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K-12 Professionals

Teaching Real World Math: Tools & Techniques for the Primary Grades

EDUC 600




Instructor: Laura Cahill

Grading: Letter

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Monday, August 25, 2014 - Friday, December 19, 2014

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $345

Course Description:

This online training course will focus on appropriate instructional tools and techniques to help teachers connect math standards to instructional practice. The content will help teachers relate math basics to everyday life. The focus will be on teaching math using real world topics students are really interested in such as sports and food. The course will also discuss using real world math to help students who struggle in math to see the practical applications of what they are learning. Ideas for connecting math to literature and technology will also be shared, as well as ideas for real world math centers.


1. Teachers will become familiar with the key math standards at their grade level.
2. Teachers will become familiar with the NCTM standards.
3. Teachers will teach a math lesson to their students.
4. Teachers will learn how to match lesson objectives to math standards.
5. Teachers will learn how to connect literature to math curriculum.
6. Teachers will learn how to connect technology to math.
7. Teachers will learn how to develop a thematic unit based on a real world math theme.
8. Teachers will locate websites appropriate for a math theme.
9. Teachers will write real world math lessons.
10. Teachers will participate in an interactive math website.
11. Teachers will be able to properly use formative assessment to help guide instruction.
12. Teachers will learn how to incorporate science into a real world math lesson.
13. Teachers will learn appropriate grouping strategies for math instruction.
14. Teachers will learn how to incorporate social studies into a real world math lesson.
15. Teachers will learn how to develop real world math centers, how to decide on which centers to create, and how to evaluate student progress after using centers.
16. Teachers will learn how to use real world math scenarios to help students build critical thinking skills to solve more complex math problems.
17. Teachers will be able to incorporate real world math concepts as an intervention strategy.

Required Text:

“Math Exchanges: Guiding Young Mathematicians in Small Group Meetings” by Kassia Omohundro Wedekind.

Text can be found at Amazon.com or at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1571108262/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=211189&creative=373489&creativeASIN=1571108262&link_code=as3&tag=profesdevel00-20

About The Instructor

Laura Cahill
Laura Cahill earned her M.A. from Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey in Elementary Education. She earned her B.A. from the College of New Jersey, Ewing, New Jersey in Political Science. Laura received the NJ's Governor's School Teacher of the Year Award in 2011.

Special Instructions:

The total cost includes the NDSU graduate credit however textbooks are not included.

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**Registration Instructions:

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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