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Math 490 Math Teaching Methods

Winter 2013 HIN 333 MW 11:30am 12:30pm

Instructor: Brother Paul Johanson
Office: Ricks 232Y
Phone: 496-7538 (office), 201-4631 (cell)
Office Hours: MWF 2-3pm & other times by appointment
Description: Math 490 must be taken the semester before student teaching. This course is
designed to help pre-service secondary mathematics teachers apply research-based teaching
strategies that lead students to discover, create, appreciate, and utilize mathematics. Students
will have many opportunities to teach, prepare lesson plans, learn how to organize and manage
classrooms, and connect these activities to state and professional standards for secondary
mathematics teachers. Students will also practice using the principles of the BYU-Idaho Learning
Model in their own teaching.

Prerequisites: Math 350 or 302 and Math 440. You should be planning to student teach
next semester. Any exceptions must be cleared by the instructor or head of the math
Textbook: Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (2000) from the National
Council of Teachers of Mathematics. (I will discuss possible ways to get your own copy
of PSSM.)
Learning Process: Students will learn by teaching each other. We will strive to follow
the principles of the BYU-Idaho Learning Model. The Holy Ghost will teach students as
they act in faith. Hence, students will be expected to prepare to teach each other during
each class period.
-Become intimately acquainted with the national professional standards and
explore ways that the standards can be integrated into teaching mathematics.
-Create lesson plans, teach lessons, reflect on the teaching, and modify the plans.
-Intelligently discuss the results of recent research in the teaching and learning of
-Practice the principle of the BYU-Idaho Learning Model.
-Experience the principles of peer-to-peer instruction.
-Collect resources for teaching and learning mathematics.
Course Requirements: Each of the following items must be complete by the student
and placed in an online portfolio for instructor approval.
1. Learning Journal: write four essays on the following questions.
a. What do I hope to learn from this course?
b. What did I learn about myself as a teacher from the Jr. High experience?
c. What did I learn from the NCTM principles and standards?
d. How will I use what I learned in this course in my teaching?
2. Reading Summaries
a. Write a brief summary of the BYU-Idaho Learning Model
b. Write a brief summary about technology use in the classroom
c. Write a brief summary of the 6 NCTM Principles of School Mathematics

d. Write a brief summary of the 10 NCTM Standards of School Mathematics

e. Write a brief summary of the Peer-to-Peer Instruction
f. Write a brief summary of the NCTM Focal Points
g. Write a brief summary of 2 topics of your choice
3. Jr. High Teaching Experience
a. Guest Teach 2 lessons in a typical Math Class
b. For each lesson complete the following:
i. write a lesson plan
ii. create an assessment and indicate what it measures
iii. write a reflection for your teaching experience
iv. connect your lesson plans to the NCTM Principles & Standards
c. Analyze 2 Frontiers lessons using the NCTM Principles & Standards
4. Classroom Management
a. Align 3 lessons to the Common Core Standards.
b. Discuss how you can use the principles of the BYU-Idaho Learning Model in 3
c. Write a reflection for how you plan to handle classroom management.
5. Teaching Ideas & Resources: create a short description of four teaching ideas or
resources you discover and plan to use in your teaching.
6. Create a Bulletin Board or Display
a. Complete a math related display that is appropriate for a secondary classroom.
b. Provide electronic description and documents for your display.
c. Provide digital photos of your display.
Grading: Your grade in this course will be assigned based on the percentage earned
from course requirements.
Grading scale:
A: 93%,
B+: 87%,
A-: 90%,
B: 83%,
B-: 80%,

C+: 77%,
C: 73%,
C-: 70%,

F: below 70%

Disclaimer: This syllabus and the class schedule may be altered at the discretion of the
instructor at any time and any changes will be reviewed in class.
BYU-I is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates qualified
persons with disabilities. If you have any disability which may impair your ability to complete this course
successfully, please contact the Services for Students with Disabilities Office, 496-1158. Reasonable academic
accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated
with the student and instructor by this office. If you need assistance or if you feel you have been unlawfully
discriminated against on the basis of disability, you may seek resolution through established grievance policy and
procedures. You should contact the Personnel Office at 496-1130.
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educational program of activity that receives federal funds, including Federal loans and grants. Title IX also covers
student-to-student sexual harassment. If you encounter unlawful sexual harassment or gender based
discrimination, please contact the Personnel Office at 496-1130.