MTHED 377

Mathematics Teaching in the Public Schools

Mathematics Education College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

Course Description

Developing skill in designing and implementing lesson plans that include high-cognitive demand tasks; anticipating, monitoring, and building on student mathematical thinking; and orchestrating mathematical discussions that lead to student understanding of fundamental mathematics concepts.

When Taught

Fall and Winter

Grade Rule

Grade Rule 8: A, B, C, D, E, I (Standard grade rule)

Min

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

2

Other Prerequisites

Departmental consent

Note

Contact the department undergraduate coordinator, Dan Siebert (dsiebert@mathed.byu.edu), to get permission to add this course.

Title

Mathematics

Learning Outcome

Students understand the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline of mathematics as well as core representations, canonical examples, and alternative algorithms germane to teaching secondary school mathematics.

Title

Task Analysis and Design

Learning Outcome

Students can analyze a task, a section in a textbook or curricular unit, or a specific mathematical topic to identify and describe the related important mathematical concepts and procedures, and can design relevant tasks that foster conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and authentic mathematical practices.

Title

Developing Lesson Plans

Learning Outcome

Students understand how to create lesson plans that involve meaningful tasks in the context of a given unit, that anticipate student thinking and how the lesson might build on that thinking, and that articulate how they will orchestrate each phase of the lesson (launch, explore, discuss, unpack).

Title

Orchestrating Lessons

Learning Outcome

Students can use their lesson plans to engage adolescents in the day's activities (launch), facilitate meaningful exploration of mathematics (explore), orchestrate discussion that builds on and extends adolescents' emerging mathematical conceptions (discuss) and ensure the important mathematical concepts and procedures related to the goals of the lesson are made explicit (unpack).

Title

Assessing Mathematical Learning

Learning Outcome

Students understand how to design and use formative assessment that monitors the learner's progress, informs instructional decisions, and engages adolescents in assessing their own mathematical learning.

Title

Professionalism

Learning Outcome

Students demonstrate their professionalism through maintaining appropriate relationships and behavior in the MthEd 377 classroom setting; improving practice through reflection and by providing, soliciting and incorporating feedback; and contributing to the professional learning community of the classroom.

Title

Teaching Mathematics for Social Justice

Learning Outcome

Students understand how to provide adolescents with opportunities to use mathematics to promote a socially just society and can modify learning materials to promote access for a wide range of adolescent identities.