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

Offered Spring 2018 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, January 17, 2018

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 111 & 511/530 section 4
Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics 1

Instructor: Pat Baggett, baggett@nmsu.edu, (575) 646-2039
MW 4:30-5:45 PM
Walden Hall room 232

First class: Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Students in this course are primarily preservice K-8 teachers, but there may also be a few graduate students from the College of Education enrolled. Materials will be presented as lesson plans that can be used in elementary and middle grades (and some can be adapted for high school). Most lessons will have a large "hands- on" component using projects and technology, including the TI-108 and TI-83/84 calculators. We will not use a text book, but instead we will have a course pack with materials from Breaking Away from the Math Book: Creative Projects for Grades K-6 (2004), Breaking Away from the Math Book II: More Creative Projects for Grades K-8 (2004), and Breaking Away from the Algebra and Geometry Book: Original and Traditional Lessons for Grades K-8 as well as extensive handouts and units on the website, http://www.math.nmsu.edu/~breakingaway/. There are no tests in the class!

Syllabus of the Math 111/511/530 section 4 course

A super cool link: Breaking Away from the Math Book