Math 143 Problem-Solving for Teachers
MW SBS B-209
Website: http://www.csudh.edu/math/mjones You will find the syllabus and course assignments on the website.
Office: NSM A-120 phone: (310) 243-2410
Office Hours: M
W (1- 2:30 only on February 8, 22, March 8, 22, April 12, 26, and May 10)
And by appointment
Text and Materials: Thinking Mathematically, by John Mason, Revised Edition; and either Teaching Mathematics through Problem Solving, Prekindergarten—Grade 6, by Frank K. Lester, Jr. (Ed.) or Teaching Mathematics through Problem Solving, Grades 6—12, by Harold L. Schoen (Ed.).
Course Description: This course is designed to improve your ability to solve problems. In particular, you will learn problem-solving by solving problems, but also by looking at other solutions and at techniques for solving problems.
Goals: Students will
Expected Outcomes: Students will demonstrate improved mathematical thinking on assessments by
Total 1000 points
Participation is composed of attendance and contributing during class sessions. You receive 1 point for each day that you attend class. The remaining points can be earned by participating consistently in class through individual, partner, team, and whole class work sessions. Also, see the absence policy below.
Journals will be due each Wednesday. Each journal will involve responding to assigned reading. You will also turn in a final reflection as part of your journal. Each journal will be worth 10 points, and the final reflection will be worth 40 points. The format for the journal and reflection will be discussed separately.
Homework is assigned every Wednesday and is due the following Monday. If you cannot be in class, have someone turn your homework in for you or turn it in to my office on the day it is due. Late homework is not accepted. Full credit (15 points) is given if all work is completed and correct. A score of 12-14 points is given to work that is complete but not all correct. A score of 11 points or fewer indicates that not all the homework was done.
Exams will be given on the following Mondays: February 27 and April 10.
The Final will be given on Monday, May 15, from , and will be cumulative.
Grading Scale: A: 92% or better, A-: 88-91%, B+: 84-87%, B: 81-83%, B-: 77-80%,
C+: 74-76%, C: 71-73%, C-: 68-70%, D: 65-67%, F 64% or below
Make-up and Absence Policy: I do not accept late or make-up work. If you experience a major emergency, special arrangements may be made at my discretion. Please make every effort to contact me as soon as possible when you know you will miss a class due to an emergency; do not wait until the next class to ask about being excused from an assignment. If you accumulate 4 absences, you will receive an automatic F for the semester. No exceptions.
Academic integrity is expected. Cheating, fraud, plagiarism or other academic dishonesty is unacceptable and will be cause for disciplinary action.
Creating Conditions for Successful Learning: Research shows success in math class depends very much on two factors: the amount of time spent working on the material, and the student’s beliefs about mathematics and what it means to understand and do mathematics. With this in mind, here are some suggestions:
In addition, you need to have:
Classroom Norms: As we will spend a lot of time working in partnerships, in groups, and in class discussions, here are some rules to help you navigate what may be an unfamiliar experience in math class.
These rules are meant to benefit the entire class, and to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to contribute and to learn.