EDEL 302 Teaching Math in Elementary, a 3 credit hour course in the Bachelor of Education degree program of Reformation International College
Course Description: 3 credit hour course
This course is an excellent resource for those who are investigating the teaching of mathematics at the elementary and middle school levels. There is an emphasis on student-centered problem solving which is consistent with current trends and practices. This course is unique in that it challenges assumptions and traditional practices. Three major strengths include the references to the NCTM Standards, inclusion of algebraic thought at all grade levels, and the continued development of the same themes and philosophical foundations. An additional strength is that there is the involvement of the student in the development of 'mathematical reasoning.' This course helps students make sense of mathematics and become confident in their ability to teach mathematics to children K to 8. There is a thorough discussion of the new standards and then clear development of four key aspects of teaching mathematics: the nature of mathematics as a science of pattern and order; an understanding of how children learn mathematics; a problem solving view of teaching mathematics; and specific methods for integrating assessment with instruction. Simple yet effective classroom activities are woven throughout the course as well as suggestions for technology and literature.