EMAT 3400:  Children’s Mathematical Learning

Professor John Olive
Fall, 2002


Description
Goals
Requirements
Grading
Course Outline


Class Period
:  8:00 - 9:55 a.m. Monday and Wednesday

 

Class Location:   Aderhold Hall, Room 102

 

Instructor:
Dr. John Olive  
Assistant:  
Jeong-lim Chae   

Professor  


Office:
105 F Aderhold Hall 

105 C Aderhold Hall 
Phone:
542-4557 (546-6071 H)

542-4194
email:
jolive@coe.uga.edu

jchae@arches.uga.edu


Office Hours
:  Will be arranged around students’ class schedules or by appointment.

 

Textbook:    Elementary and Middle School Mathematics:   Teaching Developmentally (4th Ed.) (Click on title to go to web page for the text.)

                    John A. Van de Walle

                   New York:  Addison Wesley Longman, Inc.

 

Description:  This course is a field-based course in which you will have the opportunity to work with children at Barrow Elementary school for ten weeks.  You will be required to work in pairs with two children once a week outside of the classroom in a two-on-two situation.  The first five weeks you will be working with children from grade 2 and the second five weeks with children from grade 4.   The texts and readings have been chosen to provide you with a practical theory of how children can learn mathematics intelligently.   The class periods at UGA will be used to help you build your own practical theory through discussions of the readings, video examples of a theory in practice, computer explorations, development of activities to use with the children during your field experience, and reflections on your work with those children.

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Course Goals: •  Learn to communicate mathematically with children.

 

                          Develop an understanding of children’s mathematical thinking through interaction with children, with other students in the course, and with the instructor.

 

                          Construct a theoretical basis for the intelligent learning of mathematics through the readings and activities in the course, and apply this theory to your work with children during your field experience.

 

                          Develop proficiency in using both physical and technological manipulatives and tools for interactive mathematical activity with children.

 

                          Develop awareness of and responsibility for your own professional growth through reflection on your work in this course.

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Requirements:

  Complete all required readings before their respective class periods.

 

  Complete all homework activities before the next class period.

 

  Attend all classes (see attendance policy below).

 

  Prepare at least ten activities for work with children during your field experience.

 

  Work with children at Barrow Elementary School once a week for ten weeks.

 

  After working with a pair of children, complete and turn in an activity report on your work with the children before the end of that school day.

 

  Keep a weekly journal in which you reflect on your work with children, the readings and the classroom discussions and activities.

 

  Complete two profiles of the children with whom you work (one on a 2nd grade child and one on a 4th grade child) following each of the two 5-week field experiences.

 

  Complete a “midterm” exam based on readings and activities covered so far.

 

              Complete a final “Reflection” paper based on all of your experiences in the course.

                   

Please use a word-processor for your written assignments whenever possible.  The activity reports may be hand written, but please use a black pen (NOT pencil) as these will be copied and given to the child’s classroom teacher.   As college seniors, you are expected to demonstrate correct use of the English language with regard to grammar, punctuation and spelling. Use the spell-checker on your word-processor.   Please proof-read your work before handing it in.   You may turn in electronic versions of your papers via email or file transfer to Dr. Olive’s computer.   I shall acknowledge all work received via email.

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Grading: 

  Field-based work (including prepared activities, sessions with children, activity reports and written profiles of children)
50%
  Course work (including readings, discussions, assignments, computer activities & portfolios)
  20%
  Midterm Exam      Monday, October 14.   
10%
  Final Reflection Paper       Due Final Exam Period (December 12)
20%

                                                     

You will be required to keep your assignments and activities in a portfolio.   I suggest a loose-leaf notebook so that you can add to and revise your activities.  As you collect materials from this class and other sources, it should be placed in your portfolio for later use in this class, classes following this one, and your teaching career.  The portfolio will count towards your grade.

            A mathematical knowledge assessment will be given at the beginning and at the end of the course.  This will NOT count towards your grade.   It will be used for planning and evaluation.

 

Attendance Policy:   Attendance at all class sessions and at Barrow Elementary school is necessary.  Class sessions will be spent on group discussions and activities.   The ideas and concepts to be explored cannot easily be transmitted via class notes.  You are responsible for all announcements made in class, even if you are not there!   Each unexcused absence will result in a 5% reduction in your course grade.   An excused absence is one in which you have a note signed by a doctor or nurse on health service stationery, with the dates you need to be out of class for health reasons.   A family emergency will also be considered an excused absence when verified by a note from a family member.   For other excuses, written requests for credit will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Absences due to work schedules, clubs, weddings, athletics, etc. will typically not be excused.   If you are absent it is your responsibility to provide me with the health service note or other written documentation.

 

If at any time you are unclear about what is expected of you, please make an appointment to speak with Dr. Olive.  

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EMAT 3400, Dr. John Olive, Fall 2002:   Course Outline

 

This outline is a preliminary schedule of possible activities for this course.  The amount of time spent on each topic could change.   Additional activities could be added as deemed necessary.

