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

Problem Solving

Main Activity

Math Game

Reflection

Homework

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

Introductions

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

-linear, area

-perimeter vs area

-volume

**May 12 Final Exam**

What do you think? What should I change?

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