Math 109 Course Contract
Course: Math 109 Structure of Number Systems I
Prerequisite: Math 098 and Math 099 or equivalent
Text: A Problem Solving Approach to Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers, Billstein, Libskind, and Lott 6th edition
Instructor: Ms. Cynthia Schultz
Phone: 224 - 2720, x431
Monday : 9:00, 1:00
Wednesday: 9:00, 12:30 - 2:00
100-90% A 4 exams: 75 points each
89-80% B Final exam: 100 points
79-70% C Homework: 50 points
69-60% D 4 projects
Homework: You will be given homework assignments for each section. These problems are to be completed by the next class session. There will be time allotted at the beginning of each class session to answer questions over the homework from the previous section. Periodically, I will collect, without notice, a section of homework. I suggest that you come to class everyday prepared to hand in any previously assigned homework. Each homework that is handed in and completed to a satisfactory level will receive a check mark. No late homework will be accepted. At the end of the semester I will calculate the percentage of homework check marks you received and multiply this number by 50. Example: You received a check mark on 90% of the collected homework. You earn 50 (.90) = 45 points.
Testing policy: You are expected to take each exam on the day it is given. If you know you are going to miss an exam, you may take the exam early. I will need at least two days notice. Otherwise, you may make up these points at the end of the semester. I will announce the date for the makeup exam towards the end of the semester. The makeup test will be comprehensive in nature and will cover more than the test you missed. You are allowed only one makeup exam. I will assign a score of zero on any other exam not made up.
Retakes of Exams and/or extra credit: I do not allow retakes of any assignment or assign extra credit to individuals.
Cheating: A score of zero will be given on any assignment where cheating occurs. You will be withdrawn from the course and possibly from IVCC.
Attendance: You are expected to attend all classes regularly. If absence is unavoidable, it is your responsibility to explain the absence to me and arrange to complete any work missed.
Withdrawals: Withdrawal from the class is not automatic. If you cease all activity in the course, you may receive an F. It is your responsibility to initiate a withdrawal if you feel you can not complete the course.
Note: All paper are to be typed using standard margins and fonts. Attach any additional materials when necessary. Your paper will be graded on content as well as mechanics such as grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
Project 1: Due Sept 1
Why do you want to be an elementary school teacher? What experiences in life led you to this decision? What effects would you like to have on your future students? What will be the benefits of teaching? Do you have any fears about teaching? This paper should be two or three pages.
Project 2: Due Oct 1
You are to write a research paper on math anxiety. What are the signs of math anxiety? What experiences might cause math anxiety? What can you do as a teacher to lessen it? What might a teacher do that actually worsens it? Do you have any personal experiences that you would like to share? Your paper must include a bibliography. Possible sources could be books, magazines, the Internet, interviews of students, teachers, etc.
Project 3: Due Nov 3
Write a 2 - 3 page paper on your favorite teacher and worst teacher. (You may change their names to maintain their privacy) What did you like/dislike about them? What methods did they use? How did they affect your learning? Did they have any influence on your decision to become a teacher?
Project 4: Due Dec 1
Pick a topic that was covered in this class and give a detailed description on how you would teach your grade level students. Include notes, games, puzzles, quizzes or any activity that you would use to assess their learning.
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