Teaching Mathematics, grades 5-12

Grading

It is important to accurately show your mathematical thinking and to communicate clearly. If any concerns arise regarding grading, please contact the instructor outside of class time. Preservice teachers are awarded "math teacher points" (MTP) for demonstration of mathematical or teacher-like thinking in their work.

Practice assignments (13 × 10 MTP )

Practice assignments are open-ended and usually given before class discussion in order to gauge prior knowledge of common teaching tasks. Expect them to be challenging. Expect to discuss them in class. Expect feedback for improvement.

Additionally, each practice assignment requires justification of some aspect of the assignment. This is designed to prepare for edTPA, which requires justification of pedagogical decisions.

Problem solving observation (50 MTP)

Each preservice teacher will pose an original mathematical problem to two students: one struggling and one advanced, then observe how they solve the problem. The results of these observations will be presented to the class and written up for the cooperating teacher.

Fine print

Attendance A record of attendance will be periodically collected. This is done to maintain accurate class rosters and to assess the impact of attendance on student achievement. Poor attendance may impact group activities.

If you will be absent, it is your responsibility to find out what was missed by checking D2L or contacting fellow classmates. Authorized absences (school functions or emergencies) may be made up for full credit. Non-authorized absences may complete an assignment before it is returned to receive 75% credit. All other make-ups receive 50% credit and must be completed within two weeks of the original due date. Bonus assignments are not eligible to be completed late for any reason.

Entry-level switching The Department of Mathematics allows students within entry level mathematics courses (i.e., 010, 020, 104, 106, 108, 109, 111, 112, 113, 114, or 246) to move up to a higher numbered course during the first two weeks of a semester or move down during the first three weeks. Please contact the instructor for more details.

Midterm grades represent a best guess at a final grade based on performance at the time of midterm submission.

Student Accommodations Any student who has a disability and is in need of classroom accommodations, please contact the instructor and the Services for Students with Disabilities Office in Centennial Hall 2106 to determine accomodations before contacting the instructor.

Academic Integrity Any academic misconduct in this course as a serious offense. The disciplinary procedures and penalties for academic misconduct are described on the UW-Eau Claire Dean of Students web site.

Civility As members of this class, we are members of a larger learning community where excellence is achieved through civility. Our actions affect everyone in our community. Courtesy is reciprocated and extends beyond our local setting, whether in future jobs, classes, or communities. Civility is not learned individually, it is practiced as a community.