Summer 2019 - EDUC 475 D200

Designs for Learning: Elementary Mathematics (4)

Class Number: 4194

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    SUR 5080, Surrey

  • Prerequisites:

    EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403. Students must successfully complete an SFU criminal records check.



Focuses on teaching elementary school mathematics. Students explore mathematical learning, their own mathematical thinking, and curriculum; and plan mathematical instruction within a consistent framework using appropriate instructional materials and methods. Quantitative.


When we reflect on our childhood memories of school mathematics, some of us will recall good memories; unfortunately, many others will express horrible instances of fear, distress, unease, and boredom. The importance of mathematics in the twenty - first century has become obvious with the advent of new technologies providing a deeper understanding of how the world works. However, many children, though exposed to these technologies are not confident in their understanding of mathematics. Many of them will describe their school mathematics experiences today similar to those of adults. As such, EDUC 475 will, therefore, focus on how to teach children mathematics for conceptual understanding to empower them to think and act mathematically. The following focus questions will act as a guide towards these understandings.

  • How does a child learn mathematics?
  • How does one teach to promote such learning?
  • What does it mean to develop understanding in mathematics?
  • What does it mean to do mathematics?
The course will also focus on providing a basic understanding of the reform movement in mathematics and include exposure to the use of technology to develop basic digital literacy skills.


  • Movement in Mathematics Reform 15%
  • Problem Solving 20%
  • Group Assignment 25%
  • Journal 20%
  • Math Play 20%


All assignments for submission should be done online/in person as indicated on the assignment. Use APA style and ensure that assignments are doubled spaced with font style Times New Roman and font size 12. Appropriate referencing is also encouraged. Please use files (doc, docx) for online submissions.




Building Student Success

Math Playground

nrich Mathematics Problems, Games and Articles

Good Problems


Van de Walle, J.A (2018). Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally (5th. Ed.). Scarborough: Pearson Education.
ISBN: 9780134095912

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