Math 211

Basics: 107 PETR, MTuWF, 10:00am - 10:50pm, CRN 14092
Professor:  Dev Sinha; dps "at"; 346-5627.
Office Hours:  M 1:30-3, Wed 3:30-5 (eventually in Hedco Tutoring).
TA:  Taylor Reineke; reineke "at"
Prerequisites:  Math 111 (class taken with C- or better or placement) or Math 095 (class taken with C- or better)
   Problem Solving Approach to Mathematics For Elementary School Teachers
by Billstein, Libeskind and Lott

   Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics
by Liping Ma

Progressions documents which elaborate on the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
Additional materials: A standard scientific calculator such as the TI-30X IIS is recommended, and is the only type of calculator allowed on exams. Graphing calculators are allowed in class and for homework, but not on exams. On some assignments or parts of exams the use of calculators of any kind will be prohibited.

Course Structure:  This course will be structured differently than many math classes. The main goal is to engage you in the standards for mathematical practice, to prepare you for the mathematical work involved in being a teacher. For example, in order to help a student who is struggling reach conceptual understanding of a topic you must know the mathematical make-up of that topic and problem solve to see which piece of the topic is difficult for the student. By engaging mathemathatics from a problem-solving approach, we are also building experience upon which you can reflect as you help students develop their own problem-solving abilities.

In a typical week, you will have worksheets to work on in-class on Monday and Wednesday. The work will be due at the beginning of the next class, that is Tuesday and Friday respectively. On Tuesdays and Fridays, I will lecture, but I will also have some of you present your work on the worksheet/homework. You are encouraged to work in groups, as well as get help from tutoring sessions and office hours. But keep in mind that you need to maximize the amount of mathematics you yourself figure out. Indeed, due every Monday will be an explanation of an example (or multiple examples) from your work during the week where you did some good problem-solving, referring to the mathematical practices if appropriate. As the term progresses we may replace this self-reflection with commentary on classroom video clips. On some Mondays, you will also be asked to do some "prework" for the week, reading ahead in either the textbook or in progressions documents , and doing a few problems so that you have some basic ideas under your belt before coming to class that week. In addition to this weekly work (two worksheet/homework and one reflection/prework each) week, there will be two midterm exams (on Oct 16 and Nov 13), one final exam, and two writing assignments (due Oct 10, and Nov 5).
Grading:  35% Worksheets/homeworks
10% Classroom participation and problem-solving reflection.
5% Each writing assignments
12% Each Midterm Exam
21% Final Exam

Your two lowest worksheet/homework grades will be dropped.
A cumulative average of 88% or better guarantees at least an A- in the class. A cumulative average of 77% or better guarnatees at least a B- in the class. A cumulative average of 66% or better guarnatees at least a C- in the class.