EDUC 659 Methods of Teaching Middle School Math (gr. 6-8)

Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Alan Campbell
Summer: June 5 - July 28, 2017
Fall: October 16 - December 8, 2017

Tuition, Due Dates, and Registration

What You Will Learn

  1. Research-based practices to help students improve math achievement scores
  2. Practical ideas for motivating students to appreciate mathematics
  3. Strategies to show students how math applies to real-life situations
  4. Instructional technology and apps that will have a positive impact on learning

Who Should Enroll

  • Middle school math teachers (Grades 6-8)
  • Title I math teachers
  • Special education teachers
  • Math coaches
  • Mathematics resource teachers
  • Math interventionists

You may enroll in this course to meet your goals for

  • professional development
  • continuing education
  • license renewal
  • graduate credits
  • transfer to another university.

This is one of the required courses for individuals pursuing the Math Specialist Certificate.

This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program.

Course Description

Research, issues and problems related to current reform in teaching middle school mathematics. Planning curriculum, assessing student learning, managing instruction, and providing for individual needs.

This course includes investigation of ratio, proportion, percent, number theory, data analysis, patterns; and connections to algebra and geometry topics in the context of the middle school mathematics curriculum including survey of technologies and educational software to develop mathematical thinking.

You will learn advanced teaching strategies and math interventions to help students meet Common Core math standards, improve test scores, and provide for individual needs.

e-Textbook

An e-textbook will be provided when you login to the course. You may open the e-book to read online from your laptop or desktop. The e-textbook software is compatible with an iPad, Kindle Fire or fully internet-capable device. It is not compatible with a Kindle Reader.

Van de Walle, J., Karp, K., and Bay-Williams, J. (2012). Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally 8th Edition. Allyn and Bacon.

If you prefer to read a hard copy of the textbook, instead of reading via your computer or tablet, you may purchase the book from amazon.com or the publisher. Note the ISBN number and 8th edition.

 

If you need a copy of the syllabus for your district to approve enrollment in the class, email: Online Professional Development
Phone: 715-232-2693

How Our Online Courses Are Structured

No travel to campus required.

You may participate from your home or work computer during hours that are flexible and convenient.

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. This is not a self-paced class.

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Our Students Say...

"I have been a high school math teacher for my entire career and as a Math Intervention Specialist, I am now responsible for Tier 3 RTI for grades 7-12. While I know the mathematics, I have never taught grades 7-8. I needed to learn more about teaching middle school mathematics. The benefit to taking any of these courses is that it forces me to re-examine ideas and new teaching methods."
~ Dorothy Ball, New Hampshire



"I learned practical things I was able to put to immediate use in my classroom."



"The relevant readings, the websites and software I was introduced to will be so useful in enhancing my math class. Many times I found myself thinking of the topic in a way I hadn't before."



"I'm a new teacher, and I learned many useful ideas from teachers who have been in the profession for years. It was a nice mix of educators from elementary to high school. The overall online class environment was supportive and nurturing. 

"It was so rewarding to work with teachers from all over the world."



"It was helpful to share our projects with class members - we can adapt them for use in our classes (with permission, of course)."



"This class forced me to look at math in a better way than simply the drill and quiz method. I find it very enlightening and helpful!"



 

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School of Education
Email: Online Professional Development
University of Wisconsin - Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751
Phone: 715-232-2693

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