Crazy as it may seem, I feel that the university jobs give me a little equilibrium that I struggle to find when overly focussed on adolescents in a private school setting
The first university course is called: Concepts in Geometry, measurement and probability. It is geared towards teachers getting their supplementary credential, but lots of students take it to satisfy their final math requirement for a liberal studies major. I have taught this course many times over 9 years and rather enjoy it. I have been following a syllabus and course work given to me many years ago by my university mentors, but I am not so beholden to all the materials anymore. This course is offered through the Math department, though, which is a more conservative, traditional environment than the education department (where these courses were developed).
The second university course I will be teaching is a basic elementary math course for the teacher credentialing program. I am very excited by this course. First, I get to fully develop it, following certain loose guidelines. I substituted for this class last semester and found it very fulfilling to bring my years of experience and ideas to a whole new group of teachers (or soon to be teachers). I am also excited to be affiliated with the education department, where I feel my real vocation to be. I would love to see how I could parlay this connection into some sort of teaching position and student teacher supervision.
But I digress. The course starts in two weeks. It meets once a week for three hours. This is the structure I am planning to use:
Math Warm Up
The guiding question for the semester will be:
How do we act and behave like mathematicians?
Class #1 January 25: History of Math and Math Education
Picture representing our feelings about math class
History of Math
Story of ONE
one anecdote from video you want to remember
Class #2 February 3: What is mathematics and why do we study them?
Class #3 February 10: Place value
Class #4 February 17: Addition
Class #5 February 24: Subtraction
Class #6 March 3: Multiplication
Class #7 March 10: Multiplication/Memorization:
Class #8 March 17: Division
Class #9 March 24: Fractions
Class #10 April 14: Decimals and percents
Class #11 April 21: Basic Geometry: area, perimeter, angles, polygons
Class #12 April 28: Statistics and Probability
Class # 13 May 5: Measurement
-units of measurement
-perimeter vs area
May 12 Final Exam
What do you think? What should I change?