mathematical lessons that are different and provide challenges and problems solving activities for both teachers and students.

4. Participants will study and utilize a variety of mathematical teaching strategies and implement various activities for classroom instruction and applications.

5. Educators will write an essay about math learning theory and they will develop lesson or unit plans using the strategies or activities from the book in their classroom.

Math Wonders to Inspire Teachers and Students

$365

3 Credits

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards seeks to identify and recognize teachers who effectively enhance student learning and demonstrate the high level of knowledge, skills, abilities and commitments. This course aligns with #1, #2, #3 #4 and #5 of those standards.

Chapter Review/Reflections:

Write several paragraphs summarizing the main ideas, knowledge or information you thought was significant from each chapter in the book. Extended bullet points of main issues are also acceptable. See rubric for guidelines.

Chapters:

1. The Beauty of Numbers
2. Some Arithmetic Marvels
3. Problems with Surprising Solutions
4. Algebraic Entertainments
5. Geometric Wonders
6. Mathematical Paradoxes
7. Counting and Probability
8. Mathematical Potpourri

Writing Assignments

After the chapter reviews, write a two-page paper linking key concepts from the book Math Wonders to Inspire Teachers and Students by Alfred Posamentier, to your specific classroom context. Compose your writings on areas of interest that are relevant to your teaching discipline or professional experience. This will enhance your capacity to apply the new concepts learned in this course. Focus your writings and activities on the concepts and strategies from the book and related assignments on how you can apply them to your school environment, teaching methodology and instructional practice.

Required Assignments

1. Book readings
2. Chapter reviews and reflections
3. Research article review.
4. Project or activity
5. Final application essay.

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Instructor: Joseph C'de Baca 727-258-7233

Math Wonders to Inspire Teachers and Students

$365

3 Credits

Math Wonders to Inspire Teachers and Students

Course Assignments and Rubrics:

Chapter Reviews/Reflections

Chapter Reviews/ Questions

Read the book and write chapter reviews and reflections for each chapter.

Write 3 to 6 paragraphs summarizing the ideas, knowledge, and information that you thought was significant from each chapter.

Consider reflecting on a paragraph or a concept that was enlightening and applicable to teaching.

Address or apply any state, district, or national academic standards.

Expanded bullet points of main issues are also acceptable.

Include your personal experiences, ideas, and critical analysis.

Basic (30 pts.)

Writes a basic narrative of the chapters’ contents.

Includes major points expressed by the author.

Includes at least one citation or example.

Proficient (40 pts.)

Writes a general narrative of the chapters' contents with limited personal reflection.

Expresses major points of each chapter.

Writing includes any state, district, or national academic standards that apply.

Includes several citations or examples.

Advanced (50 pts.)
Writes a complete narrative of the main points of each chapter.

Writes personal reflections that include the student's experiences with these issues as they relate to their personal classroom experience.

Expresses major points of each chapter and provides in-depth elaboration.

Includes any state, district, or national academic standards that apply.

Includes critical analysis of the course’s positive and/or limiting content and offers solutions as they apply to instructional applications in classrooms and schools.

Error-free.

Academic Standards:

Academic standards that may apply to this course will vary from state to state. Visit your district or state educational websites for academic standards that may apply to specific courses or subject areas and apply them if needed.

 

Research Article Review Rubric Assignment:

Article Review

Research course topic and locate a relevant article that relates to the course content.

Write an article   review and personal reflection connecting article with the course content and school environment.

(3 to 6 pages)

*Include a copy of the article utilized in this assignment.

Basic (10 pts)

Writes review of article with basic citation information and briefly shows connection between course and article content.

Proficient (15 pts)

Writes review of article with a few references of information.

Some critical analysis and solutions.

Explores the connection between course and article content, showing full understanding of both interrelationship for teaching considerations.

Advanced (20 pts)

Writes review of article with several informative references and thoroughly demonstrates the connection between article and course content.

Reflection incorporates abstract and critical analysis and alternatives or solutions.

Personal experiences and perspectives are included.

Review applies information learned to potential classroom situations.

Required Activity/Project or Lesson/Unit Plan Rubric

Activity Lesson/Unit Plans

Write a unit or lesson plan, project or activities that demonstrate the course concepts in a school classroom or instructional environment.

(3 to 6 pages)

Other activities include: staff development, state academic standards, parent outreach, department or committee work, curriculum development, presentations, and school events.

Basic (10 pts.)

Creates a minimal activity and lesson plan that briefly demonstrates a simple application of a course concept or strategy that can be utilized in classrooms for instructional and/or evaluative applications.

Proficient (15 pts.)

Creates a general activity and lesson plan or unit plan that demonstrates two or more course applications of the various topics or concepts.

Includes any state, district, or national academic standards that apply.

Contains a variety of teaching or learning styles and concrete or abstract practical applications of a concept from the course materials.

Advanced (20 pts.)

Creates a detailed activity and lesson plan or unit plan that includes a variety of teaching and learning styles.

Contains concrete and abstract activities for practical classroom applications of several concepts from the course content.

Addresses any state, district, or national academic standards in the activity.

Creates a lesson plan or activity that helps students utilize course content to apply the knowledge or skills to school curriculum for their effective needs and improving academic achievement.

Final-Application Essay Rubric Assignment

Final-Application Essay

Write an essay (3 to 6 pages ) combining all the course content or assignments and show how they can be applied to teaching students, schools settings and staff and personal development.

Basic (5 pts.)

Writes an essay addressing how the course content can be applied to classroom instruction, student achievement, and the overall school environment.

Proficient (8 pts.)

Writes an essay with one or two examples of how various course concepts can be developed and implemented in the classroom and school environments.

Writing addresses any state, district, or national academic standards.

Addresses instructional methods, teaching strategies and effective lessons as well as students' affective needs and academic achievement.

Advanced (10 pts.)

Writes a thorough essay with multiple examples of how various course concepts can be developed and implemented in classroom and schools.

Includes student's personal and experiential reflections and any state, district, or national academic standards that apply.

Writing has critical analysis of the course’s positive and/or limiting content and offers solutions as they apply to instructional applications in classrooms and schools

Addresses instructional methods, teaching strategies and effective lessons as well as the effective needs of students along with academic achievement.

Math Wonders to Inspire Teachers and Students

$365

3 Credits

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