hlascs (@) uwec.edu
Fractions are pathway to algebra. (unknown)
This course focuses on mathematical knowledge for teachers using active learning. Course learning outcomes include conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, strategic competence, adaptive reasoning and productive disposition of the following topics:
This course helps students meet the following Liberal Education Learning Outcome(s):
More course information is posted on Canvas.
Note: Calculators will not be allowed so preservice teachers can learn to think like elementary students, who do not use calculators for these mathematical topics.
It is important to clearly communicate our mathematical thinking throughout the class. On every assignment, the preservice teacher starts at zero then earns "math points" (MP) for demonstration of mathematical thinking in their solutions. If any concerns arise regarding grading, contact the instructor in a timely manner.
Before class activities are intended to be completed to the best of your ability. The idea behind these activities is that you learn more by trying something first (in this case before class), then getting feedback (during class). Perfection is not expected on these activities. If tasks are unclear, please ask questions via email. Also, feel free to work with fellow classmates on these tasks unless otherwise stated.
Recommended practice exercises from the book and other resources are listed in the daily calendar. These tasks are not graded but are recommended because practice problems may appear on assessments while readings provide context for class activities. Group work is recommended for extra practice problems.
Homework problem sets apply skills from class and allow for practice. Problems in WeBWorK may be attempted multiple times, but only the highest score is recorded. Feedback is immediate, but is limited to correct/incorrect so please contact the instructor when better feedback is needed.
WeBWorK is open until the last class day. Each student earns credit based on their percent of correct answers. For example, a student that completes 70% of the problems would receive 70% of 26, which is 18.2 MP.
Most days there will be a formative quiz due at the beginning of class. Notes are not allowed on quizzes, but class manipulatives are allowed.
"To assess conceptual knowledge, researchers often use novel tasks … Because children do not already know a procedure for solving the task, they must rely on their knowledge of relevant concepts to generate methods for solving the problems." (Rittle-Johnson, Seigler, Alibali, 2001, p. 347). Assessments are a part of the learning experience so will require mastery of class material and will require the ability to apply class material to new situations.
Two exams are planned: a midterm and a comprehensive final. Each exam focuses on more recent material, but mathematics is cumulative so expect to see previous material again. Exams are individual, allow one page of notes (one-sided, handwritten) and class manipulatives may be used. Extra credit is also planned for both exams. Other details will be posted to Canvas.
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.
The UW-Eau Claire Liberal Education (LE) Core curriculum serves as a strong foundation for all of our academic programs. Our LE Core embodies the Power of [AND] in its design. It has been developed to ensure that you acquire the knowledge AND skills AND responsibility that you will need to actively engage in a global society. Through meeting the requirements of the LE Core you will develop the ability to think critically, creatively and independently. You will learn to integrate and apply your knowledge and develop values essential to becoming a constructive global citizen. The outcomes will empower you and prepare you to deal with complexity, diversity, and change in multiple settings. They will also develop highly marketable skills and lead to life-long learning and civic engagement (see LE Learning Outcomes and Rubrics).
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.