Numbers and Operations II

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

Fractions are pathway to algebra. (unknown)

Course Information

This course focuses on mathematical knowledge for teachers using active learning. Course 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.

Structure

Materials

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.

Course references

Research background

Grading

It is important to accurately show your mathematical thinking and to communicate clearly. 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 (0 MP)

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.

Extra practice (0 MP)

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.

WeBWorK online homework (20 MP)

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 20, which is 14 MP.

Quizzes (30 MP)

Most days there will be a short quiz at the beginning of class. Notes are not allowed on quizzes, but class manipulatives are allowed.

Quizzes will be one of the following types:

Exams: Midterm (+5 MP) & Final (25 MP)

"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). A such, assessments are a part of the learning experience and will require mastery of class material, but will also require the ability to apply class material to new situations.

Each exam is individual and allows one page of notes (1-sided, handwritten) and use of class manipulatives. The midterm exam is worth extra credit. The final exam is cumulative. Other details will be posted to Canvas.

Fine print

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

Attendance A record of attendance will be collected. This is required by the University to maintain accurate class rosters and to assess the impact of attendance on student achievement. Attendance is not graded but poor attendance may impact group activities.

Absences If you are absent, please meet with me (drop-in hours, Zoom, and/or email) so I can make sure you are caught up. Missed assignments because of an authorized absence (school functions or emergencies or COVID-19 related absences) do not require explanation and may be made up for full credit. Missed assignments due to a non-authorized absences also do not require explanation and 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.

*Grades Midterm grades will be based on percentage of points completed at the time of midterm submission. For final grades, total points will be rounded up to the nearest whole number to determine a letter grade. Individual scores or grades will not modified because they represent a student's progress in the class throughout the semester.

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 (https://www.uwec.edu/equity-diversity-inclusion/edi-services-programs/services-for-students-with-disabilities/).

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.

Mandatory Reporter As a Wisconsin State employee, I am obligated to report any claims of sexual harassment or sexual assault. Please know that any such information revealed to me will be forwarded to the Dean of Students. The Dean of Students office may reach out to you to offer resources and support.