Math 103A: General Course Outline
Course Description
103A103C. Observation and Participation: Mathematics Instruction.(Formerly Math 330.) Seminar, one hour; fieldwork (classroom observation and participation), two hours. Requisites: courses 31A, 31B, 32A, 33A, 33B. Course 103A is enforced requisite to 103B, which is enforced requisite to 103C. Observation, participation, or tutoring in mathematics classes at middle school and secondary levels. May be repeated for credit. P/NP (undergraduates) or S/U (graduates) grading.
General Information: The goal of this course is to expose prospective mathematics teachers to the field of secondary mathematics education. Among other things, students will observe classroom teachers, read mathematics education literature, do middle and high school level mathematics from an adult perspective, discuss mathematics education issues, and explore effective teaching strategies. Reflection and critical analysis, through written assignments and discussions, are key components of the course. Seminars for 103A and 103C meet seven times per quarter. Seminars for 103B meet six times per quarter and students attend the annual Curtis Center Conference. Active participation is expected.
Math 103A: General Course Outline


Assignments and Grading

Summary of Course Requirements

Weekly Topics (Emphasis on the Teacher in the Classroom)
Session 1: General Overview
Session 2: The Classroom Environment and Housekeeping
Session 3: Classroom Management
Session 4: Methods of Instruction
Session 5: Teacher Questioning; Wait Time
Session 6: (TeacherStudent Interaction)
Session 7: Teacher Content Knowledge and Final Reflection

Observation Protocol

Observation Reflection Guidelines

Reading Reflection and Critical Analysis Expectations

Problem of the Week WriteUp

MiniPortfolio Guidelines

CommentsOutline update: 4/08 
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