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Teaching Mathematical Thinking

MTI Equivalent
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This course provides an opportunity to study fundamental mathematical theory underlying the content area of number and operation and structures of algebraic thinking. Topics will include: meanings of operations and how they relate to one another, computation within the number system as a foundation for algebra, the use of mathematical models, and the understanding student thinking. Emphasis will be given to developing ideas about multiplicative thinking, proportional reasoning, and algebraic reasoning.

Teaching Mathematical Thinking is a three (3) credit course that will be offered year round in various location throughout Regions 4, 5, and 6. Courses for every grade level: elementary, middle, and high school have been developed to ensure teachers have the tools necessary to educate their students and ensure they are successful in math. Below is a schedule for all TMT courses currently being offered through Idaho State University.

TMT courses offered by the Idaho State University Regional Math Center are funded by the Idaho State Department of Education and offered by Idaho Regional Math Centers to satisfy the MTI Course requirement for Idaho Teacher (re)certification.

To request your professional development transcript, click here. 

Online TMT Schedule for Spring 2021

In response to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we have worked to provide a fully online version of the Teaching Mathematical Thinking course. The course requires payment for the 3 professional development credits ($165) at registration. If you encounter problems, please contact the ISU Regional Math Center: irmc@isu.edu

Description:
This course provides an opportunity to study fundamental mathematical theory underlying the content area of number and operation and structures of algebraic thinking. Topics will include: meanings of operations and how they relate to one another, computation within the number system as a foundation for algebra, the use of mathematical models, and the understanding student thinking. Emphasis will be given to developing ideas about multiplicative thinking, proportional reasoning, and algebraic reasoning.

Course Schedule:

  • April 1 - April 10: Module 1   (Opens April 1)
  • April 11 - April 17: Module 2  (Opens April 1)
  • April 18 - April 24: Module 3  (Opens April 11)
  • April 25 - May 1: Module 4  (Opens April 18)
  • May 2 - May 8: Module 5  (Opens April 25)
  • May 9 - May 15: Break
  • May 16 - May 22 : Module 6 (Opens May 2)
  • May 23 - May 29: Module 7 (Opens May 9)
  • May 30 - Jun 5: Module 8  (Opens May 16)
  • June 6 - June 12: Module 9  (Opens May 23)
  • June 13 - June 19: Module 10  (Opens May 30)

Course Completion
You will need to complete all online assignments by June 19, 2021. Participants are expected to stay with the following schedule. Modules will open a full week before the scheduled week. Once you have completed all the required work, the final module, Course Completion, will be opened. You will be able to download a course completion certificate and receive instructions to request your transcript. 

Module Layout 

  • There are 10 modules that need to be completed in order. 
  • Each module will take approximately 4.5 hours to complete. This is a 3 credit course which requires a minimum of 45 classroom hours. 
  • The checkbox to the right of each assignment will automatically be checked once you've completed that activity. 
  • There are a couple exceptions but generally each part of a module will look like this…
    • Module Reading with annotations
    • Interactive Presentations
    • Module Math Task
    • Reflection Prompt: Typed/recorded post in response to a question based on the Interactive Presentations, tasks, and readings

Registration:

Register Here

Note: Once you have registered, there will be no refund. Idaho State University has partnered with the Idaho State Department of Education to develop a professional development course, Teaching Mathematical Thinking, as part as the Idaho Math Initiative to ensure teachers are given the opportunity to stay current in mathematical education and research for their classrooms.