Math 1190 Fundamentals of
Fall Semester 2014,
Course Instructor: Professor Solomon
This course meets in Campion Hall, Room 302, MWF 10 a.m. Attendance at all classes is required.
Reading and Homework Assignments
Special Project Assignment
(includes information on office hours and extra help)
Course description for Math 1190 (from the Mathematics Department web site):
Math 1190-1191 is a course sequence designed for those who plan to teach mathematics in grades K-8. The emphasis is on building conceptual understanding of the mathematics present in the emerging K-8 curriculum and on deepening content knowledge. Number and number systems through the real number system will be studied; functions and the structure of algebra will be developed. Problem solving and reasoning, applications, and making connections will be featured.
We will focus on mathematics
at the elementary school level. Our goal will be to
develop the pedagogical content knowledge necessary to succeed
in teaching mathematics in elementary school. We will also
learn how to present this material so that it is good
preparation for the topics that come in later grades.
Unfortunately, many teachers find that students in higher grades
have not mastered this material; even BC students who have gone
off to teach in high school have reported it as extremely useful
to them. This course will focus on numbers and arithmetic.
Please note that pedagogical content knowledge related to
geometry is also necessary to be well-prepared to teach.
This is covered in MT1191, and students are strongly advised to
include that class in their schedules for the Spring 2015
Textbooks: There are two required textbooks for this
1. Mathematics for Elementary Teachers With Activities
(Fourth Edition) by Sybilla Beckmann
2. Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics by Liping Ma. The Anniversary Edition is in the bookstore, but a prior edition will also be fine.
Examination Dates: Please note that full information about the grading policy for this course may be found in the syllabus (see link above).
Hour Exam Dates (tentative): Monday, October 6 and Monday, November 10.
The Final Examination
for Math 1190, Section 01
is on Monday, December 15, 2014
at 9:00 a.m.
Important: The date and time of the final examination is fixed by the Registrar and may not be changed.
1. The key development in mathematics education of the
last few years has been the adoption of the Common Core
Mathematics Standards by most of the United
States. (You can also find an L.A. Times op-ed I wrote
about this here.)
requirement for elementary certification in Massachusetts is
passing the Mathematics Subtest. Here is a practice
Here is the Massachusettts Department of Elementary and
Secondary Education's Guidelines
for the Mathematical Preparation of Elementary Teachers.