MWF 8:00-8:50 A.M.
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
Homework & Activities: 12% of course grade Homework & Activities: 12% of course grade
1Arithmetic Proficiency Exam: 7 % of course grade 1Arithmetic Proficiency Exam: 7 % of course grade
See course requirements above.
The final exam and all other exams will be taken in class.
Make-up exams are not generally given; however, such exams may be given (at the instructor’s discretion) for an absence that is a result of a documented medical or personal emergency or an approved university activity. Further, 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. Further, make-up exams must be taken prior to the class period following the missed exam. In addition, no student will be allowed to make up more than one exam.
No late homework or other class work will be accepted unless you have a documented medical emergency. Homework is due at the beginning of class. If you are going to be absent, you may turn your homework in early, at your own risk you can give it to another student in class to turn in for you, you scan it and email it to me prior to the beginning of class, or you can fax it to my attention at 940-397-4442 prior to the beginning of class. Any student who misses class should check WebCT for new assignments. If no new assignment is posted on WebCT, the student should send the instructor an email requesting newly assigned work.
Any student who accumulates more than 4 absences prior to Oct. 18th (last day to withdraw from the course) is subject to dismissal from class with a grade of “F.” Further, any student with more than six absences at the end of the semester is subject to a one letter grade reduction in her/his course average. For example, a student with seven absences and a C average will be assigned a course grade of D. Exceptions to this attendance policy may be made (at the instructor’s discretion) for extremely rare extenuating circumstances (such as a lengthy hospitalization).
Homework: Homework will be assigned regularly from the book, as well as occasionally from class handouts.
Calculator Policy: 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 (or place on silent mode) during class and do not send or read received text messages during class. Incompliant students will not be allowed to attend 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.
Evidence of Cheating: Evidence of cheating on any of the assessments from which your course grade will be determined will result in a grade of F on the evaluated work and possibly a grade of F in the course. Further, university policy concerning reporting evidence of cheating to department chairs, college deans, etc. will be followed.
Disability Policy: In accordance with the law, MSU provides academic accommodations to students with documented disabilities. Students with disabilities must be registered with Disability Support Services before classroom accommodations can be provided. The DSS Office is located in Clark Student Center, Room 168, phone 397-4140.