Teaching Children Who Struggle with Mathematics

Teaching Children Who Struggle with Mathematics

EDUC 600

Course Syllabus and Assignments

Course Readings: Teaching Learners Who Struggle with Mathematics by Helen Sherman (2009)  New Jersey: Pearson Education.  256 pages.

Course Description:

This course will help math teachers use this problem-solving guide to quickly know exactly what to do for students who struggle with math.  Basic math concepts and skills, such as place values, whole number computation, decimals and problem-solving are presented to help teachers reach students.   Educators will evaluate their instructional approaches and adapt a systematic approach to analysis and correction strategies for instruction that enhances learning mathematics.  Participants will write a paper on instructional theory for teaching mathematics or develop lessons or activities for classroom applications that help students understand and compute mathematics.

Course Objectives:

1.  Educators will learn about the dissimilar learner and techniques to help students who struggle with mathematics use strategies for using place value in a variety of techniques.

2.  Teachers will reexamine the addition of whole numbers to present the process using a variety of techniques.  Then use the techniques in the subtraction of whole numbers.

3.  Educators will learn about applying a variety of techniques for multiplication and division to reach the diverse perspectives and learning styles of students.

4.  A variety of instructional approaches for understanding rational numbers and decimals and presenting them to students who have a hard time working with numbers.

5. Teachers will develop lesson or unit plans that apply literacy strategies for addressing learning deficiencies and how this can help students improve their mathematical skills.

Chapter Review/Reflections:  Write several paragraphs summarizing the main ideas or information you thought was significant from each chapter in the book. Extended bullet points of main issues are also acceptable. See rubric for guidelines.

Chapter Contents:

1.      The Dissimilar Learner and Mathematics Instruction

2.         Place Value

4.         Subtraction of Whole Numbers

5.         Multiplication

6.         Division

7.         Rational Numbers

8.         Decimal Fractions                               9.         Problem Solving

A.         Sample DAS and MIP Tables             B. Suggestions for Planning Content Lessons

Writing Assignments:

After the chapter reviews, write a two-page paper linking key concepts from the book,Teaching Learners Who Struggle with Mathematics by Helen Sherman, to your specific classroom context.  By focusing your essay on an area of interest that is relevant to your teaching or professional experience, you will enhance your capacity to apply new concept learned in this class. You may choose to specifically focus your paper on classroom-management strategies from the book that are a change from your typical teaching methodology or practice.

Requiredassignments include: 1. Book readings 2. Chapter reviews 3. Research article review. 4. Application essay 5. Activity or project.   (APA or MA writing style format.)

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 Grading Grade Distribution Chapter Reviews & Reflections 30% 90 – 100 = A DVD Movie Review/Reflection 20% 80 - 89  = B Project or Activity 30% 70 – 79   = C Application Essay 20% 0 – 69 = D – F Total 100%
 Letter Grade % Possible Points                   Points Earned A 90-100 100 B 80-89 70 C 70-79 50 Re-Write Assignments Based on Rubric                Score

Teaching Learners Who Struggle with Mathematics

Course Assignments and Rubric

Chapter Reviews/Reflections

 Chapter Reviews Basic (50 pts.) Proficient (60 pts.) Advanced (70 pts.) Read the book and write chapter reviews and reflections for each chapter.Write 3 to 6 paragraphs summarizing the ideas, knowledge, and information that you thought was significant from each chapter. Consider reflecting on a paragraph or a concept that was enlightening and applicable to teaching. Address or apply any state, district, or national academic standards. Expanded bullet points of main issues are also acceptable. Include your personal experiences, ideas, and critical analysis. Writes a basic narrative of the chapters’ contents.Includes major points expressed by the author. Includes at least one citation or example. Writes a general narrative of the chapters’ contents with limited personal reflection.Expresses major points of each chapter. Writing includes any state, district, or national academic standards that apply. Includes several citations or examples. Writes a complete narrative of the main points of each chapter.Writes personal reflections that include the student’s experiences with these issues as they relate to their personal classroom experience. Expresses major points of each chapter and provides in-depth elaboration. Includes any state, district, or national academic standards that apply. Includes critical analysis of the course’s positive and/or limiting content and offers solutions as they apply to instructional applications in classrooms and schools. Error-free.

Academic Standards: Academic standards that apply to this course will vary from state to state.  Visit your district or state educational websites for academic standards that may apply to specific courses or subject areas and apply them as needed.

Research Article Review Rubric Assignment:

 Article Review Basic (10 pts) Proficient (15 pts) Advanced (20 pts) Research course topic and locate a relevant article that relates to the course content.Write an article  review and personal reflection connecting article with the course content and school environment. (3 to 6 pages) *Include a copy of the article utilized in this assignment. Writes review of article with basic citation information and briefly shows connection between course and article content. Writes review of article with a few references of information.Some critical analysis and solutions. Explores the connection between course and article content, showing full understanding of both interrelationship for teaching considerations. Writes review of article with several informative references and thoroughly demonstrates the connection between article and course content.Reflection incorporates abstract and critical analysis and alternatives or solutions. Personal experiences and perspectives are included. Review applies information learned to potential classroom situations.

Required Lesson/Unit Plan or Activity Rubric (replaces the essay)

 Activity Lesson/Unit Plans Basic (10 pts.) Proficient (20 pts.) Advanced (30 pts.) Write a unit or lesson plan, project or activities that demonstrate the course concepts in a school classroom or instructional environment.(3 to 6 pages) Other activities include: staff development, state academic standards, parent outreach, department or committee work, curriculum development, presentations, and school events. Creates a minimal activity and lesson plan that briefly demonstrates a simple application of a course concept or strategy that can be utilized in classrooms for instructional and/or evaluative applications. Creates a general activity and lesson plan or unit plan that demonstrates two or more course applications of the various topics or concepts.Includes any state, district, or national academic standards that apply. Contains a variety of teaching or learning styles and concrete or abstract practical applications of a concept from the course materials. Creates a detailed activity and lesson plan or unit plan that includes a variety of teaching and learning styles.Contains concrete and abstract activities for practical classroom applications of several concepts from the course content. Addresses any state, district, or national academic standards in the activity. Creates a lesson plan or activity that helps students utilize course content to apply the knowledge or skills to school curriculum for their affective needs and improving academic achievement.

Final-Application Essay Rubric Assignment

 Final-Application Essay Basic (10 pts.) Proficient (20 pts.) Advanced (30 pts.) Write an essay(3 to 6 pages ) combining  all the course content or assignments and show how they can be applied to teaching students, schools settings and staff and personal development. Writes an essay addressing how the course content can be applied to classroom instruction, student achievement, and the overall school environment. Writes an essay with one or two examples of how various course concepts can be developed and implemented in the classroom and school environments.Writing addresses any state, district, or national academic standards. Addresses instructional methods, teaching strategies and effective lessons as well as students’ affective needs and academic achievement. Writes a thorough essay with multiple examples of how various course concepts can be developed and implemented in classroom and schools.Includes student’s personal and experiential reflections and any state, district, or national academic standards that apply. Writing has critical analysis of the course’s positive and/or limiting content and offers solutions as they apply to instructional applications in classrooms and schools. Addresses instructional methods, teaching strategies and effective lessons as well as the affective needs of students along with academic achievement.

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