Mathematics for Teachers in Diverse and Inclusive Educational Settings: A Focus on the Upper-Elementary and Middle School Years

EDUC 541
In this course, students examine ways to take 9- to 13-year-old children from using concrete materials to the abstract thinking necessary for higher forms of math. Using the perspective of developmental theory and recent research in the area of brain development, students gain new understanding of learning strategies and specific techniques to balance a middle-years math program among manipulative material (including the calculator and the computer), conceptual thinking, and basic skills. Students explore the range of alternative strategies used by children (including the learning disabled) that reflect differing learning styles and compensation for learning disabilities. Formal and informal diagnostic tools are reviewed and classroom management techniques for grouping and individualizing to meet the need of the mainstreamed children are discussed.