MATH 208 – Concepts of Elementary and Middle School Mathematics

MATH 208 - Concepts of Elementary and Middle School Mathematics

Session 1: May 26 – July 1

Course Description

Introduces elementary problem solving with emphasis on the nature of numbers and the structure of the real number system.

Topics studied include the structure and properties of number systems and of Euclidean Geometry applicable in elementary and middle school classrooms.

This course is open to all students and required of students seeking elementary education licensure.

This course will provide you with the proper foundation for and understanding of the mathematical concepts you will teach to elementary school children. Topics will include the structure and properties of number systems and of Euclidean Geometry.

Investigations through the use of manipulatives and technology in these topics will highlight the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ (NCTM) Process Standards:

  1. Problem Solving,
  2. Reasoning and Proof,
  3. Communication,
  4. Connections,
  5. Representation,

and the Virginia Department of Education’s Standards of Learning.

Course Objectives

Students will deepen their understandings of

  • number systems, their structure, basic operations, number sense, and properties,
  • computation and estimation, computational strategies, ratios, proportions, and percents,
  • algebra including: patterns, algebraic thinking, and operations using multiple representations,
  • geometry including: geometric figures, Pythagorean Theorem, perimeter, area, surface area of two- and three- dimensional figures, coordinate and transformational geometry, and
  • probability and statistics including: permutations and combinations, experimental vs theoretical, and measures of central tendency.

Course Materials

Textbook: A Problem Solving Approach to Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers Billstein, R., Libeskind, S., Lott, J.W., (2013). (11th ed.). Boston: Pearson.
ISBN: 9780321756664

Syllabus (PDF)

Dates: May 26 – July 1

Department: Mathematics

Course:  MATH 208

Credit Hours:  3

Prerequisites:

This course is open to all students and required of students seeking elementary education licensure.

Satisfies:

QR Quantitative Reasoning requirement
IB Math requirement

The above requirements are from the Randolph College general education program.  Check with your home institution to see if this course fulfills your requirements.

Tuition & Fees:

$1,350 tuition

Textbooks and other course materials can be purchased separately from the source of your choosing.

Your Instructor

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William BurnetteAdjunct Instructor in Mathematics

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