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COURSE TITLE: Curriculum and Instruction in Secondary Mathematics and Sciences I
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Derk Van Eerden and Wendy Stienstra
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 4 (hrs lect 4 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
CALENDAR DESCRIPTION: This curriculum and instruction course provides an in-depth study of the methods and materials used in the teaching of junior and senior high school mathematics and science with a special focus on the Alberta curriculum guides for subjects. This course helps Math and Science pre-service teachers to understand both the theoretical and pedagogical underpinnings of their major and minor teaching area. Topics covered include subject integration, planning, instruction and classroom management, and assessment.

This course is open only to students in the B.Ed. (AD) Secondary program. 
REQUIRED TEXT AND OTHER RESOURCES:Available at the bookstore:
  • 320 students – this text will be used this year and next year (420 students already have the book): Van de Walle, J. A., et al. (2014). Teaching Student-Centered Mathematics: Developmentally Appropriate Instruction for Grades 6-8. (2nd ed.). Pearson.
  • 320/420 students – this book is the text for the senior high focus: Focus in High School Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making. (2009). Reston, VA: The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
  • 320/420 students – this text will be used both years for the science portion: Pedretti, E. & Bellomo, K. (2015). Explorations in Secondary School Science: Practice and Theory 7-12. Pearson.
Additional readings to be found on Moodle Course Website

Alberta Programs of Study Available online:
Critical Review (or observation journal for music) 20%
Presentation on Math Process or Science Emphasis25%
Lab Demonstration25%
Synthesis- Lesson Plan Assignment30%
COURSE OBJECTIVES: The goals of this course are that Pre-service Teachers will:
  • demonstrate knowledge of the Alberta mathematics and science programs of study for grades 7-12
  • understand the conceptual framework and program foundations of the mathematics and science Programs of Study
  • explore and analyze the theoretical foundations of the two disciplines
  • address the prevalent learning theories in the disciplines and the ensuing implications for teaching
  • develop effective pedagogical strategies in both disciplines
  • develop a repertoire of both instructional and theoretical resources
  • appreciate the importance of connecting mathematics and science to real world contexts
  • explore current issues and controversies in mathematics and science education
  • develop the ability to conduct mathematical discussions and follow mathematical explanations of students
  • experience the value of concrete exploration, examination of multiple solutions, and justification of procedures in the development of conceptual understanding
  • examine the role of technology in science and mathematics teaching
  • explore issues and challenges in assessing student understanding of math and science concepts
  • Introduction to Curricular Themes
    • Reasoning in Math
  • Alberta POS: Math
    • Reasoning & Sense Making Activity
    • Functions/Algebra
    • Learning to Notice Framework
    • Geometry/Measurement
    • Statistics/Probability
  • Introduction to Curricular Theme
    • Social And Environmental Science
  • Alberta POS: Science
    • Narrative - Pedagogy
    • Classification Activity
    • Equilibrium in Science
    • Sense of Place; Aboriginal Ways of Knowing
  • Diploma Exams in Math and Science
  • Assessment - PATS
  • Selecting Math Tasks
  • Math Activity
  • Concept Mapping
  • Science Demonstrations
  • Case Study - Engaging in Reform
  • Discourse in Math and Science Classrooms
  • Realities of Math Class - Textbooks and Note Packages
  • Micro peer teaching

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