COURSES FOR ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE SCHOOL, & HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS
Registration starts on March 19. Registration and housing information can be found on the Application/Registration page.
The list of summer 2013 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.
For High School Teachers:
- Math 501 Action Research in Math Ed. (2 SH)
- Math 523 Probability and Statistics for Secondary Teachers (3 SH)
- Math 550 Technology for Teaching Math(3 SH)
- Math 580 Algebra for Secondary Teachers (3 SH)
- Math 592 Understanding Natural Disasters through Simple Mathematics (3 SH)
- Math 592 Teaching Probability and Statistics (3 SH)
- Math 500 STEM in the Classroom for Grades K-12 (1 SH)
For Elementary and Middle School Teachers (taught in Minot and Mayville):
- Math 531 Elementary/Middle School Measurement (3 SH)
- Math 533 Elementary/Middle School Geometry (3 SH)
- Math 500 STEM Workshops for Grades K-12 (1 SH)
Descriptions of each course can be found HERE, except the courses described below.
- Math 592 Special Topics: Understanding Natural Disasters through Simple Mathematics (3 SH)
Mathematicians throughout the ages and across the globe are working around the clock to understand Planet Earth better through mathematics. They are studying ways to understand patterns to quantify relationships and to predict the future. Mathematics helps us understand the world, and we use the world to understand mathematics. The prime focus of this course is to provide an opportunity to early learners to develop mathematical skills that they can use to understand the Planet Earth. The earlier these young learners exercise these skills, the more likely we will be able to tackle global problems, including natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, waves, volcanoes, tornadoes, population growth, storms, diseases, and so on. In this course, we use simple but powerful mathematical concepts to study the mentioned natural disasters. For instance, algebra can explain how quickly water becomes contaminated and how many people might become sick on a yearly basis. A study of geometry can explain the science behind the architecture in Planet Earth. Similarly, statistics and probability can estimate death tolls from earthquakes, conflicts, and other natural calamities around the world. A study of trigonometry helps to understand waves, tsunamis, and hurricanes. Mathematics is a powerful tool for understanding natural disasters, and we use natural disasters to understand mathematics. June 3-14 MTWRF 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Math 592 Special Topics: Teaching Probability & Statistics (3 SH)
Every day, the newspaper and other media confront us with statistical information on topics ranging from the economy to education, from food to medicine, from movies to sports, and from public opinion to social behavior. Such information guides decisions in our personal lives, yet most high school graduates are not able to use sound statistical reasoning to intelligently cope with such information. This seminar will consist of readings, discussions and writings about teaching statistics effectively. Discussion topics include guidelines for teaching statistics at K-12, implications for teaching and learning statistics, pedagogical approaches for effective teaching of statistics, uses of technology tools for helping students to understand statistical ideas, and educational findings about how students learn statistics. Integrating and highlighting these concepts and ideas in our mathematics classrooms will help promote the must-have competencies needed by high school graduates to thrive in the modern world. June 3-14 MTWRF 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Math 500 STEM in the Classroom (1 SH)
This course is an introduction to the MiSU STEM project for students who are practicing classroom teachers. Students will author, collaborate, and share lessons for publication on the MiSU STEM Project webpage during the 15 hours of class time. (Note: STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.)
NOTE: Different sections of this course will be available in different location and for different grades levels (elementary, middle school, and high school).
* 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 $100 per credit hour stipends for 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. NOTE: The writing/research courses, MATH 589, MATH 598, and MATH 599, are not paid for by the grant.