**BeckmannÕs section of EMAT 9700 **

**Observing Mathematics Content Courses for **

**Prospective Elementary or Middle Grades Teachers**

**At the University of Georgia **

**Instructor**: Sybilla Beckmann,
Department of Mathematics, University of Georgia.
Email: sybilla@math.uga.edu

**Course goals :** The goal of this course
is to help prepare you for the eventual teaching of a course similar to the one
you are observing and to help you think about the mathematical preparation of
teachers in general.

**Who should take
this course :** This course is intended
for mathematics and mathematics education graduate students who would like to
become prepared to teach mathematics content courses for prospective elementary
and middle grades teachers. Math graduate students in the VIGRE MEFT (Mathematicians
Educating Future Teachers) program take this course in their first semester of
MEFT. Math graduate students may use this course towards obtaining the Certificate
in Mathematics Education through the Department of Mathematics and Science
Education.

**Course
description and requirements for Spring 2013**:

1)
Attend all the class meetings of one of the following two courses:** **

- MATH 2001, geometry for elementary teachers (PreK – grade 5), MWF 9:05 – 9:55 am, room
116 Aderhold Hall

- MATH 2003, arithmetic for elementary teachers (PreK – grade 5), MWF 11:15 am – 12:05 pm,
room 323 Boyd

You may skip
hour-test days; see below for the assignment during test days. There are no
additional meetings for this section of EMAT 9700.

If you can
borrow or buy a copy of the text used in these courses, this will help you
follow the course, but the textbook is not required.

Please let me
know which course you are observing and email me your UGA myID
(this is the name that goes before @uga.edu, not your 810 number!) so that I
can enroll you as an auditor for that course on eLC.
Then take an occasional look at the eLC page and the
webpage for the course you are observing to see the course assignments and to
find other relevant links.

2)
Keep a course notebook (electronic or paper) describing what was covered in the
course and including any details and comments that might be useful if you teach
the course you are observing (or a similar course) at some point in the future.
(In the past I have asked for these postings to be put on eLC,
but that has started to seem cumbersome and perhaps not as useful as your own
notebook that is organized the way you like it.)

3)
On E-Learning Commons, post weekly a discussion item for all students in EMAT
9700 who are observing the same course to read and respond to if they wish. To
post these weekly discussion items, look in e-Learning Commons for the folder
for the course you are observing or look for ÒDiscussionsÓ and then look for
the threaded discussion for that course (ÒDiscussions about MATH 2001Ó or
ÒDiscussions about MATH 2003Ó).

What should you
write about in your weekly postings? Comment on anything that captures your
interest or that stands out to you or anything that youÕd like to hear your
classmateÕs views on. I encourage you to write freely, informally, and off the
cuff -- your thoughts don't have to be fully formed; use writing as a way to
help you (and others) think. Observe the course with an eye toward teaching
such a course in the future. Consider a variety of aspects of the course such
as the nature of discussions and interactions in class and the mathematical
learning opportunities that the class activities and homework problems provide.
Think about the course content – was the way it was treated familiar to
you or not? How is it related to the mathematics the prospective teachers will
eventually teach? Take a look at state and national mathematics standards for
school children (see the website of the course you are observing for links).
Consider other ways the material, activities, or classroom discussions could be
handled.

4)
On E-Learning Commons, respond to at least one discussion item posting per
week.

5)
On test/quiz days read something from the reading
list and post a summary or comments on what you read in the discussions.

6)
Please introduce yourself to me and drop by my office or make an appointment
once or twice during the semester for a brief meeting. Be sure to let me know
if you would like to teach a similar course in the future.

7)
At least once during the semester EITHER visit a math class at an elementary or
middle school (Barrow Elementary School and Clarke Middle School are nearby) OR
view several videos of children working on math (I have some available) OR work
on math with an elementary or middle school child. Feel free to do more than
one of these options if you'd like to and have the time!