STEM

THE MATH IN OUR LIVES

Course No. MA400r, MA500r

This course meets OSPI's STEM requirements

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.

 

We advise you to review and download the course syllabus before registering. Syllabus
  • 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.

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