EDS374  - Summer 2012


Chris Halter, chalter@ucsd.edu, 858/534-8186

Office Hours:

  • M/W/F PCH 304 (3rd floor)
  • Course 7/16 – 8/6
  • 9:00 am to 11:50 pm

The purpose of this course is to enable UCSD students to further examine and learn about effective teaching strategies of the secondary mathematics classroom. We will examine some current themes in secondary mathematics, including problem-based instruction, project-based instruction, inquiry and discovery learning, mathematical representation, manipulatives, technology infusion into the curriculum, long range and unit planning, and everyday classroom routines.

A constant theme throughout the course will be Mathematical & Algebraic Thinking. This concept can be found in both national and state content standards and had become embedded into every grade level from K-12. Algebra has become the entry course into much higher level mathematics. To master concepts in Algebra is to prepare for further study in mathematics. Algebra is also the mathematics of everyday life and the language of mathematics itself.

We will also be looking at the process of instructional planning. We will practice creating, modifying, analyzing, and reflecting upon long-range instructional plans, semester plans, unit plans, and daily lesson plans. The method we will use in creating these plans will be the “Backwards Design Model” in which you will identify desired results, determine acceptable evidence, and plan learning experiences and instruction. The foundation of all our lesson plans will be the Mathematics Content Standards for California Public Schools within the context of the CA Mathematics Framework.

CTC Professional Teacher Education Program Standards met by this course: 1(d), 2(c), 3(e), 4(d-e), *B(a), 9(a), 12(b-f), 14(b,e),

CTC Teaching Performance Expectations addressed in this course: TPE1B, TPE2, TPE3, TPE4, TPE5, TPE6BC, TPE7, TPE8, TPE9, TPE10, TPE11, TPE12

Required Readings:

Course Organization and Expectations:

EDS374 (letter grade) consists of a series of lectures and presentations along with series of investigations and exploration of secondary mathematics themes. Each student will be expected to keep a notebook of instructional ideas.

All students are expected to:

  1. Attend lectures
  2. Participate actively in discussions and classroom presentations
  3. Complete assigned readings
  4. Complete lesson plan activities
  5. Complete all course projects (lesson plans, two-week plan, substitute plans, etc.)
  6. Check e-mail regularly

 Course Grading:

Course Assignments:

1. Lesson Planning Packet 

During the EDS374 course we will be creating several lesson plans and planning outlines. These plans will include a long-range semester plan, a unit plan (chapter), and several individual lesson plans. These plans will comprise the Lesson Planning Packet. The lesson planning packet will be created as "public" GoogleDocs and be linked as part of your teacher portfolio website.

2. Initial Classroom Management Plan

You will create classroom rules/procedures and the consequence step plan. This is a proactive plan to help deal with the everyday management situations that occur in every classroom. This document should include both your proactive strategies to prevent misbehavior, discipline/consequence outlines when problems occur, a set of initial routines that will be put in place with the steps for that routine, and parent contact plan. The Classroom Management Plan will be created as "public" GoogleDocs and be linked as part of your teacher portfolio website.

3. Classroom Syllabus

Create your class syllabus, includes the classroom rules/procedures and the consequence step plan and your parent communication plan/log plan that includes when you will contact parents and what information you will document. Search for sample mathematics syllabi to use as a guide. The Classroom Syllabus will be created as "public" GoogleDocs and be linked as part of your teacher portfolio website.

4. Mathematics Explorations

 This will be a collection of assignments that are a reflective look at your own mathematics understanding, beliefs, and development. All Math Exploration tasks will be part of your Teacher Portfolio Website in your "Mathematics Blog" These activities will include:

Your Mathography (Exploration 1)

Everyday Math (Exploration 2)

Teaching Meaning vs. Method: Mathematics Beliefs (Exploration 3)

EDS374 COURSE & Reading Schedule 2010



Planned Schedule & Readings for Today

Activities Planned for the Day

Assignments (to be completed by next class meeting)


Session 1

M 7/16

Introduction to Mathematics Today

What is Learning? Big Ideas in Mathematics Education

How to get Big Ideas across to students, the foundations (Number Families, Operations, and Proof)


  • Intro to the course
  • Traffic Jam
  • Sample Class Activities (Budgie, Sq Rt 2, etc)
  • Daily Lesson Planning

First Daily Lesson Plan (due at end of class)

Mathematics Exploration 1 (ME1): My Mathography

Update our Class website list with your URL.

