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General Course Information for TED350: Math and Science Methods

Course: TED350 - Math and Science Methods
Textbook: For the correct edition of the textbook assigned to a specific class, go to: http://www.nutextdirect.com

Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Description:

Includes content, methods, and materials for teaching mathematics and science in an integrated elementary classroom. Strategies for implementing and assessing student achievement will be introduced.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate the background and skills necessary to teach standards-based elementary math and science and to develop instructional materials so as to create a positive learning environment in the cross-cultural, linguistically diverse classroom.
  • Acquire skills through inquiry, the scientific method, to foster the ability of students to evaluate information, think analytically, and reach sound conclusions.
  • Acquire techniques to effectively use technology to access the core curriculum, integrate math and science across the curriculum, organize teaching, and investigate web resources.
  • Identify a list of websites that could be used to enhance mathematics and science instruction and to integrate math and science across the curriculum.
  • Properly identify students' prior knowledge, select appropriate instructional objectives, and measure student progress.
  • Compare and contrast formal and informal methods to assess students' needs and achievements, as well as an awareness of cultural and linguistic limitations of assessment practices and instruments.
  • Demonstrate classroom management strategies such as organizing and arranging a classroom, managing student work, and maintaining accountability as they relate to the teaching of mathematics and science.
  • Recognize the importance of fostering positive self-esteem in all students by providing suitable reinforcement and feedback.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Adhere to professional standards and ethics.
  • Apply educational technology to meet the needs of all learners.
  • Apply educational technology to meet the needs of all learners.
  • Consider students' knowledge when designing, implementing, and assessing curriculum to promote developmentally appropriate learning outcomes for all children.
  • Create positive learning environment that ensures healthy human growth.
  • Create positive learning environments that ensure healthy human growth.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the learning needs and developmental issues of students to create positive learning environments that ensures healthy human growth.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of interdisciplinary theory and the practice of critical thinking for the collection, validation, analysis, and synthesis of historical data and new information
  • Demonstrate application of educational technology to meet the needs of all learners including those with special needs and linguistically and culturally diverse students; this was originally one - split into 2 for clarity and language.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of child and adolescent development in order to explain how to support growth in cognitive, social, physical and emotional domains.
  • Demonstrate professional standards and ethics.
  • Demonstrate understanding through use of systematic observations, documentation and other effective assessment strategies in a responsible manner to facilitate and account for learning, and to support positive growth.
  • Design, implement and evaluate standards-based lesson plans for learning and achievement in content areas.
  • Design, implement and evaluate standards-based lesson plans for learning and achievement in content areas.
  • Explain how to support growth in cognitive, social, physical, and emotional domains.
  • Explain how to support growth in cognitive, social, physical, and emotional domains
  • Explain the integration of knowledge in a global contact and engage in collaborative research across disciplines.
  • Use information communications technology for knowledge sharing and the interdisciplinary approach.
  • Utilize different teaching strategies to accomplish the teaching and learning goals.
  • Utilize different teaching strategies to accomplish the teaching and learning goals
  • Utilize systematic observations, documentation and other assessment strategies to facilitate and account for learning, and to support positive growth.
  • Utilize systematic observations, documentation, and other assessment strategies to facilitate and account for learning and to support positive growth.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like: http://nu.libguides.com/citations

National University Library:
National University Library supports academic rigor and student academic success by providing access to scholarly books and journals both electronically and in hard copy. Print materials may be accessed at the Library in San Diego or through document delivery for online and regional students. Librarians are available to provide training, reference assistance, and mentoring at the San Diego Library and virtually for online or regional students. Please take advantage of Library resources:

URL: http://www.nu.edu/library.

Contact the Library:

  • RefDesk@nu.edu
  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml

Ethics:
Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Technology:
Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Diversity:
Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

Civility:
As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures