Responses to Writing Prompts: 15% of semester grade. On a regular basis,
students will be assigned articles to summarize and reflect upon in
relation to their experiences as a student and teacher of mathematics.
Reading assignments and corresponding reflections must be completed and
submitted electronically prior to class in order to avoid a late penalty.
Note: The purpose of these assignments is to gauge reading comprehension
and overall writing quality (e.g., sentence structure and fluency). There
are no drafts but students receive feedback on their writing (e.g.,
grammatical errors noted and corrected). Typically there are at least 8
such assignments but responses are generally limited to two to three
paragraphs each, although some student far exceed this target length.
Area Formula Connections Project: 15% of semester grade. This assignment
requires students to develop meaning for at least two area formulas
through the use of multiple representations (symbolic, pictorial, verbal)
and connections to other relevant formulae. Individual submissions will be
compiled, bound, and subsequently disseminated to members of our class.
Note: The purpose of this assignment is to develop technical writing
skills (i.e., proofs and mathematical argumentation). There is a peer
review component, and at least two or three drafts which require students
to make substantial revisions - typically, the quality of initial
submissions is poor. Depending on the proofs they select to write, length
can range from 3 to 7 pages single-spaced.
Written Mathematics Lesson Plan: 15% of semester grade. For this
assignment, you will write a lesson plan based on a textbook lesson. Your
lesson will address expectations of the Missouri Pre-Service Teacher
Assessment (MoPTA), and include customary elements (e.g., learning
objectives, assessment plan, relevant standards) as well as adaptations
for diverse learners. The target length is 3 to 6 pages single-spaced.
Critique and Revision of Khan Academy Video: 15% of semester grade.
Working with a partner, you will analyze one ³lesson² in the Khan Academy
video library and provide insightful critique. You will create an original
video that addresses the same content standards but addresses the deficits
of the original lesson. You will capture your lesson using technology
tools that will be shared with the class. The target length is 3 pages.
Analysis of Classroom Management Strategies: 10% of semester grade. This
assignment requires you to explore relationships between classroom
management, student motivation, and engagement, including strategies and
techniques for promoting student interest and mathematics learning. Target
length is 4 pages.
Analysis of Mathematics Exam: 15% of semester grade. For this paper, you
students analyze a published achievement test (e.g., end-of-chapter
textbook exam) in relation to existing frameworks: a) the Mathematics Task
Framework, b) Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, and c)
Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Additionally, they offer an
alternative, non-routine assessment item and justify how it embodies key
tenets of the Assessment Principle. Note: The purpose of this assignment
is to develop critical thinking skills as well as to refine writing
skills. There is a peer review component, and at least two drafts which
require students to make substantial revisions. Length ranges from 8 to 11
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