Marta Civil  civil@math.arizona.edu 
Department
of Mathematics  University of Arizona

STCH 250  Introduction to Teaching
Mathematics
Course Description
When:
Tu & Th from 9:30 to 10:45, August 26 – December 9, 2003
Where:
Math East 141
Instructor:
Marta Civil
Office:
Math 202 Phone: 6216873 email: civil@math.arizona.edu
Office
Hours: Tu from 1 to 1:50; We from 4 to 4:50; Th from 11 to 11:50;
other times /days available by appointment.
Adjunct
instructor: Carolyn Jones
Office:
Math 513 Phone: 6211771 email: cjones@math.arizona.edu
Office
Hours: We from 12 to 12:50; Fr from 1 to 1:50.
Course
Description:
This
is the first in a series of courses in teaching and learning
mathematics
for the new Secondary Education Program in the Department of
Mathematics.
This course is designed for students who are exploring the possibility
of becoming a mathematics teacher at the secondary level, as well as
for
those who have already made the decision to become a mathematics
teacher.
This
course will provide an introduction to secondary school mathematics
teaching
and will address (1) an overview of current approaches and issues in
the
teaching of mathematics including an international perspective; (2) the
use of technology in the teaching of mathematics; (3) equity issues in
the teaching and learning of mathematics. The emphasis will be on
teaching
for understanding and hands on learning. To this end, the course will
emphasize
a problemsolving approach and students will work on a variety of
problems
ranging over different topics that are relevant to the mathematics
content
in the secondary school. Furthermore, students will have many
opportunities
to experience and discuss actual issues related to the teaching of
mathematics
through (1) discussion of written cases that take place in secondary
classroom;
(2) viewing of video tapes that illustrate several aspects of
reformbased
mathematics; (3) focused classroom visits in local schools to see
currently
practicing middle and high school mathematics teachers in action.
Required
Texts:
Merseth,
K.K. (2003). Windows on teaching math: Cases of middle and secondary
classrooms.
New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
Secada,
W. (2000). Changing the faces of mathematics: Perspectives on
multiculturalism
and gender equity. Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of
Mathematics.
Reading
Packet for STCH 250 Section 2, available at Arizona Print/Copy, 1033 N.
Park Ave., Phone number: 8823995
Course
Requirements and Grading:
1)
Regular Homework Assignments (including, in some cases, inclass
presentations
of HW) (20%)
2)
Inclass participation (short inclass written assignments based on the
readings and class discussions / quiztype; inclass presentations)
(15%)
3)
Midterm Exam (format to be discussed in class) (10%)
4)
School Observation tasks (40%) – Described below
5)
Final Project: this will be your final exam. You can work with a
partner and you will be presenting your project in a poster format the
day of the final exam (Dec 17). The general idea will be to take
a topic from secondary school mathematics and explore it from an
instructional
point of view. Your project will have to illustrate how students
would be using technology to explore some of the mathematical ideas and
needs to be grounded on readings from journals in the field of teaching
mathematics (references for journals and webbased resources will be
given
in class). (15%)
School
Observation Tasks:
You
are required to complete 16 hours of classroom observation. Eight
of those hours will be at a middle school and the other eight will be
at
a high school. You will complete these classroom observations in
pairs to allow for interaction (but we ask that you do not sit together
during the actual observation) (If your schedule is such that working
in
pairs is not feasible, we will of course accommodate and allow you to
do
the observations individually.) We will assign you a school / teacher
but
you will be responsible for transportation to and from the school sites
(we will help you out with some of the logistics involved). More
specifics
on logistics, professional attire, etc, will be discussed in class.
Notice
that the syllabus has some days in which regular class will not be held
to help you out with the inschool observation part of this
course.
You will need to spend additional time, however, outside of those “no
class
/ observation” days in order to complete the observations. During the
semester,
you will have a series of Classroom Observation Tasks that you will be
turning in for a grade. Details on these will be given in
class.
You will be keeping a journal for your classroom observations.
Some
of the entries will be specific observation tasks, while others will be
more open ended. We strongly suggest that you keep this journal
as
you move through the several courses in your teaching degree,
particularly
the courses that have field experiences associated (e.g., STCH 310;
Math
406 A and B; Student Teaching).
Class
Attendance:
Your
attendance to class is expected. Attendance will be taken daily
and
excessive absences (over 3) can cause your grade to be lowered or cause
you to be dropped from the course. There will be no makeup for
anything
that you may have missed by not coming to class (e.g., short inclass
written
assignments, quiztype exercises)
Withdrawal
from the course:
A
student may withdraw from the course without a grade (class will not
appear
on transcript) through Friday September 19, 2003. A student may
withdraw
from the course with a grade of W through Friday October 17, 2003.
HW
policy:
Homework
is due at the beginning of class the day it is due. You are
responsible
for putting it in a space that we will agree on in class. In
general,
no Late Homework will be accepted, and in the event that I do accept
late
homework, keep in mind that some points may be deducted for being late.
HW should be clearly and neatly written. Use standard sheets (8
1/2
by 11), not torn out of spiral notebooks. Leave space between
problems
/ questions.
About
the Final Exam:
The
final exam is scheduled for THURSDAY DECEMBER 18 FROM 8 TO 10 AM.
EVERY STUDENT IS EXPECTED TO TAKE THE FINAL EXAM ON THAT DAY AND
TIME.
ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS.
Week of 
Topic 

August 25 
Becoming
a Mathematics Teacher 
Thinking
about being a mathematics teacher (RP) 
September 1 
Getting ready
for Observations Video Case Becoming a
Mathematics Teacher / Beliefs about mathematics and teaching and
learning (SEPTEMBER 1: LABOR DAY) 

September 8 
Using
technology in teaching mathematics – Geometer’s Sketchpad Class meets in Math 102 – Sept 9 Equity in Mathematics Education


September 15 
Content
specific cases (prealgebra/algebra) Observation
– No class Sept 18 
Merseth, Case
1 
September 22 
Observation
– No Class Sept 23 International
Comparisons TIMSS 

September 29 
Geometer’s
Sketchpad – Math 102 Sept 30 

October 6 
Teaching
as a cultural activity 
Stigler &
Hiebert (chpt. 6) (RP) 
October 13 
MIDTERM
EXAM (Oct. 14) Observation
– No class Oct 16 

October 20 
Library  Oct 23 

October 27 
Excel or
GSketchpad  Math 102  Oct 28 Content
specific cases (algebra) 

November 3 
Observation
 No class Nov. 4 Technology /
equity 
Chapter 3 in Secada 
November 10 
NOVEMBER 11:
VETERANS DAY Content specific cases (Geometry) 
Merseth, Case
3 or 4 (TBA) 
November 17 
Teaching
mathematics to diverse learners 
Chapters 9
and 13 in Secada 
November 24 
Graphing
Calculators / CBRS in Teaching Mathematics 

December 1 
Content
specific cases (TBA) 
TBA 
December 8 
Using
Technology in teaching Mathematics (TBA) CLASSES
END DECEMBER 10 

The Final Exam will be on Thursday December 18, from 8 to 10 am, in Math East 141 (regular classroom)
Key for readings:
Merseth > Merseth, K.K.
(2003). Windows on teaching math: Cases of middle and secondary
classrooms.
New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
Secada > Secada, W. (2000). Changing the faces of mathematics: Perspectives on multiculturalism and gender equity. Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
RP > Reading Packet for STCH 250 Section 2, available at Arizona Print/Copy, 1033 N. Park Ave., Phone number: 8823995
Email: Marta Civil
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