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MATH 431. Professional Subject Matter for Middle Grades Mathematics

Credits: 3
Department: Mathematics
Description: For teacher candidates only. Number sense, patterns and functions, number theory, geometry, data analysis and probability, current curriculum and pedagogical developments, lesson planning, and microteaching. Should be taken within one year prior to student teaching.
Prerequisites: Passing scores on the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examination Basic Skills Tests or instructor permission, and one of MATH 304, MATH 312, MATH 321, or MATH 325
Corequisites: STEM 420, ED 431, IM 422
Semester Offered: Fall
Grading Method: ABCDF

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Apply problem solving strategies within the context of middle grade mathematics.
2. Read and restate in their own words the five principles enumerated in the NCTM Standards: equity, curriculum, teaching, learning, assessment, and technology.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the NCTM Standards by making connections between and within mathematical strands including computation and estimation, number sense, statistics, probability, algebra, measurement, and geometry, and between and within the process standards including problem solving, reasoning and proof, communication, connections, and representation.
4. Adopt and defend in writing a position on an issue relevant to mathematics education.
5. Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of middle grades mathematics by modeling with manipulatives and technology.
6. Demonstrate by lesson planning, unit planning, and microteaching how they can transform their pedagogical and mathematical content knowledge into a form that is accessible to middle grades students.

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