Math 1480-001 Math for Elementary School Teachers Spring 2012

Class: Dunn Hall 227,  MWF 9:10-10:05am
Instructor: Paul Balister
Office: Dunn Hall 345,  Tel: 678-3138
Office Hours:MWF 10:15-11:15am; Friday 1:30pm-2:30pm (or by appointment)

Elementary Mathematics for Teachers by Thomas H. Parker and Scott J. Baldridge.
Primary Mathematics 3A Textbook (Singapore Math, US Edition)
Primary Mathematics 4A Textbook (Singapore Math, US Edition)
Primary Mathematics 5A Textbook (Singapore Math, US Edition)
Primary Mathematics 5A Workbook (Singapore Math, US Edition)
Primary Mathematics 6A Textbook (Singapore Math, US Edition)
Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics by Liping Ma.


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.


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, walk-in, tutoring service:

     Math Learning Center, Dunn Hall 143, Tel: (901) 678-2704.
     Hours: M-Th 8am to 7pm, and Friday 8am to 2pm.

Homework/Group assignments/Quizzes 120   (20 each)
Writing assignment 40
Three in-class exams  180   (60 each)
Comprehensive Final Exam 100
Drop either 1 test or 3 HW/GAs/Qs* -60


* The 3 lowest Homework/Group assigments/Quizzes or the lowest in-class 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.

A 300(84%)    C+240(64%)
A-288(80%)C 228(60%)
B 264(72%)D+204(52%)
B-252(68%)D 192(48%)

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 3-5 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 make-up exams. Inform me at the earliest opportunity if you expect that you will not be able to attend an exam.

Exam Dates:
Exam 1 Friday, February 17
Exam 2 Friday, March 23
Exam 3 Monday, April 23
Final Exam   Friday, April 27 at 10:30am

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