Teaching Mathematics, grades 5-12

Professor Hlas
hlascs (@) uwec.edu
Drop-in times

There is not one way to teach effectively, but many.
Hiebert & Stiegler

Course Information

A methods course serves as a capstone experience that ties together college mathematics and pedagogy classes by addressing various areas of the Wisconsin Teaching Standards. No one class can fully prepare someone for teaching, so this class is designed to practice skills and develop mindsets for continual improvement after the course ends.

More course information is available on Canvas.

Goals

Structure

Required

  1. Teaching mathematics in grades 6-12 (Groth, 2013)
  2. Progressions documents for CCSSM (online)

Recommendations

  1. Join National Council of Teachers of Mathematics -- http://www.nctm.org
  2. Join Wisconsin Mathematics Council -- http://www.wismath.org
  3. Become a Math Lab tutor

Research background


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

Email is the best way to reach me. I typically respond within 24 hours, but do not check email in the evenings or on Saturdays due to family commitments.

Attendance A record of attendance is required by the University to maintain accurate class rosters. Attendance is not graded but poor attendance may impact participation in group activities.

Absences If you are absent, please check the course schedule then meet with me (drop-in hours, Zoom, or email) so I can make sure you are caught up. Authorized absences (school functions, emergencies or illness) may be made up for full credit. Other absences may be completed early for full credit, or late for 90% credit. Late work is expected to be completed within two weeks of the original due date or by the last day of classes, whichever occurs first.

Entry-level switching The Department of Mathematics allows students within entry-level mathematics courses (i.e., 010, 020, 104, 109, 112, 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.

Grading

Student Accommodations Any student who has a disability and is in need of classroom accommodations should contact the instructor and the Services for Students with Disabilities Office in Centennial Hall 2106 at the beginning of the semester.

Academic Integrity Any academic misconduct in this course will be submitted to the Dean of Students.

Mandatory Reporter As a Wisconsin State employee, the instructor is obligated to report any crimes to the Dean of Students, including claims of sexual harassment or sexual assault. The Dean of Students office may reach out to you to offer resources and support.

Community As members of this class we are members of a learning community that values all people with all backgrounds. Please remember that our words and actions affect everyone within our community and remember a little positivity can go a long way.