All assignments

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

pages double-spaced.

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