COURSE TITLE:

THE MATH IN OUR LIVES

NO. OF CREDITS:

6 QUARTER CREDITS
[semester equivalent = 4.00 credits]

WA CLOCK HRS:  
OREGON PDUs:
60
60

INSTRUCTOR:

Patricia Dickenson
thewiredprofessor@gmail.com

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

When mathematics is taught with real-world lessons, students not only experience math in practice, but develop the skills, strategies and conceptual understanding which promotes transfer to long-term memory. This approach to designing math instruction averts the typical question “Why do I need to learn this.” The challenge for teachers is where and how to integrate real-world lessons into core curriculum. This course for K-8 teachers focuses on 3 pedagogical practices: Problem-based learning, Project-based learning, and Inquiry around five foundational skills for mathematics: Fractions & Decimals, Problem Solving, Whole Number Operations, and Place Value & Numbers. You will learn how you can reinforce, introduce and assess these key concepts through real-world math. Research suggests a strong foundation in these areas are the key for algebra success and to prepare students for higher-level math. You will learn how to create tasks that are rooted in a real-life connection to these concepts to introduce, develop and master skills. This approach to designing instruction will help your students remember what you taught and why it is of value, and develop a love of mathematics by rooting instruction in their lives. A course for K-8 teachers looking to move their mathematics practice into a student centered approach with real-world application.

This course will use the book The Classroom Chef: Sharpen Your Lessons, Season Your Classes, Make Math Meaningful by John Stevens & Matt Vaudrey. The cost of the book is approximately $18.00 on Amazon. 

There is also a $5.00 materials fee payable to instructor after registration for activity pack with classroom lesson plan examples and templates for use in Google Slides and Google Docs.

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, participants will have:

  • Gained knowledge of the pedagogical approaches to integrate real-world math into units of study in K-8 mathematics.
  • Developed an understanding of application of real world mathematics and how to motivate and engage students throughout tasks.
  • Developed the ability to plan, teach and assess real-life lessons into a unit of study.
  • Learned how to integrate technology into a variety of pedagogical mathematics practices.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:
Completion of all specified assignments is required for issuance of hours or credit. The Heritage Institute does not award partial credit.


HOURS EARNED:
Completing the basic assignments (Section A. Information Acquisition) for this course automatically earns participant’s their choice of CEUs (Continuing Education Units), or Washington State Clock Hours or Oregon PDUs. The Heritage Institute offers CEUs and is an approved provider of Washington State Clock Hours and Oregon PDUs.




 

UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT INFORMATION

REQUIREMENTS FOR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
Continuing Education Quarter credits are awarded by Antioch University Seattle (AUS). AUS requires 75% or better for credit at the 400 level and 85% or better to issue credit at the 500 level. These criteria refer both to the amount and quality of work submitted.

  1. Completion of Information Acquisition assignments 30%
  2. Completion of Learning Application assignments 40%
  3. Completion of Integration Paper assignment 30%



 

CREDIT/NO CREDIT (No Letter Grades or Numeric Equivalents on Transcripts)
Antioch University Seattle (AUS) Continuing Education Quarter credit is offered on a Credit/No Credit basis; neither letter grades nor numeric equivalents are on a transcript. 400 level credit is equal to a "C" or better, 500 level credit is equal to a "B" or better. This information is on the back of the transcript.

AUS Continuing Education quarter credits may or may not be accepted into degree programs. Prior to registering determine with your district personnel, department head or state education office the acceptability of these credits for your purpose.

ADDITIONAL COURSE INFORMATION

REQUIRED TEXT

The courses text, The Classroom Chef: Sharpen Your Lessons, Season Your Classes, Make Math Meaningful, by John Stevens and Matt Vaudrey (ISBN# 0988217686) is available from Amazon for approximately $18 used.

In this course you will also receive access to a Google Folder with examples of Real-world Math Projects in the K-8 grade span. Projects contain videos, presentation material, rubrics and criteria charts for student use

  • The Classroom Chef: Sharpen Your Lessons, Season Your Classes, Make Math Meaningful
    ISBN# 0988217686
    by John Stevens, Matt Vaudrey
    Dave Burgess Consulting, Incorporated

    Buy from Amazon

MATERIALS FEE

$5.00 materials fee payable to instructor after registration. This includes: an activity pack, classroom lesson plan examples, and templates for use in Google Slides and Google Docs.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR TEACHING THIS COURSE:

Dr. Patricia Dickenson is an Associate Professor of Teacher Education. She is the Program Lead for the Bachelors of Arts In Interdisciplinary Studies with the Preliminary Multiple and Single Subject Credential. She is also the Course Lead for several Courses at National University including: TED 350 Math and Science Methods, ITL 516 Elementary Math Methods, ITL 518 Elementary Science Methods, TED 300 Foundations in Education, TED 310 Educational Psychology. Her research area focuses on mathematics professional development and technology. She has worked in higher education for the past 8 years and was a mathematics coach and elementary school teacher for the Los Angeles Unified school district for over ten years. Dr. Dickenson has published two books and has over 12 book chapters and articles. She recently received the National Council of Teaching Mathematics Grant for Classroom research,

BIBLIOGRAPHY

THE MATH IN OUR LIVES

Stevens, J., & Vaudry M., (2016) The Classroom Chef: Sharpen your lessons, season your classes, make math meaningful, Dave Burgess Consulting Inc, 2016, paperback, 224 pages, ASIN: B01DX6X464.   In THE CLASSROOM CHEF, math teachers and instructional coaches John Stevens and Matt Vaudrey share their secret recipes, ingredients, and tips for serving up lessons that engage students and help them “get” math. You can use these ideas and methods as-is, or better yet, tweak them and create your own enticing educational meals. The message the authors share is that, with imagination and preparation, every teacher can be a Classroom Chef.

Real World Math Retrieved from: http://www.realworldmath.org/

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