Math 266:  Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers

Texts .  Mathematics for Elementary Teachers with Activities (Fourth Edition) by Sybilla Beckmann.  The access code is not required. 

       We will cover the material of chapters 1-7.2. 

Prerequisites .  Two years of high school mathematics; RESTRICTED to elementary education students

Instructor .  Professor Rachel Roberts
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Office .   Cupples I  106, 935-8527

Office Hours.   TBA, in my office: Cupples I, 106

Meeting Time and Place.   TTh 10-11:30am in  Cupples I, room 218

Main goal: To become fluent in the mathematics taught at the elementary school level. An emphasis will be placed on understanding concepts (i.e., why things work). 

Homework.   There will be weekly homework sets, due Thursdays 5pm. Homework due dates will be strict; however, I will drop the two lowest homework scores.

There will be a lot of in-class work, including presentations.                      

Exams .   There will be two exams: an in-class midterm exam on Thursday, March 5, 2014, and a final exam 6-8 pm on Tuesday,  May 5, 2014.

Grading System .   Your grade will be based on the following.



In-class Work


Midterm Exam


Final Exam



            Students taking the course with the "Credit/No Credit" ("Pass/Fail") grading option must earn a grade of "D" or better to receive a "pass".

            Any students taking the course on an "audit" basis should talk with the instructor to determine what criteria will be used to award a grade of "successful audit."