# Mathematics for Elementary Teachers III

Professor Hlas

hlascs (@) uwec.edu

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*We can'tÂ solve problemsÂ by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.*

—Albert Einstein

## Course Information

This is the third of three
mathematics courses specifically designed for preservice elementary teachers. "Elementary" mathematics forms the *foundation* for all mathematical thinking. To fully understand this foundation, a teacher of mathematics must be comfortable with various methods and representations for mathematical ideas. This will be done by making sense of useful mathematics ( algebra, geometry, and data analysis) and by focusing on: add purpose and structure?

- encouraging mathematical thinking,
- building conceptual knowledge of mathematical ideas, and
- deriving mathematical formulas.

This course meets the following Liberal Education Learning Goals: creative and critical thinking; effective communication.

More course information is available on D2L.

### Goals

- Introduce tenents of social constructivism by fostering community of learners.
- Reconceptualize "elementary" mathematics as fundamental mathematics.
- Explain why mathematics works.

### Required

- Productive disposition!
- Mathematics for Elementary Teachers with Activities (4th edition), by Sybilla Beckmann

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