Teaching Elementary Math Conceptually:
A New Paradigm
Instructor Name: Kim Chappell
Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST Monday - Friday
Address: Virtual Education Software
16201 E Indiana Ave, Suite 1450
Spokane, WA 99216
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Welcome to Teaching Elementary Math Conceptually, an interactive computer-based instruction course designed to expand your methodology for teaching Mathematics. The course will explore an innovative teaching model that incorporates strategies for teaching concepts constructively and contextually. The goal is for you to gain a deeper understanding of the underlying concepts of various math topics and explore the principles of teaching those concepts to learners. This course will focus on the topics of number sense, basic operations, and fractions.
This computer-based instruction course is a self-supporting program that provides instruction, structured practice, and evaluation all on your home or school computer. Technical support information can be found, in the Help section of your course.
Title: Teaching Elementary Math Conceptually: A New Paradigm
Instructor: Kim Chappell, Ed.D
Publisher: Virtual Education Software, inc. 2010
Academic Integrity Statement
The structure and format of most distance learning courses presume a high level of personal and academic integrity in completion and submission of coursework. Individuals enrolled in a distance-learning course are expected to adhere to the following standards of academic conduct.
Academic work submitted by the individual (such as papers, assignments, reports, tests) shall be the student’s own work or appropriately attributed, in part or in whole, to its correct source. Submission of commercially prepared (or group prepared) materials as if they are one’s own work is unacceptable.
Aiding Honesty in Others
The individual will encourage honesty in others by refraining from providing materials or information to another person with knowledge that these materials or information will be used improperly.
Violations of these academic standards will result in the assignment of a failing grade and subsequent loss of credit for the course.
Level of Application
This course is designed to be an informational course with application to work or work-related settings. The intervention strategies are designed to be used primarily with elementary students, or any students who struggle with understanding mathematics.
· Expand conceptual understanding of number sense, basic operations, and fractions
· Explore a conceptual model of teaching math
· Develop skill in designing constructive learning experiences
· Explore foundational mathematical principles
· Investigate integrating conceptual teaching into curriculum
The course Teaching Elementary Math Conceptually: A New Paradigm is designed to explain and connect the major concepts, procedures, and reasoning processes of mathematics. Current research and trends in math education will be discussed to outline a teaching methodology that is conceptual, contextual, and constructive. Activities are presented to explain underlying concepts and illustrate constructive teaching. The course has been divided into four chapters covering four math topics: number sense, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, and fractions. Emphasis is on exploring how to develop mathematical understanding in learners.
As a student, you will be expected to:
· Retake any chapter examination, after completing an information review, to increase that examination score to a minimum of 70% (maximum of three attempts).
Chapter 1 – Number Sense
The first chapter outlines the teaching model, including a discussion of the conceptual, contextual, and constructive teaching of math. Comparisons are drawn between traditional math education and current trends in math education. The chapter also explores how to develop conceptual understanding of number sense, counting principles, and place value. Example activities are presented, both to explain mathematical concepts and to illustrate teaching strategies.
Chapter 2 – Addition & Subtraction
The second chapter covers concepts in addition, subtraction, and estimation. This chapter explores foundational concepts to develop computational fluency without memorization. Strategies represent conceptual and constructive teaching. A unique manipulative tool is introduced that is used extensively to develop operational concepts and expand place value principles.
Chapter 3 – Multiplication & Division
The third chapter develops concepts in multiplication, division, and prime numbers. In this chapter, designing contextual problems is discussed. Strategies presented are designed to construct operational concepts that are foundational to fractions. Place value concepts are expanded, and prime number concepts are developed.
Chapter 4 – Fractions
The final chapter explores fractional understandings. Alternative manipulatives are used to develop essential concepts as well as computational principles. In addition, a unique strategy is presented to find common denominators, equivalent fractions, and reduced fractions. All operations, including division, are presented using manipulatives to teach for understanding.
At the end of each chapter, you will be expected to complete an examination designed to assess your knowledge. You may take these exams a total of three times. Your last score will save, not the highest score. After your third attempt, each examination will lock and not allow further access. Your final grade for the course will be determined by calculating an average score of all exams. This score will be printed on your final certificate. As this is a self-paced computerized instruction program, you may review course information as often as necessary. You will not be able to exit any examinations until you have answered all questions. If you try to exit the exam before you complete all questions, your information will be lost. You are expected to complete the entire exam in one sitting.
Teaching Elementary Math Conceptually: A New Paradigm was developed by Kim Chappell. Kim Chappell is an Assistant Professor of Education at Crown College in Minnesota. Currently, she teaches undergraduate courses in the Teacher Education Department. She supervises student teachers, mentors students, and writes curriculum. Professor Chappell has over 19 years of teaching experience, 14 of those years in grades 1 through 8. She spent 9 years teaching middle school mathematics. She holds two master’s degrees, a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Master of Science in Mathematics Education. She also holds an Ed.D. degree in Instructional Leadership.
Contacting the Instructor
You may contact the instructor by emailing Professor Chappell at email@example.com or calling her at
509-891-7219, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. PST. Phone messages will be answered within 24 hours. Phone conferences will be limited to ten minutes per student, per day, given that this is a self-paced instructional program. Please do not contact the instructor about technical problems, course glitches, or other issues that involve the operation of the course.
If you have questions or problems related to the operation of this course, please try everything twice. If the problem persists please check our support pages for FAQs and known issues at www.virtualeduc.com and also the Help section of your course.
If you need personal assistance then email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (509) 891-7219. When contacting technical support, please know your course version number (it is located at the bottom left side of the Welcome Screen) and your operating system, and be seated in front of the computer at the time of your call.
Minimum Computer Requirements
Please refer to VESi’s website: www.virtualeduc.com or contact VESi if you have further questions about the compatibility of your operating system.
Refer to the addendum regarding Grading Criteria, Course Completion Information, Items to be Submitted, and how to submit your completed information.
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