Dec 08, 2023
MATH& 171 - Mathematics for Elementary Education I Credits: 5
Introduces problem-solving techniques, number theory, set theory, and numeration systems related to topics taught at the K-8 level. Recommended for prospective or practicing elementary and middle school teachers, paraeducators, parents, and others who help educate children in grades K-8.
Enrollment Requirement: MATH 096 or MATH 097 with a grade of 2.0 or higher; or appropriate math placement.
Satisfies Requirement: Natural Science and Quantitative Skills
Students who successfully complete this class will be able to:
- Apply problem solving models to number system concepts.
- Identify sources of mathematics standards and summarize major strands of NCTM or Washington state standards.
- Apply knowledge about features of our base ten number system to analyze other number systems and recognize common error patterns that arise when children are learning our number system.
- Describe the concept of a whole number as well as relationships between them (order, divisibility, factorization, and common factors/multiples).
- Use a variety of different algorithms and mental math for operations with whole numbers, integers and fractions.
- Use manipulatives to represent the operations with whole numbers, integers and fractions.
- Analyze common error patterns in students’ computations and demonstrate how alternative algorithms can reduce those errors.
- Recognize which quantitative or symbolic reasoning methods are appropriate for solving a given problem.
- Correctly implement the quantitative or symbolic reasoning methods that are appropriate for solving a given problem.
- Translate data into various formats such as symbolic language, equations, graphs, and formulas.
- Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning - Quantitative Reasoning encompasses abilities necessary for a student to become literate in today’s technological world. Quantitative reasoning begins with basic skills and extends to problem solving.
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