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Idaho State University

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 Fall 2020

In response to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we have worked to provide a fully online version of the Teaching Mathematical Thinking course. Registration is limited to 50 teachers per instructor. 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:

  • October 5-December 20, 2020
  • October 5 - October 11: Module 1
  • October 12 - October 18: Module 2
  • October 19 - October 25: Module 3
  • October 26 - November 1: Module 4
  • November 2 - November 8: Module 5
  • November 9 - November 15: Module 6
  • November 16 - November 22 : Module 7
  • November 23- November 29: Thanksgiving Break
  • November 30 - December 6: Module 8
  • December 7- December 13: Module 9
  • December 14 - December 20: Module 10

* The above schedule is the minimum expectation. You'll be able to move ahead through the modules at as quickly as you would like, but you may not fall behind. 

 

Course Completion
You will need to complete all online assignments by December 20. 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. 
  • Once a module is completed, the next one will open. 
  • 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 (typically through Desmos)
    • Reflection Prompt: Typed/recorded post in response to a question based on the Interactive Presentations, tasks, and readings
    • Zoom Sessions: During Week 5 and Week 10 you will be expected to attend a live Zoom session (60-90 minutes) with the instructor. Most likely the sessions will be in the evening. 

Register Now!

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.