Teacher Education

Teaching Mathematics in Early Childhood Classrooms (Pre K-3)

Teaching Mathematics in Early Childhood Classrooms (Pre K-3)
Study the teaching and learning of early childhood mathematics guided by current principles relating to mathematics content, social interaction, student thinking, and child development.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesMTHED 305; ECE 441 and 442 concurrent.
 TaughtFall, Winter
 ProgramsContaining ECE 447
Course Outcomes: 

ECE 447 Course Outcomes

  • Establish mathematics goals that accommodate students' varied mathematical trajectories and align appropriately with state content and practice standards as well as informal and formal assessments of student thinking.
  • Select and/or design worthwhile mathematical tasks that include varying levels of cognitive demand, thus increasing access to learning.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate inquiry-based lessons as structured by the Launch-Explore-Summarize (Discuss/Debrief) teaching and learning cycles or sequences.
  • Anticipate student mathematical thinking (for planning lessons and/or units, orchestrating discourse, questioning, etc.)
  • Create high levels of mathematical interaction by planning for discussion, questioning, and establishing a supportive classroom environment.
  • Adapt instruction to address the diverse learning strengths and needs of both groups and individuals.
  • Assess student learning, both formatively and summatively, using a range of appropriate strategies, and employ the results of assessment in guiding instruction.
  • Practice professionalism: In commitment to learning to teach, in appearance and demeanor, and in the quality of work submitted.