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EDUC 331

Secondary Methods I: Math

Course Summary: Methods I course work is focused on identifying, evaluating, and gaining a deeper understanding of secondary mathematics curriculum. As part of Methods I, students will participate in several observational field experiences. Students are required to observe at least 10 hours of classroom instruction; they are not required to teach or interact with classroom students. During the field experience, students will be provided with guided observation forms that focus on mathematics content, teacher thinking/questioning, and student-teacher interactions. Each student will be assigned to two cooperating teachers (one during the first half and the other for the second half).

Expectations of students in field work: Students are expected to contact their cooperating teacher, by email or phone, at the beginning of each part of their field experience to work out availabilities. Professional dress and other dispositions are expected of students during each visit to a school. Students are expected to fill out at least one observation form for each school visit. Along with the observation forms, students will conduct a semi-structured interview with their first half cooperating teacher.

Expectations of Cooperating teachers with our students: Cooperating teachers are expected to introduce students to the school building, staff, and mathematics faculty whenever possible. Cooperating teachers should provide the students with a few minutes before and after observations for questions or discussion. Providing these students with an area at the back of the room, to limit distractions for the class, is an important component for an observational field experience. If available, cooperating teachers should provide students with curriculum materials used in the class (i.e. textbooks, handouts, lesson plans, and curriculum maps). Cooperating teachers are also expected to participate in a semi-structured interview regarding mathematics curriculum, student misconceptions, and teacher knowledge.

Field hours: 10 hours during the term; exact days and times are to be coordinated between cooperating teacher and pre-service teacher to find common/best times. Students in a middle school site will visit a high school site for the last three hours of their observation requirements, and vice versa.