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Mathematics for Teachers in Diverse and Inclusive Educational Settings (Grades N – 6)

This course provides the student with an overview of mathematics learning for children from nursery school through grade six. Theories of development are used as a basis for designing age appropriate curriculum. Students experience approaches and methods for teaching concepts and skills through the use of materials and tools such as Cuisenaire Rods, Dienes Blocks, Unifix Cubes, calculators and computers. Emphasis is on developing concepts by discovery, by observing patterns and relationships, and through supporting spatial, numerical and logical reasoning. Students examine the multiple factors that contribute to an individual's level of comfort in learning math: degree of conceptual understanding, previous experience with math, learning style, pace, preferred modality, ability to memorize, and specific learning disabilities. Students explore the range of alternate strategies used by learners to compensate for learning disabilities, and study successful child-invented approaches to solving mathematical problems. Formal and informal diagnostic tools are reviewed and practical classroom management techniques for grouping and individualizing instruction are discussed.