Math 1480001  Math for Elementary School Teachers  Spring 2012 
Class:  Dunn Hall 227, MWF 9:1010:05am  
Instructor:  Paul Balister  
Email:  pbalistr@memphis.edu  
Website:  http://www.msci.memphis.edu/~pbalistr/1480.html  
Office:  Dunn Hall 345, Tel: 6783138  
Office Hours:  MWF 10:1511:15am; Friday 1:30pm2:30pm (or by appointment)  
Textbooks: 
Elementary Mathematics for Teachers by Thomas H. Parker and Scott J. Baldridge. 

Course:  The goal of this course is to develop a deeper understanding of the mathematical concepts used at the elementary school level and to improve mathematical problem solving abilities and thinking skills. The format of class meetings will include lectures, explorations, and group assignments.  
Tutoring:  If you need help in the course, please do not hesitate to ask me.
I will be available during office hours and will gladly meet with you at other times,
if necessary. Also, I encourage you to discuss the material with your peers.
The department also offers a free, walkin, tutoring service: 

Grading: 
* The 3 lowest Homework/Group assigments/Quizzes or the lowest inclass exam will be dropped (whichever results in the better grade). Plus/minus grades will be used. The following table gives (an approximate) minimum score necessary for a given grade.
 
Assignments: 
Individual Homework  Your reasoning and explanations are the most important aspect of your homework assignments. Homework should be neat and handed in on time. Late homework will not be accepted. Group assignments  Sometimes in class I will give group assignments that will be due at the end of that day's class. One solution set from each group will be graded and each person in that group will receive the same grade. Your participation in group assignments will enrich your understanding of the course. Writing assignment  This will require a 35 page typed response. More guidelines will be given when this assignment is set. Quizzes  Occasionally, you will be given a quiz that resembles your homework assignments. The quizzes will occur at the beginning of class and will take about 10 minutes. Exams  These are held in class and take the whole class period. Your attendance is expected at all exams. There will be no makeup exams. Inform me at the earliest opportunity if you expect that you will not be able to attend an exam.  
Exam Dates: 
