Course Websites

MEDU 530: Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School

These sites are for a semester-long course on teaching mathematics in elementary school. The course is designed to develop: (1) a more robust understanding of PK-5 mathematics, (2) pedagogical knowledge and strategies for teaching mathematics to culturally and linguistically diverse children, (3) an understanding of children’s mathematical thinking and dispositions, and (4) an awareness of how social, historical, and institutional contexts of mathematics affect your work with children and their families.

PK-3 Site
  • Course texts: 
    • Carpenter, T. P., Franke, M. L., Johnson, N. C., Turrou, A. C., & Wager, A. A. (2016). Young children’s mathematics: Cognitively guided instruction in early childhood education. Portsmouth, NH : Heinemann.
    • Featherstone, H., Crespo, S., Jilk, L., Oslund, J., Parks, A., & Wood, M. (2011). Smarter together! Collaboration and equity in the elementary math classroom. Reston, VA: NCTM.
  • Major assignments: Problem solving-interview or Number talk; Family STEM Night activity at urban school; Groupworthy task development
K-5 Site
  • Course texts: 
    • Carpenter, T. P., Fennema, E., Franke, M. L., Levi, L., & Empson, S. B. (2014). Children’s mathematics: Cognitively guided instruction. 2nd edition. Heinemann Educational Books.
    • Featherstone, H., Crespo, S., Jilk, L., Oslund, J., Parks, A., & Wood, M. (2011). Smarter together! Collaboration and equity in the elementary math classroom. Reston, VA: NCTM.
  • Major assignments: Problem solving-interview or Number talk; Family STEM Night activity at urban school; Groupworthy task development

ELED 422: Elementary & Middle School Teaching Methods: Mathematics

These sites are for a 5 week introduction to teaching mathematics in elementary and middle school. This mini-course is designed to introduce elementary & middle school prospective teachers to blending mathematical content knowledge with pedagogical practices so that you can support the mathematics learning of every student.

RURAL Cohort Site
  • Course text: Stein, M. K. and Smith, M. S. (2011). Five practices for orchestrating productive mathematics discussions. Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
  • Major assignments: Math autobiography & Student-centered, problem-based mathematics lesson
URBAN Cohort Site
  • Course text: Aguirre, J., Mayfield-Ingram, K., and Martin, D. (2013). The impact of identity in K-8 mathematics learning and teaching: Rethinking equity-based practices. Reston, VA: NCTM.
  • Major assignments: Math autobiography & Planning & enactment of a “low floor, high ceiling” math task at a Family STEM Night at an urban elementary school.