Methods and Materials for Teaching Mathematics in the Secondary School
Revised: August 2007
A survey of contemporary trends and issues in teaching mathematics at the secondary level. Methods, materials, curriculum, and other current practices are included.
1. To provide the prospective secondary school mathematics teacher with a survey of contemporary issues in teaching mathematics at the high school level.
2. To identify mathematics curricular goals, plan instruction to meet these goals, implement lesson presentation skills, and evaluate mathematics instruction.
Brumbaugh, et. al. Teaching Secondary School Mathematics, 3rd Edition. Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers, 2006.
Grading procedures and factors influencing course grade are left to the discretion of individual instructors, subject to general university policy.
Attendance policy is left to the discretion of individual instructors, subject to general university policy.
Planning, Goals and Objectives
Teaching functions and practices, planning, writing objectives, teacher performance appraisal instruments;
Secondary mathematics curriculum
Review of curriculum guidelines, analysis of secondary text materials, designing plans to address curriculum goals.
Delivery of instruction
Factors related to classroom environment, implementing instruction in a classroom setting - student motivation, teacher demonstration, questioning, and practice; cultural diversity, utilization of alternative instructional techniques; evaluation of instruction and student performance;
Mathematics education reform
Recent history of mathematics education, identification of issues related to curriculum reform, review and implementation of instruction related to contemporary standards;
Analyze and use materials such as kits, classroom models, audio-visual packages, calculators, computer software and hardware packages;
Demonstrate knowledge and skills related to such professional activities as classroom records, teacher licensure, parent conferences, and the school job setting.