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STEM Graduate Programs
Laurie Geller and Consuelo Devine

Mathematics Course Offerings - Summer 2014

The list of summer 2014 math courses is below and a detailed list is HERE. All courses are grant-funded.* The only cost for ND teachers is a one-time $35 application fee.

Registration starts on March 25.
Registration and housing information can be found on the Application/Registration page.

For High School Teachers:

For Elementary and Middle School Teachers (taught in Minot and Mayville):

Course Descriptions

MATH 501 Action Research in Math Ed (2 SH)
Prepares practicing mathematics teachers to study issues or problems relating to mathematics education within their classrooms, schools, or districts with supervision by an MSU faculty member. Course topics include how to interpret educational research and literature; design and implement reliable and valid action research; identify worthwhile problems; and formulate questions that can be addressed through action research.

MATH 534: El/MS Probability and Stats (3 SH)
Students will be introduced to elementary grade level statistics and probability through the process of exploration and problem solving. Appropriate technology will be introduced as needed.

MATH 535: Using Technology in El/MS Math (3 SH)
Teachers will learn how to use specific technologies and discover ways to integrate these technologies into their classrooms. Technologies that will be covered are: graphing calculator, spreadsheet, Geometer’s Sketchpad, Math Type, and other appropriate mathematical technologies.

MATH 540 Geometry for Sec Sch Teachers (3 SH)
Content, rationale, and methods for secondary geometry instruction, focusing on an axiomatic system, paragraph proofs, and logic. Includes many applications and activities using technology.

MATH 565 Calculus for Sec Sch Teachers (3 SH)
Participants in this course will review and strengthen their understanding of calculus and its applications. Differential and integral calculus will be taught with a geometric, numeric, analytic, and verbal approach, not just a series of procedures and rules. The course will include appropriate technology and many applications. Students will discuss how the methods and content of this course are relevant to teaching and learning secondary mathematics and to the state and national mathematics standards.

MATH 592 The Math-Science Connection for Grades 7-12 Teachers (3 SH)
This course will focus on how math is used in different sciences and how science topics can be used as applications in math courses. Some of the connections will include: 1) algebraic manipulation of equations to solve for unknowns like mass, volume, density, moles, velocity, acceleration, force; 2) use of graphical techniques to investigate linear and non-linear relationships including linear regression and non-linear regression, exponential fits to data, direct and inverse proportionalities; 3) statistical analysis of data including the concepts of deviation, error, mean, median, standard deviation, and outliers in data; 4) use of trigonometry and geometric relationships in solving for unknown quantities including the concepts of sine, cosine, tangent, hypotenuse, and the Pythagorean theorem; and 5) the use of logarithms (both common and natural) and their importance in topics like pH and rates of reactions.

MATH 592 Probability and Statistics and the CCSS for Grades 7-12 (3 SH)
Statistics are everywhere today—news shows, magazines, newspapers, and social media. Statistics provide information that can be used to make simple as well as life-altering decisions.  Furthermore, the discernment between use and misuse of data is more important now than ever before. Statistics are used in business, social science, government, medicine, engineering, science, research, education, and just about anywhere a decision based on data must be made.  Furthermore, the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSSM) increased the expectations of teachers to understand and teach probability and statistics. Thus, this class will help teachers improve their knowledge of and ability to teach probability and statistics. Technology will be incorporated throughout. The course will also help teachers develop an understanding of statistics as relevant to life, careers, the sciences, and other fields of study. Participants will create standards-based lessons that will be shared with fellow participants. They will exchange materials and leave with up to 15 lessons, activities, projects, and applications to use in their classrooms. As part of the follow-up activities, participants will be required to implement and assess at least one of the lessons in their classrooms. They will also be required to report the results of the lesson and to reflect upon its implementation, student learning, and make suggestions for improvement.

MATH/SCI 592 The Math-Science Connection for Grades K-8 Teachers (3 SH)
This course will focus on scientific investigations at the elementary and middle school levels and the support that mathematics provides for interpreting results of those investigations. The following topics will be addressed: 1) making conjectures; 2) designing effective scientific investigations; 3) collecting data; 4) taking and interpreting measurements including their validity, reliability, and precision; 5) analyzing data in ways that are dependent on the mathematics known by students; 6) making and interpreting graphic representations of data; 7) learning types of mathematical relationships represented in graphs of data (e.g. linear,  inverse, quadratic); and 8) writing mathematical relationships regarding data using independent and dependent variables.

MATH 598 Capstone Project (1-3 SH)
With guidance from faculty, students conduct action research addressing problems in the context of their classrooms, schools, or districts which impinge on student achievement in mathematics. Students work with their faculty advisors to implement interventions, collect and analyze data resulting from the interventions, and summarize results. Findings are written up for publication and presented orally to peers at a capstone symposium. Following the presentations, students defend their projects before their graduate committees. Prerequisite(s): MATH 501 & MATH 5

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* As part of the grant that funds these courses, teachers will receive full tuition and fees, mileage, books/materials, room (if staying on campus), and follow-up activities conducted during the year. As part of the follow-up activities, teachers will be required to implement and assess at least one of the lessons created in the course in their classrooms. They will also be required to report the results of the lesson and to reflect upon its implementation, student learning, and make suggestions for improvement. Finally, teachers will be required to submit their students' state standardized math test scores to the MAT: Math Program Director for subsequent grant reports.