HS 422 / MS 456: Strategies for Teaching Mathematics
Homepage, Fall 2003

Syllabus | Assignment Schedule | Useful Links
Projects of the Month | Topic of the Day | Teaching Practice | Teaching Theory

Instructor: Heidi Burgiel, hlb@mit.edu
Office Hours: Tuesday 11-12, Thursday 3-4, L106

Strategies, including methods, materials and media for teaching mathematics are studied. Developing competency and versatility is stressed through simulations, teaching analyses and observation.

In order to take advantage of the diversity of student experience and philosophy (see student survey results), this course will largely be presented in seminar or discussion format. The typical class session will consist of four parts:

Topic of the Day: (15 minutes) Students present and discuss practical concerns about teaching.
Teaching Practice: (50 minutes) Students participate in mock teaching exercises or analyze video tapes of teachers in action.
Teaching Theory: (50 minutes) Students share and discuss research results in mathematics education.
Project of the Month: (25 minutes) Students analyze projects that might appear in a geometry, algebra or statistics unit.