EDUC 1070 - Mathematics for Educators I
Hours/Week: Lecture None Lab None
Course Description: This course is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to support and reinforce the instruction of K-6 students in the area of mathematics. Concepts of numerical literacy (number sense, computational procedures, number theory, and integers) will be emphasized along with teaching strategies that consider student learning styles and cooperative group activities. This class will be the first in a series of two mathematics courses in the MnState Elementary Education Transfer Pathway to meet Board of Teaching standards in the area of mathematics. Ten hours of field experience is required to practice, reflect, and assess mathematics strategies learned in class. Students must provide their own transportation. A Minnesota Human Services background study with no restrictions may be required.
Prerequisite(s): Course placement into college-level English and Reading OR completion of ENGL 0950 with a grade of C or higher OR completion of RDNG 0940 with a grade of C or higher and qualifying English Placement Exam OR completion of RDNG 0950 with a grade of C or higher and ENGL 0090 with a grade of C or higher OR completion of ESOL 0051 with a grade of C or higher and ESOL 0052 with a grade of C or higher. Course placement into MATH 0070 or higher, or completion of MATH 0030 with a grade of C or higher or MATH 0060 with a grade of C or higher, or MATH 1025 or above with a grade of C or higher.
- Current Standards for Mathematics Education
- NCTM Standards
- Minnesota Department of Education Standards
- Mathematical Games
- Use mathematical games to reinforce concepts and skills
- Adapt mathematical games to a variety of skill levels
- Construct mathematical games to use with children
- Cooperative Group Activities
- Engage children through the use of group activities
- Choose projects and activities that will make mathematics more meaningful to children
- Adapt projects and activities to a variety of skill levels
- Learning Styles
- Determine a child’s strongest learning style
- Choose materials that teach to that style of learning
- Error Analysis
- Determine common errors made by students in mathematics
- Learn techniques to help correct these errors
Manipulatives for explaining and developing mathematical concepts and skills
Concepts of numerical literacy
- Number sense
- Computational procedures
- Number theory (divisibility, factors, multiples, and prime numbers)
- Integers (properties and relationships)
- Integration of technological and non-technological tools
At the end of this course students will be able to:
- use numbers to quantify concepts in the students’ world.
- describe a variety of computational procedures.
- explain the concepts of number theory including divisibility, factors, multiples, and prime numbers.
- explain the relationships of integers and their properties that can be explored and generalized to other mathematical domains.
- integrate technological and non-technological tools with mathematics.
- apply a growth mindset model to learning mathematics.
Competency 1 (1-6)
Competency 2 (7-10)
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