Math 647 Unit: Early Number and Operations concepts

Introduction: About this Class

Things to know about this course:

Content and schedule:

We will be looking at number and operations topics from Kindergarten through grade 5 or 6--We will start with a quick look at counting, and then really dig into finding out how children think about and come to understand addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Then we'll build up some of the basic ideas in our base 10 number system, and look at ways to add subtract, multiply and divide with multi-digit numbers (and ways to approach these when teaching) (Unit 2). In Unit 3, we'll look at those same ideas of numbers and operations with fractions. Finally, we'll finish with looking at decimals, percents and ratios (Unit 4). Usually I try to lead with an introduction to math standards, but I'm scrambling to put together something better addressing the Common Core math standards, so that will be at the end of unit 1 rather than at the beginning.

There is a lot of work, and a lot of assignments in this course. I'm providing tentative due dates for each of these assignments and units. These are not mandatory due dates, they are recommended due dates. You will learn more, and be less stressed if you spread this course out rather than trying to do it all very quickly. If you are devoted to the idea of doing it quickly, make sure that you allow yourself a minimum of 1 week per unit. I will not be deducting points for late work. Summer session officially ends Aug 25, and all work must be completed and submitted by that date. 


Tests and grades:

There will be a test at the end of each of the 4 units. After you have completed all of the assignments for a unit, you will request the exam for that unit.  At that point, you will have a 48-hour window to complete the exam. You will not be taking a comprehensive final exam for this class (summer 2012)

Assignments and quizzes contribute 20% of your final grade
Tests contribute 80% of your final grade

My default grading scheme is:

A- is 90-92%
A is 93-100%

B- is 80-82%
B is 83-87%
B+ is 88-89%
C- is  70-72%
C is 73-77%
C+ is 78-79%
F is below 60%
D is 60-67%
D+ is 68-69%

I decide at the end whether percentage grades that are, for example, between 92 and 93% are assigned to A- or A.  I usually look at the tests and similar assessments to help me make that decision.  I also (very occasionally) will raise all or some of the grades if I feel that the work you have done shows a greater understanding of the subject than the percentage reflects, but I don't do the opposite: if your percent puts you at a particular grade, you may be sure that I will not lower your grade, even if you did say something clueless on the last test.

Technology tools

I'm going to embed these into the to-do's for the first several weeks as we go along, but here's the overview:

More tech notes, and some useful links can be found here

If you have any other questions you would like to have answered in this document, send them my way.