MATH 5002

Geometry & Problem Solving

A course for prospective elementary school teachers

University of Georgia

Spring 2010


Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 11:15 am – 12:05 pm in room C114 of Life Sciences



Dr. Sybilla Beckmann, Professor of Mathematics

501 Boyd Graduate Studies Building


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Please contact me as soon as possible (by email or phone) if an illness or emergency prevents you from attending class.


Sybilla Beckmann’s office hours: Mondays 10 – 11 and Thursdays noon – 1 pm in room 501 Boyd Graduate Studies. You are always welcome to make an appointment to see me at other times or to e-mail me or call me with questions.


Writing Intensive Program (WIP) Teaching Assitant:

Laura Nunley 

427F Boyd Graduate Studies             


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Laura Nunley’s office hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 1:20 – 2:20 pm in 427F Boyd Graduate Studies.         

You are always welcome to make an appointment to see Laura at other times or to e-mail or call with questions.




Information about and policies of this section of MATH 5002

Assignments, test schedules, and announcements




The textbook's website with chapter by chapter links of interest

Websites on math standards:

The Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) in math can be found at the link:

The Frameworks accompanying the Georgia Performance Standards, as well as a link to “Questioning Ideas for the Classroom,” can be found at the link:

An interesting blog about the GPS: Elaboration of the Georgia Performance Standards: Mathematics

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Standards and Focal Points

Common Core State Standards Initiative

Websites of elementary school texts from high performing countries:

Textbooks used in Singapore: Primary Mathematics 1A, 1B (first grade) through 6A, 6B (sixth grade)

Translations of textbooks used in Japan: (Tokyo Shoseki’s Mathematics for Elementary School)

Other websites of interest:

Project INTERMATH, which focuses on building teachers' mathematical content knowledge through mathematical investigations that are supported by technology

Problems and tasks that Sybilla Beckmann wrote for her 6th graders during the 2004/2005 school year organized according to the grade 6 Georgia Performance Standards


The National Council on Teacher Quality report, No Common Denominator (June 2008), describes UGA’s program for preparing elementary teachers in math as exemplary and ranks Beckmann’s textbook first. See NCTQ publications page for links to the report.