Teaching Mathematics in Grades 9-12
Instructor: Dr. Jeremy Winters
Office: KOM 226B
Office Hours: TTR 11:30-3:00 or by appointment
Due to supervising student teachers, I will be out at the
various schools on occasion. Therefore the I may be out of
the office during the above times, please feel free to make
an appointment to guarantee that I will be in the office, or
drop by and try and catch me in my office at any time.
Textbook: There is no textbook for this course. A number of readings
and handouts will be provided for you to include in a 3-ring
binder. Other items will be located on the internet or in the
library. Since you are not purchasing a book for this course,
it is expected that you will obtain a membership in NCTM and
(MT)2. Proof of these memberships will be a requirement
Other items: (a) You will need access to the Principles and Standards for
School Mathematics (NCTM, 2000).
(b) Access to MTSU e-mail.and the internet
Admission to teacher education, completion of the mathematics core (MATH 1910,
1920, 3110, 2010, 3460; 2050), and MATH 3320. (Three credits)
If you have a disability that may require assistance or accommodation,
or you have questions related to accommodations for testing, note-takers, readers, etc.,
please contact me as soon as possible. You may also contact the Office of Disabled
Student Services (898-2783) with questions about such services. You must be
registered with Disability Services to receive special accommodations.
Students in this course will:
1. investigate various methods of teaching mathematics.
2. read, analyze, and apply the NCTM Principles and Standards for School
Mathematics, as well as other professional readings..
3. differentiate between conceptual and procedural types of mathematical
knowledge. Students will make attempts to implement strategies and methods in
tasks and lessons that promote the development of conceptual knowledge.
4. investigate the use of various types of manipulatives and technology into the
teaching of mathematics and appropriately include them in instructional activities
5. examine various types of questioning techniques and exploratory activities.
6. become familiar with different methods of assessment and what can be gained
from using various forms of assessment in the classroom.
7. investigate various curricula and how to decide what and when to teach particular
8. address issues related to classroom management, discipline, gender,
multiculturalism, and special needs. Students will use this information to help
them in designing appropriate lesson plans and activities for classroom
9. have opportunities to reflect, communicate, and record their experiences, which
in turn may help provide them with valuable insight to continue this practice
throughout their careers (in class as well as out in the field).
10. become experienced in working individually as well as collaboratively.
On-time attendance is expected. Three (3) or more absences and excessive tardies or
early departures will result in the lowering of one’s grade by at least one letter grade.
Absolutely no late work will be accepted. Tests, with a valid university excuse, will be
able to be made up in a timely manner by appointment with the instructor. If you are
absent and an assignment is due, you may e-mail me the assignment prior to class. I
will not accept e-mailed assignments after the start time of class. If classwork is
assigned for the next class meeting it is the responsibility of the student to contact the
professor or another student in order to be prepared for the next class meeting.
1. Membership and Participation (5%)
Students must join and participate in the Preservice Mathematics Teachers
Organization (MT)^3. Moreover, each student is required to obtain a student
membership to NCTM. This requirement may also include assisting in the TMTA
high school math contest, a TI workshop, or attending another professional
2. SRQ’s (15%)
Summarize, Reflect, and Questions
Students will be asked to SRQ various readings. Readings will consist of whole
class readings and individual readings. Whole class readings will be a common
article or chapter that all students will read. Individual readins will be selected by
each individual. For these readings, students will be asked to share the SRQ with
the class and lead a discussion over the reading.
3. Teacher Observations (20%)
Students are required to do two types of observations. First, students are required
to watch selected on-line videos of mathematics teachers and answer the
questions which accompany the videos. Second, students are required to log ten
(10) hours observing a high school mathematics teacher. Details concerning these
ten (10) hours will given on a separate sheet of paper. Students are allowed to
choose any high school math teacher with consent from the professor. If you do
not know or have a particular high school math teacher in mind, I will aide in
helping you to find one.
4. Unit Plan (20%)
Students will design and organize a detailed unit plan for a secondary mathematics
class. Details concerning the Unit Plan will be given on a separate sheet of paper.
5. Portfolio (15%)
Students will be required to turn in a portfolio. Details concerning the portfolio will
be given on a separate sheet.
6. Presentations (15%)
Students will do three presentations during this course.
(b) Short Lesson (Individual)
(c) Short Lesson (Group)
7. Final Exam (10%)
The exam will be similar to the Praxis Mathematics Pedagogy Test required for
A: 100-89.5 C+: 79.45-76.5
B+: 89.49-86.5 C: 76.49-73.5
B: 86.49-83.5 C-: 73.49-69.5
B-: 83.49-79.5 D: 69.49-59.5
F: Below 59.49
(I will not round, all calculated grades past the hundredths place will be dropped
January 16 Last day to DROP classes for a 100% refund
January 16 Last day to register without paying $100 late fee
Last day to WITHDRAW FROM ALL CLASSES for 100%
January 18 Last day to REGISTER (late fee charged)
January 20 Last day to ADD classes
January 28 (MT)^2 Annual Meeting at Pope John Paul II School
January 30 Last day for a 75% refund
January 30 Last day to drop or withdraw WITHOUT a grade
Last day for a 25% refund
February Classroom Management Seminar, STEA Meeting
16 5:00-7:00 in KUC
March 6 Last day to drop or withdraw with a grade of "W"
March 6-11 Spring Break
April 6 Middle School Math Contest
April 18 TMTA High School Math Contest
April 19 Last day to withdraw from the University
April 26 Last day of classes
April 27 Study Day
April 26-29 NCTM Annual Meeting in St. Louis MO
Final Exam from 10:30-12:30 in KOM 200
According to the Rights and Responsibility section of the Students Handbook, cheating
is defined as intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials,
information, or study aids in any academic exercise. The term academic exercise
includes all forms of work submitted for credit or hours. If a student is believed to be in
violation of MTSU’s policy on academic misconduct, procedures will be following as
outlined in the Students Handbook.
The instructor has the primary responsibility for control over the classroom behavior and
can direct the temporary removal or exclusion from the classroom of any student
engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct which otherwise violates the general rules and
regulations of the institution. The instructor may report such misconduct to the assistant
dean for Judicial Affairs for implementation of such disciplinary sanctions as may be
appropriate, including extended or permanent exclusion from the classroom.