for EMAT 3450: Field
Work in Contextual Teaching and Learning in Mathematics
- Instructor: Dawn
Leigh Anderson firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant: Brian Lawler
- Class Time: Wednesdays,
Room: Aderhold 102
Office: 109D Aderhold
Hall Phones: 542-4569 (office)
Preservice teachers will
- understand the benefits
and challenges of teaching mathematics within a context
- be able to find a context
that facilitates the teaching of various mathematical topics
- be able to identify and
teach mathematical topics that are evident in a given context
- be able to plan secondary
mathematics lessons that involve sites and resources within their community.
- Husain, Dilshad (February
1999). A twist on the basics, Techniques, 22-23.
- Cahill, Julie. (February
1999). The classics in context, Techniques, 24-25.
- Lozada, Marlene. (February
1999). When science gets racy, Techniques, 26-27. Parnell, Dale. (February,
1999) Making it fly, Techniques, 18-21.
- and some others will be
assigned throughout the course.
Week 1 (January
- General Ideas behind
- experiences of
students in the class
- Guest Speaker: Teresa
Banker Quilts: A Context for Transformational Geometry
- Read articles Write
reactions. (Make contacts with school, see
Week 2 (January
Content Example: Slope
- Where does slope
fit in the curriculum?
- What is important
to know about slope?
- What is difficult
to understand related to slope?
Slope Activity, including
- Is GBS Up to Code?
(piloted High School activity)
- Is Aderhold up
to Code? (activity & key for preservice teachers)
Discussion of slope
Observations in schools
Week 3 & 4 (January
24 and 31)
- Design an activity
related to a mathematical topic in high school curriculum that
incorporates a context in the way "Slope" was developed.
- Critique of projects
- Revise and resubmit
- Observations in
Week 5-7 (February
7 (fieldtrip), February 14, February 21)
- Industry example:
McLane Distribution Center (February 7, 2-5 p.m.)
- Field Trip & Examples
- Contextually Found
Mathematics: Turnover Rate
- Contextually Found
Mathematics: Organizing Goods within a Distribution Center
- Discussion of possible
Week 8-10 (February
28, March 14, March 21)
Design a field trip
and assignments (3-4 people to a site)
Trip and Contextual Activity Assignment
Feedback on activity
Week 11-14 (March
28, NO CLASS APRIL 4, April 11, April 18)
Implement Field Trip
& Activities at a Middle School or High School
15 (April 25)
of Field Trips
- Contextual Mathematical
Activity (Click Here for Info)
- *Field Trip plans (Click
Here for Info)
- *Mathematical lessons based
on Field Trip context (Click Here
- Conduct Field Trip and
Lessons at Middle or High School
HERE for some of the students' reflections after conducting
field trip and CTL lessons at school settings
- Reflection papers *These
will be compiled into a class bounded book.
Important Dates to Remember:
- January 10, Special Guest
Speaker: Teresa Banker
- Field Trip to McLane Distribution
Company, Athens, GA Wednesday, February 7, 2-5 p.m.
- Field Trip to Textile Museum,
Washington, DC Thursday, April 19-Sunday, April 22