MWF 10:00-10:50 A.M.
COURSE DESCRIPTION (from MSU Catolog):
Patterns and sequences, sets, the structure of various numeration systems, the four fundamentaloperations of arithmetic, integers, rational numbers, and elementary number theory. This course stresses conceptual understanding of mathematics through concrete examples, models, multiple representations of ideas and concepts, and processes of mathematical reasoning.
The following table lists the topics to be treated in our textbook:
1. An Introduction to Problem Solving (Ch. 1)
4. Integers and Number Theory (Ch. 5)
2. Numeration Systems and Sets (Ch. 2)
5. Rational Numbers as Fractions (Ch. 6)
3. Whole Numbers and Their Operations (Ch. 3)
6. Decimals and Real Numbers (Ch. 7)
This course is a mathematical content course for prospective elementary and middle school teachers. The course objectives focus on the mathematical content needs of those preparing to teach prekindergarten through grade 8, to include mathematical content which addresses Standards I, II, V, and VI of the TExES Mathematics Generalist EC-6 Standards and the TExES Mathematics 4-8 Standards. These standards are stated below:
Standard I. Number Concepts: The mathematics teacher understands and uses numbers, number systems and their structure, operations and algorithms, quantitative reasoning, and technology appropriate to teach the statewide curriculum (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills [TEKS]) in order to prepare students to use mathematics.
Standard II. Patterns and Algebra: The mathematics teacher understands and uses patterns, relations, functions, algebraic reasoning, analysis, and technology appropriate to teach the statewide curriculum (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills [TEKS]) in order to prepare students to use mathematics.
Standard V. Mathematical Processes: The mathematics teacher understands and uses mathematical processes to reason mathematically, to solve mathematical problems, to make mathematical connections within and outside of mathematics, and to communicate mathematically.
Standard VI. Mathematical Perspectives: The mathematics teacher understands the historical development of mathematical ideas, the interrelationship between society and mathematics, the structure of mathematics, and the evolving nature of mathematics and mathematical knowledge.
Within the context of Number Concepts and Operations (Competency 014 of the EC - 6 Generalist Texas Educator Certification Examination) and Patterns and Algebra (Competency 015 of the EC - 6 Generalist Texas Educator Certification Examination), the successful student will exhibit mathematical processes (Competency 018 of the EC - 6 Generalist Texas Educator Certification Examination) which demonstrate that she/he
Grades will be calculated using one of the following two methods:
METHOD 1 OR METHOD 2
4 Exams: Each worth 14% of course grade 3 Highest Exams: Each worth 16% of course grade
Final Exam: 25% of course grade Final Exam: 33% of course grade
Quizzes/Select HW: 12% of course grade Quizzes/Select HW: 12% of course grade
^{1}Arithmetic Proficiency Exam: 7 % of course grade ^{1}Arithmetic Proficiency Exam: 7 % of course grade
^{1}The Arithmetic Proficiency Exam is for you to demonstrate your skill with basic arithmetic, skill that is needed to teach elementary/middle school mathematics. You must earn at least an 80% on the exam to receive a positive score for the exam. Any score less than 80% is a score of zero. A study guide and practice exam will be provided to help you prepare for this exam. The exam will be given once in-class (Sept. 9^{th} ); should you not pass the exam on Sept. 9^{th}, you will be given two additional attempts to pass the exam. The additional attempts are given out-of-class. Weeks for the additional attempts can be found in the calendar at the end of this syllabus.
The standard percentage grading scale of 90-80-70-60 will be used to assign course grades.
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The final exam and all other exams will be taken in class.
Make-up exams and are not generally given; however, such exams may be given for an absence that is a result of a documented medical or personal emergency. If a student is going to miss an exam due to an approved university activity, the student should request to take the exam early. For missed exams, timely notification (for emergencies, on or before the scheduled day of the exam, and for approved university activities, a week prior to the scheduled day of the exam) is necessary to receive consideration to make up the missed exam or take the exam early. Once an exam has been returned to the class, it is not possible to take a make-up. No student will be allowed to make up more than one exam.
Homework will be assigned regularly from the book, as well as occasionally from class handouts. Quizzes will be given regularly to check comprehension of content within homework and class lecture. No make-up quizzes will be given. I will drop a student’s lowest two or three quiz scores to compensate for missed quizzes due to absences.
When homework is collected, late homework will not be accepted except for documented medical or personal emergencies.
Any student who accumulates more than 3 absences prior to Oct. 17^{th} (last day to withdraw from any class) will be required to withdraw from the class or the instructor will process a withdrawal with an assigned grade of “F” or “WF.” Further, any student with more than 5 absences at the end of the semester is subject to a one letter grade reduction in her/his course average. Exceptions to this attendance policy may be made by the instructor for an extenuating circumstance, but it is the responsibility of the student to request, in writing, the exception. The request should include an explanation of the extenuating circumstance and provide appropriate documentation verifying the extenuating circumstance.
Calculator: Calculators may not be used on the Arithmetic Proficiency Exam. For most other work calculators will be approved for use. Calculators on cell phones are not approved for use.
Cell Phones and Pagers: Please turn these off and put them away during class. Incompliant students will be dropped from the class.
Adhering to Scheduled Class Time: Students who need to leave class early should have permission from the instructor or be counted absent for the entire class period. Students should make every effort to arrive to class on time and remain for the entire period. Excessively leaving class early or arriving to class late will result in dismissal from the class with a grade of F.
Student Rights: All students should refer to the MSU Student Handbook for information related to student responsibilities, rights and activities. Topics such as Student Affairs and Student Life, Academic Issues, Financial Issues, University Policies and Procedures, and Code of Student Conduct are included in this handbook.
Cheating: Evidence of cheating on any of the assessments from which your course grade will be determined will result in a grade of zero on the evaluated work and possibly a grade of F in the course. No grades of zero that result from cheating will be dropped when course averages are computed. Further, university policy concerning reporting evidence of cheating to department chairs, college deans, etc. will be followed.
Disability Policy: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.