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Semester and Year Offered: Semester III (Monsoon Semester 2020)
Course Coordinator and Team: Dr. Gunjan Sharma (C) and Mr. Sanjay Raghav (adjunct faculty) (TBC)
Email of course coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-requisites: Mathematics as a regular subject at senior secondary school level
- To critically engage the participant teachers with pre-algebraic competencies to develop algebraic thinking for their students.
- To critically engage the participant teachers with patterns in arithmetic and geometry and help the teachers to analyze and generalize them in more formal algebraic expressions
- To help the participant teachers to critically engage with students’ conceptions and errors in algebra in middle school and develop a structured understanding of student’s error and misconceptions.
- To give useful guide to the participant teachers to plan strategies to help to develop algebraic thinking for their students.
- Identify the essential components in algebraic thinking in middle and secondary school.
- Develop effective lessons to develop or assess the pre-algebraic competencies for their students.
- Critically engage with and make sense of children's misconceptions and errors in algebra in middle and secondary school and develop strategies to help the children in the same.
- Identify the essential components in mathematical proofs and proving in middle school geometric problems and theorems.
- Design effective lessons on proving and proofs in middle school geometry for their students.
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
The course aims to equip participants to understand the concerns in the teaching and learning of algebra and the theory of proving in middle and secondary school geometry and design lessons to develop the necessary mathematical skills and dispositions for their students. This is achieved through two modules that are further organised in sub-modules.
Module 1: Pre-algebra and Algebraic Thinking (24 hours): This module is organised in three parts: Overview and analysis of pre-algebraic skills; Patterns, generalizations and stages in development of algebraic thinking focus on fundamentals of algebraic thinking; and Common conceptual errors in algebra in middle school.
Module 2: Levels in geometric thinking and its implications to proving and proofs in geometry (24 hours): This module has two components: Stages in geometric thinking; Steps in proving geometric statements: The syntax and the theory; and
Assessment Details with weights:
- Attendance and participation (20%)
- Activities Design (40%)
- Making a handbook /Teacher/student manual/TLM for the teachers or students to develop algebraic understanding and geometric understanding in middle and secondary school students/teachers (40%)
Essential (may be revised):
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