Copies of Old Tests
Math 2008-01 & 03
MWF 9-9:52 & 10:00-10:52—Room Boyd 307
TEXT: Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers, by Billstein, et al., Tenth Ed.
Professor: Dr. Sheila Rivera
Office BB – 210
web page: http://www.westga.edu/~srivera
Following completion of the course, the student will demonstrate:
1. an understanding of the standard vocabulary and notation of elementary mathematics;
2. an understanding of the development of number systems from the whole numbers to integers, then the rationals and reals;
3. an understanding of operations, algorithms, place value, elementary number theory;
4. an ability to apply concepts of fractions, decimals, percents, ratio, and proportion in problem-solving situations;
5. an appreciation for mathematics from an historical perspective; and,
6. a better understanding of the uses of a variety of manipulatives and other material for the P-8 level.
There will be 3 tests @ 100 points each, a project worth 100 points (we will talk about this later on in the semester), a quiz worth 50 points, and a comprehensive final worth 150 points. The total possible points earnable will be 600. Grades will be assigned on a point scale format:
C = 479-420
D = 419-360
F = 359-0
Attendance is mandatory to do your best in the course. I will attempt to take the roll daily. If you miss more than 3 times (prior to the last day to drop with a W) you will automatically be dropped from the course and given a grade of WF.
If you miss a test you will make that test up on the final exam. No early, late or make up exams will be given.
Cheating of any kind of conduct that disturbs or disrupts the class will not be TOLERATED. If you cheat on an exam or project you will receive a grade of F.
THE DEADLINE TO DROP THIS CLASS WITHOUT PENALITY (YOU RECEIVE A W) IS March 2nd .
You will create a portfolio that will consist of two parts (described below). The project will be due on or before the week of final exams. Anything turned in after that will receive a 10 point penalty. Each section is expected to be neat and well organized, incorporating spelling and grammar.
The first part of the project consists of six assignments each worth 15 points. These assignments should be typewritten (12 font-New Times Roman). Margins should be 1 inch (top, sides, and bottom). The length of these assignments is not set specifically but should be longer than half a page. These should be long enough such that thorough problem statements and explanations are given. Due dates are located elsewhere.
TOTAL: 90 points
The second part of the project consists of one resume and one teaching philosophy paper. The resume should consist of actual events you have experienced OR it should project what you expect to experience in the near future. The resume should be at least one typewritten page (12 font) and should have professional qualities. The resume is worth 5 points. The teaching philosophy is your belief(s) about teaching/learning and should include something about the teaching/learning of mathematics. (EX: I have a belief that some people learn better when taught with visual aids—this is part of my teaching philosophy). This paper should be at least one typewritten page (12 font-Times New Roman—double spaced, and have 1 inch margins along the sides, top, and bottom). The teaching philosophy is worth 5 points. The grading scheme is given below. Due dates are located elsewhere.
Resume/Teaching Philosophy grading scale:
5 point Resume:
3 points—resume should have professional qualities—correct length, typewritten, bullets, headings, etc.
1 point—resume should be free of grammatical errors, spelling errors, etc.
1 point—resume is turned in by the due date
5 point Teaching Philosophy paper:
3 points—paper should be free of grammatical errors, spelling errors, etc. and should be the correct length, font, and margins
2 points—paper is turned in by the due date
TOTAL: 10 points
GRAND TOTAL: 100 points