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Math 212 Foundations of Elementary Math II Instructor: Terese Sieber Fax: 503-977-8259 Campus Address: PCC, PO Box 19000, Portland, Oregon 97280-0990 E-mail Address: [email protected] Web Address: http://spot.pcc.edu/~tsieber Voice Mail Phone: 503-244-6111 x3147 Textbook: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers: A Conceptual Approach, sixth edition, Mathematics for Elementary Teachers: An Activity Approach, sixth edition, and Mathematics for Elementary Teachers: Manipulative Kit Authors: Bennett and Nelson Web Page Address: http://www.mhhe.com/math/ltbmath/bennett_nelson/ Required: A scientific or graphing calculator, scissors, a straight edge, graph paper and colored pencils. A stapler, a hole punch, a glue stick, and tape are useful to have, also. Material: We will be covering Chapters 5 through 8. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in Math 211 and placement into WR 121. Course Description: Math 212 is a 4-credit class that surveys mathematical topics for those interested in the presentation of mathematics at the K-9 levels. This course emphasizes propositions and algorithms of rational numbers (fractions, decimals, and percents), integers, the set of irrational, the set of real numbers, and simple probability and statistics. Various manipulatives and heuristic problem solving strategies are used. Course Activities: In-class activities will have variety, depending on the day's topic. Classes will consist of lecture, discussion, question and answer sessions, group activities, lab experiments, paired board work, technology use, exams, and more. You will be actively involved in learning while in class; do not expect to simply sit and listen. You can expect to spend at least two hours outside of class for every hour in class to meet the learning objectives of the course. Attendance: Students are expected to attend all class sessions. In-class activities and interaction with other students is an integral part of this class. Attendance will be recorded at the beginning and the end of each class session. You may miss at most 6 hours of class without penalty. If you miss between 6 and 8 hours of class, you will still receive credit for this course, but the penalty will be a grade reduction of one letter grade. If you miss more than 8 hours of class, you will not receive credit for this course. Please note that each class is scheduled for 1 hour and 50 minutes. If you miss class for any reason, you are responsible for going over everything covered in class on your own time. The class and exam schedules are subject to change. You are responsible for being aware of any changes regardless of absence. Attendance is worth 25 points. Homework: Please DO NOT read the section or do the homework problems before we cover the material in class. The activities we do in class will help you discover mathematical relationships, so pre-reading will compromise the intent of the group activities. I will be assigning problem sets for practice. These will not be collected, but should be included in your portfolio along with a journal entry for each section of the chapter. I will also be assigning a * (individual) or ** (group) problem from most sections that will be turned in andgraded. This * or ** problem will only be considered for credit if turned in on the date that it is due. Absolutely no late homework will be accepted. No exceptions. However, if you know that you are going to miss class, you can turn the assignment in early to me or to my mailbox. In addition to the write up for the * problem, a journal entry must be included for the individual problems only. This journal entry should be a short reflection on your experience (insights gained, struggles, aha’s, etc.) while working on the * problem. As I look at homework problems, I will be looking for evidence of your thinking process. I will be assessing these * problems using the 6-point scale shown below: 6 The work meets the requirements for a 5 and is enhanced by showing two different methods of working the problem, or connections or extensions to other mathematical ideas. 5 The work is correct and thoroughly developed with a visual model and a complete written explanation of the process. 4 The work is complete and correct with a visual model used to solve the problem. 3 The work is partially correct or partially complete (i.e. missing journal or visual). 2 The work is undeveloped or sketchy. 1 The work is minimal. Homework is worth 100 points. Your homework grade will be calculated as a percentage of the points possible. Absolutely no late homework will be accepted. No exceptions. Exams: Exams will be worth 100 points each, totaling 400 points. Exams may be in class, take-home, group, or individual or any combination thereof. Exams are intended to make you think with the information you have gained from the book, class discussion, homework and activities. Problems will be from topics covered in lectures, the text, class or group activities or any other material referenced in class. Use of textbooks, lecture notes, and other supplementary materials will be forbidden. However, manipulatives and calculators will always be allowed during an exam. Any hint of cheating during an exam will result in a zero for that exam. The instructor will decide what constitutes a hint of cheating. The exams are one hour long and may take place at any point during the class session. There will be no make-up exams. This schedule is subject to change, as necessary, at the discretion of the instructor, to meet the needs of the class. You are responsible for being aware of any changes regardless of absence. Portfolios: Each student will keep an ongoing portfolio. This should be a 121" three-ring paper type binder with pockets, with one subject divider for each of the following categories: ♦ Administrative paperwork (syllabus, etc.) ♦ Introductory Journal (to be written first day of class) and Field Experience journals ♦ Notes and informational handouts ♦ Completed non-graded homework with one journal per section ♦ Graded * problem (with journals) or ** problems ♦ Activity Book problems and other class work ♦ Exams ♦ Portfolio evaluations Portfolio Evaluation: One half of your portfolio grade (25 points) will be given at the midterm and determined by me. The grade will be based on the following criteria:OMITTED 0 point MINIMAL 1 point RUDIMENTARY 2 points COMMENDABLE 3 points SUPERIOR 4


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