My Teacher website with examples and samples



Session 2

W 7/18

Lesson Planning Intro

Plan a Unit/Chapter (Backwards Design)

Long-Term Planning (the curriculum and the school calendar)


o Unit Plan Overview

o  Unit Plan

o  Daily Lesson Plan

Readings to be completed Prior to Class:

o  Allsopp, pg. 19-34


  • Unit Overview/Unit Plan practice
  • Interactive Notebook

Math Explorations 2 Everyday Math A(ME2A): Calculating Tip (respond to two other posts from ME1)

Unit Overview & Unit Plan



Session 3

F 7/20


EDS M.Ed Colloquium: Please Attend at least one colloquium presentation.



Session 4

M 7/23

Lessons: Concrete to Abstract & Technology

Manipulatives to understand mathematics

Representing math concepts in unique, engaging ways

Readings to be completed Prior to Class:


Readings to be completed Prior to Class:

§   Allsopp, pg. 195-212


  • Manipulative Stations

  • Planning an Engaging lesson

  • Math Activities Exploration
  • A Foldable (Additional resource to lesson notes)
  • Human Graph





Session 5

W 7/25

Topics in Mathematics

Unpacking the Content Standards

Technology in the Mathematics Classroom

How to use the Standards to Plan


Our Technology Guidebook for today (pdf)

Download the tech resource folder (zip file)

Readings to be completed Prior to Class:

  • Skim the Common Core Standards and current content standards documents.


  • Common Core Principles Gallery Walk
  • Common Core "brochure"
  • Exploring Technology in the Class
  • Planning an "Engaging" Lesson

Mathematics Exploration 2B (ME2B): Math around you . Describe how you used math to solve a real life problem from this week (or summer). (respond to two other posts from ME2A)

Common Core Brochure

Lesson Plan: Engaging Lesson


Session 6

F 7/27

Classroom Environment and Community

Building the Classroom Environment and a Community of Learners

Readings to be completed Prior to Class:

  • Allsopp, pg. 83-144


  • Lesson Plan with "Student-Center, Active Engagement Focus"
  • Creating a Classroom Environment
  • A Math Lesson in 3 Acts (Meyer)
  • Explore 3 Act problems (our chance to talk some math)
    • Popcorn
    • Leaky Faucet
    • Shower vs Bath
    • Coffee Traveler
    • Lucky Cow
  • Try your own 3 Act problem

  • Classroom Community Activities
  • Math Activities Exploration that support community

Continue working on "Engaging" Lesson Plan

Create a Math Problem in 3 Acts (put in your website)




Session 7

M 7/30

The Inner Workings of the Math Classroom

Routines, Homework, and Expectations

Physical layout of the room, moving around, Questioning


Readings to be completed Prior to Class:

  • Allsopp, pg. 9-18, 61-82


  • Math Activities Exploration for class environment.
  • Plan the first day/week lesson(s)
  • What is included in a class syllabus?
  • What should you think about in your class management plan?

Lesson Plans: First week of school (this may be done using the "Unit Plan" template)

Mathematics Exploration 2C (ME2C): What are your thoughts on the new Common Core Standards for CA? (respond to two other posts ME2B)



Session 8

W 8/1

Working Together and Learning

Working in Collaborative Teams and Groups

Readings to be completed Prior to Class:


  • Math Activities Exploration for Collaborative Learning
  • What is included in a class syllabus?
  • What should you think about in your class management plan?

Respond to two other posts ME2C

Continue First Week Lesson Plans


Session 9

F 8/3

Your Classroom

Planning for Success

Assessing Student Learning

Readings to be completed Prior to Class:



Math Trail: Create a Math Trail Problem with photo and include in the UCSD Math Trail wiki.

Lesson Plan Packet Due, including first week ideas


Session 10

M 8/6

Ready, Set, Go

Teaching from Day 1 to Day 180


  •   How will we start the year?
  •   How will we end the year?

Mathematics Exploration 3 (ME3): Method vs Meaning (final paper)

Sample Syllabus due

Management Plan due



Presentations from Course

Session 1: Folded Guides

Session 2: Interactive Notebook

Session 5: Common Core Mathematics Standards

Session 6: Classroom Environment

Session 7: Our Lesson Planning Mimio Notebook

Session 8: Collaboration and Cooperative Learning

Good Luck!