Issues and Problems in Teaching Primary Mathematics PK-3

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Issues and Problems in Teaching Primary Mathematics PK-3

Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Sara Turansky
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Issues and problems related to current reform in teaching early childhood/primary mathematics, including planning curriculum, assessing student learning, managing instruction and providing for individual needs. This course may be used as an elective in the MS Education Professional Development Concentration degree program or taken as a single course for professional development.


Schwartz, Sidney L. (2008). Teaching Young Children Mathematics. Rowman & Littlefield Education. ISBN: 978-1578867011

This book is available used or new from online book stores such as

Additional recommended articles will be available via the course website or via the university's distance learning library web-based databases.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze research-based practices for improving mathematics instruction. (WI DPI  1)

  2. Design effective standards-based classroom activities for K-3 students and reflect on student outcomes. (WI DPI 1)

  3. Develop varied formative assessment practices and assess mastery of the same essential math concepts in different ways. (WI DPI 8)

  4. Apply instructional strategies and appropriate practices for analyzing student work and modify lessons based on assessment information.  (WI DPI 7)

  5. Apply instructional strategies to promote mathematics learning among students of a wide range of academic diversity including ESL and special needs students. (WI DPI 3)
  6. Differentiate math instruction based on students' learning styles, interests, and readiness levels. (WI DPI 3)

  7. Modify lessons based on the synthesis of the relationship between problem solving and communication.  (WI DPI  7)

  8. Understand the impact of aligning math classroom environments with real world environments by infusing problem-solving strategies. (WI DPI 1, 7)

  9. Apply technology tools in classroom instruction to connect math activities to everyday experiences and the real world. (WI DPI 7)

Alignment with Teaching Standards

Course objectives are aligned with the following:

Wisconsin Teaching Standards
(WI DPI) 1, 3, 7, 8

Wisconsin Standards for Administrator Development and Licensure
(WI DPI) 3

No travel to campus required

Because this class is online and open to you 24/7, you may participate from your home or work computer during hours that are flexible and convenient for your work and family schedule and responsibilities.

The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component. All discussion postings, projects and assignments will be submitted via the course discussion board and dropbox. Activities are conducted according to a schedule with specific due dates each week; there are no required "live" chat sessions.


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The School of Education reserves the right to cancel classes that do not meet minimum enrollment requirements.


The School of Education at University of Wisconsin-Stout is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 2010 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036; phone (202) 466-7496.

UW-Stout School of Education's undergraduate and graduate professional education programs including majors, minors, and concentrations are accredited by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

University of Wisconsin-Stout is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges & Schools (NCA) located at 30 LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602. Phone: 312-263-0456 or 800/621-7440 fax #312/263-7462.

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