# Description of Mathematics

**MTHT 491: Topics in Teaching
Elementary/Junior High
School Mathematics: Number Theory for
Middle School Teachers.
4 graduate credit hours.**

This course is about number theory and the

foundations of arithmetic . We will investigate the

structure of different number systems , and focus our

attention on properties of the integers and the rational

numbers (fractions). We will investigate prime

numbers, factoring , divisibility, greatest common

divisors and least common multiples , modular

arithmetic, and other topics.

Instructor: Prof. John M. Masley

Classes meet: Wednesdays, January 16 – May 7,

2008, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., except March 19 and

April 16.

Location: UIC, Room and Building TBA

ISBE Requirement Area: Algebra and Number or

general content

**MTHT 550: Concepts and Methods in**

Elementary School Mathematics II.

4 graduate credit hours.

Elementary School Mathematics II.

4 graduate credit hours.

In this course we examine, in greater depth, the

mathematics content of the Middle School. A great

focus will be placed on how we can facilitate the

learning of these concepts. We will present a variety

of activities, problems and puzzles to enhance

learning, to help students acquire the concepts, to

develop computational skills as well as a deeper

understanding. We will deal with such topics as

measurement, including area and volume, directed

numbers, fractions and rational numbers, decimal

numbers – repeating and non-repeating and explore

some topics like combinatorics and number theory.

Instructor: Prof. A. I. Weinzweig

Classes meet: Tuesdays, January 15 – May 6, 2008,

4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., except March 18.

Location: UIC, Science and Engineering South

Building (SEO) , Room 600

ISBE Requirement Area: Methods

**MTHT 591: Topics in Teaching
Elementary/Junior High
School Mathematics: Algebra Initiative II.
4 graduate credit hours.**

The course builds on the foundation of the first course

in the Algebra Initiative sequence (MTHT 465) to

deepen and extend teachers' knowledge of algebra

and the teaching of algebra. Topics included are

solving quadratic equations, introduction to higher

order polynomials , graphing parabolas, and geometric

sequences and series. Problem solving, building

connections between algebra and arithmetic

and geometry, and developing strategies for

incorporating algebraic processes and content into

mathematics instruction at different grade levels are

integral to the course. Examining student work and

addressing student misconceptions in algebra will

also be part of the course. Course will include review

of course topics included on CPS Algebra Qualifying

Exam.

Instructor: Prof. Regeta Slaughter

Classes meet: Thursdays, January 17 – May 8, 2008,

4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., except March 20 and April 17

Location: Medill, Room TBA

ISBE Requirement Area: Algebra and Number or

general content

**EPSY 446: Characteristics of Early
Adolescence. 3 graduate credit hours.**

Physiological, social, emotional and cognitive

development of early adolescence. The relationship

between these developmental characteristics and

success in the middle grades.

Instructor: Amy Weaver

Classes meet: Mondays, January 28 – May 5, 2008,

4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., except for February 18, March

3 and March 17. There will be an additional class

meeting the week of May 5.

Location: Medill, Room TBA

ISBE Requirement Area: Education

**CIE 484: Curriculum and Instruction in**

the Middle School.

3 graduate credit hours.

the Middle School.

3 graduate credit hours.

Philosophy, curriculum, and instructional methods for

teaching middle grade students (grades five through

eight). Content area reading is included.

Instructor: Bill Giannetos

Classes meet: Tuesdays, January 15– May 6, 2008,

4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., except for February 12 and

March 18.

Location: Medill, Room TBA

ISBE Requirement Area: Education

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