Two Courses in Mathematics Education for Prospective and Practicing K-12 Teachers and Others

Offered Fall 2017 at NMSU
Each of these courses earns attendees 3 hours of math credit.

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Course 1:
Math 215 section 1
Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics III

Instructor: Pat Baggett, baggett@nmsu.edu, (575) 646-2039
MW 2:45 - 4:00 PM
Walden Hall room 232

First class: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Here is the catalog description of Math 215: Probability, statistics, ratios, and proportional relationships. Experimental and theoretical probability. Collecting, analyzing, and displaying data, including measurement data. Multiple approaches to solving problems involving proportional relationships, with connections to number and operation, geometry and measurement, and algebra. Understanding data in professional contexts of teaching. Taught primarily through student activities and investigations. Prerequisite(s): C or better in MATH 112.

The course intends to provide future K-8 (and higher) teachers with adequate knowledge of probability and statistics in a format that can be adapted for use in their classrooms. We will combine hands-on activities with calculator use to explore concepts in a concrete and tangible way. A TI-83/84 calculator is required for the course. We will not use a textbook but there is a course pack of materials whose price is only the cost of Xeroxing. Some materials are online at http://www.math.nmsu.edu/~breakingaway/ (click on Statistics). We hope that you will find some of them suitable to try with students in your future classes.

Syllabus of the Math 215 course

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Course 2:
Math 313 & 513 section 1
Fundamentals of Algebra and Geometry

Instructor: Pat Baggett, baggett@nmsu.edu, (575) 646-2039

Walden Hall room 232

First class: Thursday, August 17, 2017

This course intends to provide K-12 preservice and inservice teachers (and others) with adequate algebraic knowledge in a format that can be directly used in their classrooms.  We will combine algebra with geometry based on measurement of distance, providing hands-on activities, some adaptable even for students in early elementary grades.  Calculators (TI-108 and TI-83/84) will be used.  Graduate students/practicing teachers will take Math 513 section 1 and sit in the same university class with Math 313 section 1 undergraduates.  For materials we will use a course pack, some units from our book, Breaking away from the Algebra and Geometry Book (2001)), and units from our website, http://www.math.nmsu.edu/~breakingaway/.   

For more information (on either course, on dates to register, how to register, etc.) contact Pat Baggett, baggett@nmsu.edu, (575) 646-2039

Syllabus of the Math 313 course

A super cool link: Breaking Away from the Math Book