Mathematics 121

MATH 121
Math Content for Teachers I

1. Catalog Entry

MATH 121
Math Content for Teachers I

Credit hours (3)

Covers a variety of topics in number systems, operations, proportional reasoning, and basic
number theory. The content of this course adheres to the NCTM Standards and the Virginia Standards of Learning where they can appropriately be applied.
The purpose of this course is to combine the pedagogy and mathematics needed to appropriately teach elementary and middle school mathematics. This course will not satisfy requirements for a major in mathematics.

This course has been approved for credit in the Mathematical Sciences Area of the Core Curriculum.

2. Detailed Description of Course

The following topics will be covered in Math 121:
    1) Whole number arithmetic
    2) Integer arithmetic
    3) Rational number arithmetic
    4) Rational number representations/Meaning
    5) Decimal system and bases
    6) Proportionality
    7) Percents
    8) Factors, primes, divisibility
    9) Ratio and proportion
    10)GCD, LCM
    11)Problem solving and applications in numerical topics
    12)Mathematical reasoning
    13)Evaluating mathematical thinking
    14)Using the language of mathematics
    15)Making connections among math topics
    16)Use of technology where appropriate

3. Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

This course will be conducted as an exemplar of the teaching methods we wish the students to acquire.  These may include, but are not limited to, group learning activities, discovery-based learning activities, mathematical modeling activities with the use of physical and/or virtual manipulatives, and opportunities to discuss mathematical concepts in large and small group settings.

4. Goals and Objectives of the Course

This course implements the Virginia standards and the NCTM standards for mathematics education. The primary goal is to prepare students for effective classroom teaching in the elementary and middle school grades.
    1) Students will acquire a deep and multi­ faceted understanding of the mathematical topics presented, and
    2) Students will be able to communicate the mathematical ideas involved clearly.
    3) Students will examine and implement problem solving techniques appropriate to the primary grades

Per Goal 5 of Radford University, students will be able to use the tools of mathematics and quantitative reasoning to conceptualize and solve problems. Students will able to:
    1) Interpret relationships among numeric, symbolic, and graphical information as applied to the real world
    2) Solve problems using numeric, symbolic, and graphical information

5. Assessment Measures

Assessments may include individual or group projects and/or presentations, writing assignments, self or peer assessments , class participation, homework assignments, quizzes, and/or tests.

6. Other Course Information

None

Review and Approval

July 2010

September 2, 2014

June 20, 2015