2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
    Jan 28, 2022  
2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog
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MATH& 131 Math for Elementary Education 1 (5 credits)

Distribution Area Fulfilled Natural Sciences; Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning; General Transfer Elective
Formerly MATH& 171

Prerequisite MATH 077, MATH 096   or MATH 098   or equivalent with a grade of at least 2.0 or satisfactory placement test score and eligible for ENGL& 101   and READ 101 .

Course Description
The first of two courses for prospective elementary teachers focusing on the mathematics underlying modern elementary school math. Topics include: number systems, models for operations, problem-solving techniques, and a variety of instructional approaches. Emphasizes deep conceptual understanding of content, connections among topics, and communication of mathematical ideas. Appropriate technology is incorporated.

Student Outcomes
Problem solving and Reasoning  
1. Apply problem-solving strategies and/or mathematical reasoning to interpret and solve math problems, illustrate and justify quantitative relationships and computational methods and evaluate the reasonableness and accuracy of potential solutions to problems.
Structure & Operations with Real Numbers
2. Explain and use the mathematical structure and properties of the set of real numbers and arithmetic operations to solve problems involving whole numbers, integers, fractions, decimals, percents, and proportions.   
Algebraic Expressions, Equations & Functions
3. Use symbolic algebra to represent and solve applied problems and investigate how the variables interact and are represented graphically. 
Communication of Mathematical Ideas and Reasoning  
4. Clearly communicate mathematical thinking, strategies and solutions both orally and in writing using proper mathematical notation and vocabulary, and evaluate that of others during independent and collaborative activities. 
Connections and Context  
5. Demonstrate knowledge of historical and cross-cultural contributions to mathematics and to the development of number systems.  
6. Analyze and explain how mathematical ideas connect to one another and to real-life topics.
Instructional Methodology  
7. Discuss and apply relevant national and state mathematical standards and appropriate instructional methods observed in K-8 classrooms​.
8. Use appropriate technology and concrete materials (manipulatives) for problem solving, demonstrating concepts, and exploration.  
9. Investigate and explain the effects of math anxiety on learners and the learning environment in an elementary classroom and discuss strategies to address anxiety/avoidance in oneself and others.

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