Teaching Mathematics for Understanding

Teaching Math for Understanding

Introduction The new Common Core Standards has influenced the need for teachers to learn effective teaching strategies that encourage the development of deep understanding within their adolescent students, specifically in the content area of mathematics. Teachers in the field of mathematics adolescent education will learn how to implement teaching strategies that further the development of deep understanding in their students. The students taking this course will be pre-service teachers or educators currently in the mathematical field. These students will have the experience of student teaching or have their own classes, having already had education intruction. Students taking this course will have a back ground knowledge of effective educational strategies, but will be taking this course to explore the concept of teaching for understanding to meet the Common Core Standards of New York State. This course will be broken up into units that will explore the process of developing a curriculum encouraging true understanding of mathematical concepts. The content of this course will include defining teaching for understanding, differentiating between "knowledge" and "understanding," exploring the basis of deep understanding, the importance of the Common Core Standards, and effective teaching strategies raising the intellectual level of mathematics students. The units will include activities such as, reviewing articles, sample activies, and reflection of the content.

Performance Objective Upon completion of this mini course, you will be able to...

  • descriminate between "knowledge" and "understanding"
  • identify and connect generative topics in the NYS Mathematics and Common Core Standards to teaching for understanding
  • Develop effective strategies to foster student deep understanding when presented with a classroom scenario
  • execute a complete lesson plan to demonstrate understanding of effective teaching strategies

Prerequisite Skills

Enabling

  • Participants will need:
    • Knowledge of classroom procedures
    • Understanding of students

Supportive

  • Participants will need:
    • Understanding of the NYS Mathematics and Common Core Standards
    • Knowledge in lesson design


Learning Units

Unit 1: What is Understanding?

Objectives

  • descriminate between "knowledge" and "understanding"

Unit 2: NYS Mathematics and Common Core Standards

Objectives

  • identify and connect generative topics in the NYS Mathematics and Common Core Standards to teaching for understanding

Unit 3: Teach for Understanding Math

Objectives

  • Develop effective strategies to foster student deep understanding when presented with a classroom scenario

Unit 4: Developing Lessons

Objectives

  • Execute a complete lesson plan to demonstrate understanding of effective teaching strategies


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