Class Note for MATH 302A with Professor Weinberg at UA
Class Note for MATH 302A with Professor Weinberg at UA
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Orientation to Math 302A 302B Fall 2008 Math 302A and Math 302B are designed to help prepare future elementary school teachers to teach mathematics The topics covered parallel at a more sophisticated level the mathematics curriculum in grades K 8 Some ofthese topics are Math 302A problem solving numeration whole number arithmetic meanings of operations fractions decimals percents divisors and multiples Math 302B Algebraic reasoning indirect measurement circles and angles transformational geometry perimeter area surface area volume organization of data probability The two courses model many of the recent recommendations for reform in mathematics education presented by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and other professional organizations Thus these courses emphasize problemsolving use of technology calculators and computers and manipulative materials cooperative learning oral and written communication of mathematical ideas and solutions and the connections between mathematics and its uses in everyday life Required Materials Bassarear T 2008 Mathematics for elementary school teachers 43911 Ed Boston Houghton Mif in Bassarear T 2008 Mathematics for elementary school teachers Explorations 43911 Ed Boston Houghton Mif in Math 302A Class Notes Calculator any kind pencils at least two colors of pen marker highlighter etc manipulative pack Activity Based Learning Both 302A and 302B are activity based courses This means that you will be given frequent opportunities to experience on a concrete level the ideas addressed in class and in the book During an activity you can feel a concrete manipulative material move it and actually use it to solve a problem or model a concept You will learn how the senses of touch and sight can be used to understand mathematics and solve problems It is very important that you do use the materials as directed by the instructor and get in the spirit of the activity The main objective is not to arrive at a solution but to re ect on the process that led you to that solution These activities also will familiarize you with some of the materials Cuisenaire rods fraction bars geoboards tangrams etc that are currently in use in elementary schools as aids to learning and teaching mathematics The class will be organized to provide a friendly intimate noncompetitive atmosphere in which you can feel free to explore discuss and learn mathematics in a small group situation We try to insist that you do work in groups not separately We want you to experience working together in a small group situation so hopefully you will later feel comfortable using this technique in your own classes The role of the instructor will be quite different from what you might have encountered in other math courses In 302MB the instructor acts primarily as a facilitator for your own exploration and learning Frequently a given question will have more than one possible answer a problem may have no ght method of solution One answer or method might be better than another We prefer that you discover this for yourself rather than just have us tell you We believe that your own learning will be more powerful and longlasting if it comes from you Homework Homework is very important in this course The assignments are involved and we encourage you to begin working on them as soon as they are assigned Get together with some of your classmates and work on the problems However you should each turn in your own personal writeup We are interested in process in how you explain your work We do not want just answers on a page In general for most problems you will have to show and explain your work Who is your audience when you are writing the homework Well in reality it will be the instructor or a grader But for the purposes of what we are looking for think of it as if you were writing for one of your peers that is an adult learner of mathematics Hence when we say that we want you to explain your work we mean for that audience not for elementary school children In general except for some computational problems you will need to explain your work Your explanations may include diagrams charts an English paragraph or any other format that conveys what you did and how you did it Help Sessions Besides your instructor s office hours you are encouraged to make use of the Math 302 Help Sessions These will be held in the Math 302MB classrooms or in the instructors offices There will be several help sessions every week to be announced at the beginning of the semester These hours are excellent occasions to get together with classmates to work on your homework and talk math During these Help Sessions a Math 302 instructor will be available for questions and guidance Attendance Class participation is very important Thus attendance and punctuality will affect your final grade More than two absences or excessive tardiness coming late or leaving early will cause your grade to be lowered or cause you to be dropped from the course Attendance will be taken at each class session Withdrawal from course A student may withdraw from the course without a grade class will not appear on transcript through Tuesday February 6 2007 A student may withdraw from the course with a grade of quotWquot if passing through Tuesday March 6 2007 Grading What follows is the grading scheme for all sections of Math 302MB It includes the different factors that will play a role in your grade InClass Exams 40 Final Exam 25 Homework 10 Quizzes Proiects Explorations Other Class Notes participation etc M 100 Scale for Final Grade A 90 100 B 80 89 C 70 79 D 60 69 E 59 and below Students with Disabilities If you anticipate the need for reasonable accommodations to meet the requirements of this course you must register with the Disability Resource Center and request that the DRC send your instructor of cial noti cation of your accommodation needs as soon as possible Please plan to meet with your instructor to discuss accommodations and how the course requirements and activities may affect your ability to fully participate Course Coordinators Suzanne Weinberg is the coordinator for Math 302A Of ce Math 511 Phone 6261699 Email sweinbergmatharizonaedu Jose Maria Menendez Gomez is the coordinator for Math 302B Of ce Math East 244 Phone 6261522 Email jmenendezmatharizonaedu Concerns about the course grades dropping the course etc should be directed to your instructor rst and then to the coordinator if necessary
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