 

Week 1 (8/19 & 21):  Introduction to the course. Assessment of Arithmetical Concepts and Operations.   Personal reflections about mathematics.   NCTM Principals and Standards for School Mathematics . Activities and assignments from Chapter 1, Chapter 6 and Appendix A of your text (focus on Pre-K-2).
Homework Assignment # 1

 

Week 2 (8/26 & 28):  Exploring what it means to do mathematics.  Readings from Constance Kamii and John Olive on development of Number.  Reading from Mathematics in the Primary School by Richard R. Skemp on Relational and Instrumental Understanding.   Activities and assignments from Chapter 2 and Chapter 7 of your text.   Exploring technology resources for elementary mathematics.

 

Week 3 (9/4):  (Wednesday only) Mathematical Understanding and Technology.    Share activity from the Virtual Manipulatives web site.   Activities and assignments from Chapter 3 and Chapter 8 of your text.   Selection and/or development and evaluation of first activity for your portfolio.

 

Week 4 (9/9 & 11):  Problem Solving.   Activities from the SAIL resource materials.   Video examples. Activities and assignments from Chapter 4 and Chapter 9 of your text. 

**Wednesday: Visit to Barrow to meet the teachers and children with whom you will be working.

Selection and/or development and evaluation of second activity for your portfolio.

 

Week 5 (9/16 & 18):  Focus on assessment.   Activities from the SAIL resource materials.   Video examples. Activities and assignments from Chapter 5 and Chapter 10 of your text. 

**Wednesday: First session with children at Barrow. Prepare and hand in an Activity Report. Revision of second activity based on your work with the children.

 

Week 6 (9/23 & 25):  Web resources for elementary mathematics learning.  Activities and assignments from Chapter 11 of your text.   Feedback on first session with children.   Development of next activity for work with your children.

**Wednesday: Second session with children at Barrow. Prepare and hand in an Activity Report. Revision of third activity based on your work with the children.

 

Week 7 (9/30 & 10/02): Activities from the SAIL resource materials.   Video examples. Activities and assignments from Chapter 22 of your text.  Feedback on second session with children.  Development of next activity for work with your children.

**Wednesday: Third session with children at Barrow. Prepare and hand in an Activity Report. Revision of fourth activity based on your work with the children.

 

Week 8 (10/7 & 09): Activities from the SAIL resource materials.   Video examples.  Activities and assignments from Chapter 23 of your text.   Feedback on third session with children.   Development of next activity for work with your children.

**Wednesday: Fourth session with children at Barrow. Prepare and hand in an Activity Report. Revision of fifth activity based on your work with the children.

 

Week 9 (10/14 & 16):  Midterm Exam.   Activities and assignments from Chapter 24 of your text.   Feedback on fourth session with children.   Development of next activity for work with your children.

**Wednesday: Fifth session with 2nd grade children at Barrow. Prepare and hand in an Activity Report.  Meet teachers and children from 4th grade in preparation for 10/30.

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Week 10 (10/21 & 23):  Reflecting on first field experience.  Discussion of your experiences.  Focus on what you have learned.  Begin writing Profile of your 2nd grade child. Activities and assignments from Chapter 12.  Introduction to JavaBars software. Development of first two activities for work with your 4th grade children.   NCTM Principles & Standards (Appendix A: focus on Content Standards for grades 3-5)

 

Week 11 (10/28 & 30):  Development of Fraction Concepts.  Work with JavaBars.  Video examples from Fractions Project.  Continue work on Profile. More activities and assignments from Chapter 12.   Continue work on activities for 4th grade.

**Wednesday: First session with 4th grade children. Prepare and hand in an Activity Report. Revision of second activity based on your work with the children.

 

Week 12 (11/04 & 06):  Explorations with Fractions.  Work with JavaBars.   Video examples from Fractions Project.   Profile of 2nd grade child due on Wednesday.   Activities and assignments from Chapter 13 of your text.

**Wednesday: Second session with 4th grade children. Prepare and hand in an Activity Report. Revision of third activity based on your work with the children.

 

Week 13 (11/11 & 13):  From fractions to decimals.  Work with JavaBars.   Work with Explorer Plus Calculator.   Activities and assignments from Chapter 14 of your text. Development of fifth activity for 4th grade.

**Wednesday: Third session with 4th grade children. Prepare and hand in an Activity Report. Revision of fourth activity based on your work with the children.

 

Week 14 (11/18 & 20): Explorations with Table Top Jr. Begin work on Final Reflection Paper.

**Wednesday: Fourth session with 4th grade children. Prepare and hand in an Activity Report. Revision of fifth activity based on your work with the children.

 

Week 15 (11/25 only): **Monday: Final session with 4th grade children. Prepare and hand in an Activity Report.   Start work on profile of 4th grade child.

 

Week 16 (12/02 & 12/04): Reflecting on second field experience.   Discussion of your experiences.   Focus on what you have learned.   Continue writing Profile of your 4th grade child. Explorations with Logo and Turtle Math. Read Appendix B:   Professional Teaching Standards. Post-test for Mathematical Knowledge Assessment.

 

Last Class (12/09): Looking Back and Looking Forward.   Reflections on your work in this course.   Discussion of what will be covered in the next course. Hand in 4th grade profiles. Examination of Portfolios.   Course evaluation. Final Reflection Paper due on Thursday, December 12.
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