Illinois State University Mathematics Department

MAT 223: Introduction to Secondary Mathematics Education

Fall 2000
4:00 - 4:50 pm Tuesdays STV 311
Dr. Roger Day (

Course Sy1labus

Catalog Description
Course Goals
Contact Information
Office Hours
Course Activities
Course Grades
Available Resources
Withdrawal Dates
MAT 223 Homepage

Catalog Description

An introduction to secondary mathematics teaching centered around classroom observations, discussion of teaching and learning, and doing mathematics.

Course Goals

The Mathematics Department has established five goals for this course:
  1. Experience the learning of mathematics in an environment envisioned by the Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics and the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, both developed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).
  2. Develop a description of what a professional mathematics teacher's role is in selecting content for the classroom, planning activities for a lesson, structuring contexts for student learning, performing self-evaluation of personal growth and effectiveness, and remaining professionally alive.
  3. Develop criteria for analyzing mathematics lessons (experiences) in light of the NCTM's Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics, the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, and the Professional Standards for Teaching Mathematics.
  4. Compare and contrast the current vision of reform of mathematics education with your own experiences in mathematics education.
  5. Write a personal philosophy of mathematics education, describing mathematics, school mathematics, and mathematics teaching/learning.


Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, published in 2000 by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Contact Information

phone: 438-7096 (office)

Office Hours

Mondays 3-4
Wednesdays 10-11

Other times can be arranged. Please make an appointment.

Course Activities

Course activities will include instructor and student presentations, discussion of readings and assignments, observation of classroom teaching and learning (live and video tape), attendance at the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting in Springfield on October 20-21, and group and individual work outside class.

Course Grades

Your grade is based on my evaluation of your completed assignments and your participation in the course. Here are the major required components of the course that will be evaluated to determine your course grade. Details of the requirements will be specified in class.

Available Resources

STV 302 is open regularly for your use. There are multiple copies of many books, booklets, pamphlets, and journals. You may use the materials there or check them out on a limited basis.

The course web page has links to materials related to the course and to mathematics education.

Attendance, Make-up Work, and Extra Credit

Your active involvement -- individually, in small groups, and with the entire class -- is an important way for you to help meet the course objectives. For you to be involved, you must be present. If you are now aware of attendance conflicts or should you become aware of such conflicts, please let me know of them as soon as possible.

The deadlines, due dates, and test dates described in the written course requirements and announced during class are just that. Plan ahead to complete the required tasks on time; be prepared for quizzes, tests, and the course exam. Make-up work is negotiated on an individual basis only under emergency situations.

The course requirements are designed to meet the objectives of the course. Unless announced otherwise, there is no extra credit as a substitute for successful completion of the required components of the course.

I invite and appreciate your comments and suggestions for the course as it unfolds. Please share with me in person or in writing your reactions and perceptions. Your contributions will serve to enhance the course for you, your classmates, and future students.

Important Dates

03 September: last day to: withdraw from a course with no withdrawal grade assigned
04 September: University Holiday (Labor Day) no classes
22 September: last day to withdraw with a withdrawal grade (WX) assigned

13 October: University Holiday (Fall Break) no classes

10 November: last day to withdraw from the University
22 November: University Holiday (Thanksgiving Break) begins @ 5:30 pm

09 December: last day of Fall Semester classes
15 December: MAT 223 Semester Exam (10:00 am)

Any student needing to arrange a reasonable accommodation for a documented disability should contact Disability Concerns at 350 Fell Hall, 438-5853 (voice), 438-8620 (TDD).