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21st Century Teaching and Learning in the Mathematics Classroom**
 
Course Description
    

Participants in this course will be introduced to 21st Century skills and tools and how they can be used in the mathematics classroom.  The content of this course is appropriate for K-12 teachers with resources focusing on multiple grade levels.  Participants in this course will complete an instructional plan that includes 21st Century skills and tools.

* Participants in this course must be employed to teach mathematics at the middle school or high school or as a multi-grades K-8 teacher.
**Based upon course revisions during Summer 2011 this course will be, effective October 2011, recognized as a technology course and will meet the technology coursework requirements for recertification.
***This course is approved for one course of the three course General Math bundle for Special Education teachers who are working toward becoming "Highly Qualified."

 
Course Syllabus
    

21st Century Teaching and Learning in the Mathematics Classroom

Course Syllabus

Catalog Description

This course is one of four content-specific courses that focuses on incorporating 21st Century teaching and learning into language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies curricula. Participants will explore the integration of 21st Century skills and technology tools to enhance students’ learning of mathematics with resources and assignments targeted across grade levels...  Examples of exemplary teaching and learning with 21st Century skills and tools will be investigated and discussed. 

Prerequisites

This is an introductory course for teachers, technology specialists, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists and administrators.  Participants are expected to have regular access to computers.  Although not a requirement, high speed Internet access definitely enhances the online experience.  Participants should be proficient with using email, browsing the Internet, and navigating through computer files.  Access to Microsoft Office is recommended.  Participants who do not have access to Microsoft Office should download Open Office documents (a free download from Microsoft) to enable them to read and send word documents throughout this course. 

Goals

This course will enable participants to:

  • understand 21st Century communication and collaboration skills for mathematics,
  • understand 21st Century thinking skills for mathematics,
  • understand 21st Century assessments for mathematics,
  • understand 21st Century instructional models for mathematics,
  • recognize 21st Century tools and resources and
  • understand the role of the teacher as the facilitator of 21st Century thinking and learning.

Assessment and Course Requirements 

Each session includes readings, activities and a discussion assignment, which participants are required to complete.  High-quality, active participation in the online discussions is vital to the understanding and completion of the course.  Additionally, participants will develop an instructional plan specific to their course and grade level that includes 21st Century skills and tools.  Weekly assignments address sections of this lesson plan and a mid-course check will be completed during Session Three. 

Course Products

During each session, participants will complete one or more portions of a technology-enhanced instructional plan specific to their course and grade level that includes 21st Century skills and tools and meets NCTM and ISTE standards.  A Lesson Plan template and Final Project Rubric are provided in Session One.   The mid-course check during Session Three consists of a partially completed lesson plan (Sessions One, Two and Three being completed) and the Final Project will be peer-reviewed and submitted for facilitator feedback during Session Six.

Discussion Participation

Participants will be evaluated weekly on the frequency and quality of their participation in the discussion forum.  Participants are required to post a minimum of three substantial postings each session, including one that begins a new thread and two that respond to existing threads.  Postings that begin new threads will be reviewed based on their relevance, demonstrated understanding of course concepts, examples cited, and overall quality.  Postings that respond to other participants will be evaluated on relevance and the degree to which they extend the discussion.  Participants are to read all original messages by course colleagues and enough additional responses to make a total of 50% of the messages posted for that session. 

Sessions Overview: 
Session One: Promoting Communication and Collaboration

In this session, participants will focus on effective communication in a 21st Century mathematics classroom.  Participants will set up a spreadsheet and graph and communicate/ collaborate with colleagues about the data and the strategies of using these tools to foster and enhance students’ communication / collaboration about mathematics. 

Session Two: Enhancing Thinking Skills

In this session, participants will read about higher-order thinking and good questioning skills.  Participants will analyze patterns to make predictions and opportunities to build and share questioning skills. 

Session Three: Assessing for Learning

In this session, participants will learn about using exit questions as a means of assessing students’ understanding of content.  Participants will create a rubric using rubistar and will formulate some exit questions.

Session Four: Evaluating and Applying Instructional Models

In this session, participants will read about effective tools for teaching mathematics.  Participants will explore and evaluate instructional models that use 21st century tools.  Discussion and lesson planning will focus on challenging students’ thinking and promoting higher-order thinking through the use of some of these tools and resources. 

Session Five: Utilizing Tools and Resources

Participants will, in this session, review several 21st century tools such as applets, and other interactive resources that can be used to explore mathematical concepts.  Participants will determine how one or more of these tools / resources could be used to enhance student learning of mathematics.

Session Six: Designing and Facilitating the 21st Century Classroom

Participants will learn about a learner-active, technology-infused classroom where the teacher facilitates active student involvement.  Participants will complete their lesson plans and share them for peer review.  Finalized plans will be submitted to the facilitator for feedback.