PaGE: Mathematics Education (X.MTHED)

X.MTHED-404 Effective Practices for Advancing the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics identified eight practices for effective teaching of mathematics. Teacher leaders from around the country have been strategizing and working to develop unique ways to implement these practices in K-12 classrooms. Each live online session will explore a different practice in depth with one of the teacher leaders who designed it. Students will then work to implement the practice in their own classrooms and analyze how it affects student learning.

X.MTHED-404DV Effective Practices for Advancing the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics: "Developing Students' Mathematical Sense-Making'

Spring. Credits: 2

Recent math reform efforts emphasize the importance of developing students' conceptual understanding over teaching procedures for students to memorize. For many teachers, this is a shift in practice because their own experiences in mathematics have been with the latter. In this course we will draw upon some of the leading experts in the field to explore how we can develop students' understanding in the domains of counting and cardinality, geometry, number and operations in base ten, algebraic reasoning, measurement, and functions. In each class session, we will explore one or more domains in depth as we engage in mathematical tasks and analyze student thinking through video and print cases.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
S. Bent, M. Flynn

X.MTHED-408 Professional Development for Coaching Mathematics

Credits: 2

This course is designed for elementary math specialists with responsibilities for supporting teachers in the development of strong mathematics education programs. Participants explore issues related to: learning mathematics while in the context of teaching; facilitating the professional development of colleagues; teachers' and students' ideas about mathematics and learning; and fostering a stance of collaborative investigation. By way of a central theme of mathematics learning, the institute will offer coaches opportunities to explore, through the coaching perspective, ideas of number and geometry in the elementary grades.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
P. Wagner
Restrictions: This course is offered for graduate students only.

X.MTHED-409 Educational Leadership I: Exploring the Rules of Math Teacher Leadership

Credits: 2

This course will explore the roles of teacher leadership in math education at the local, state, and national level. Topics will include coaching, mentoring, writing (blogs, journals, op-eds, articles), professional learning communities (virtual and face- to-face), and advocacy. Participants will consider current issues and challenges facing students and teachers with regard to math education and will work to develop action plans to address these issues in the coming school year.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
M. Allen, M. Flynn
Restrictions: This course is limited to Mount Holyoke MAMT students only

X.MTHED-410 Educational Leadership II: Facilitating Professional Learning

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 2

This institute focuses on learning to teach one of the Developmental Mathematical Ideas (DMI) modules. Participants will choose a particular DMI module on which to concentrate their facilitation work. The institute will include examination of the central mathematical ideas of the module, identifying key goals for each session, discussion of the process of interacting with participants both in the institute sessions and through written responses, as well as opportunities for practice facilitation.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
V. Bastable
Restrictions: This course is offered for graduate students only.
Advisory: Prior experience with a DMI seminar recommended.

X.MTHED-411 Educational Leadership II: Facilitating Adult Learning

Credits: 2

This course provides opportunities for participants to develop skills and knowledge to enable them to design and implement professional learning opportunities in mathematics for adults. Activities focus on four aspects: the importance of identifying key ideas and goals for professional learning, strategically using both small and whole group formats, an analysis of the range of professional learning opportunities for teachers, and opportunities to practice facilitating professional learning with an audience of teachers.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
M. Flynn
Restrictions: This course is limited to Mount Holyoke MAMT students only

X.MTHED-412 Mathematics Coaching: Designing Effective Professional Development

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 3

This course provides opportunities for math specialists/coaches of grades K-8 to design, develop, critique, implement, give, and receive feedback on mathematics professional development experiences that align with the Common Core standards and the particular needs of the school/district's participating staff. Topics include staying focused on mathematics while developing collaborative relationships, communicating with teachers and administrators, developing leadership skills, and continuing to be a learner. Emphasis will be placed on learning how to move a school and/or district toward their mathematics goals by providing both support and press for teachers who teach mathematics.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
The department
Restrictions: This course is offered for graduate students only.
Advisory: Prior experience with a DMI seminar recommended.

X.MTHED-413 Supporting the Range of Learners in Mathematics Classrooms

Spring. Credits: 2

Every teacher wants each student to achieve to the highest levels. And yet knowing how to do this can feel hard, overwhelming, and/or unclear. To make diverse classrooms feel more manageable and productive, this course will provide concrete methods and strategies teachers can use in classrooms to support all students. Students will engage in interesting mathematics every session; leave each session with something concrete to try in your classroom; read and analyze current research on supporting diverse learners; research your own students through case work and discussions with colleagues; and have new thought partners and colleagues who will be invested in your students' success.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
J. Sunkle, P. Wagner
Restrictions: This course is offered for graduate students only.

X.MTHED-422 Research on Learning: Implementing the Common Core Math Practice Standards

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 2

This course is focused on implementing mathematics instruction to support the development of conceptual understandings of mathematics. Topics include creating a classroom climate for productive mathematics discussion, posing open-ended math tasks, asking probing questions, and exploring teacher moves that both challenge and support individual student learning. Analyzing classroom cases of practice will be a key feature.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
The department
Restrictions: This course is limited to Mount Holyoke MAMT students only
Advisory: Prior experience with a DMI seminar recommended.

X.MTHED-444 Developing Mathematical Ideas Facilitation

X.MTHED-444LT Developing Mathematical Ideas Facilitation: 'Leadership Training'

Credits: 1

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
M. Flynn
Restrictions: This course is offered for graduate students only.
Prereq: X.MATH-400 or any other DMI class.

X.MTHED-465 Action Research on Learning and Teaching

Fall and Spring. Credits: 4

This course will include action research on the mathematics learning of students and pedagogical moves of teachers. Participants will produce written cases of practice based on audio or videotaped classroom discussions and interviews with their own students. Participants will analyze their own cases and those of their colleagues to examine the learning of students and the impact of teacher moves. Course instructors will also provide individual feedback based on the classroom cases.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
The department
Restrictions: This course is limited to Mount Holyoke MAMT students only
Notes: Online.

X.MTHED-466 Action Research on Math Teacher Leadership

Spring. Credits: 4

The course involves action research on the impact of teacher leadership roles in mathematics education. Students will implement the action plan created during Educational Leadership I, develop a capstone project, and report the results so the group can provide critical feedback and support. The scalable nature of this work allows each student to define a leadership role and project to fit their interests and professional goals.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
S. Bent
Restrictions: This course is limited to Mount Holyoke MAMT students only
Advisory: X.MTHED-409 Educational Leadership I.

X.MTHED-473 Creating Accessible Mathematics Classrooms

Fall. Credits: 2

Supporting students with disabilities in mathematics can be enhanced by developing teachers' mathematical content and pedagogical knowledge. This course will broaden teachers' understanding of universal design for learning, EDC accessibility strategies, and the implementation of effective instructional routines. The course will also review the history of the disability rights movement with a lens on mathematics education and the importance of respecting neurodiversity. Participants in the course will leave with specific skills and strategies they can implement in their own educational settings

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
A. Gael
Restrictions: This course is offered for graduate students only.