Summer 2019 - EDUC 475 E100

Designs for Learning: Elementary Mathematics (4)

Class Number: 4198

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
    EDB 7509, Burnaby

  • 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.


This course is designed for prospective and practicing elementary school teachers who wish to explore the fundamentals of teaching and learning as it applies to mathematics. Each class will have both a pedagogical and a mathematical focus.

Through engagement in selected readings, classroom discussion, and collaborative inquiry, students will be given the opportunity to explore their own beliefs and values about teaching mathematics.

On completion of the course it is hoped that participants will feel more at ease with the subject of mathematics, be able to deal confidently with the prescribed curriculum, and gain a practical sense of how it unfolds in the classroom.


  • Reflective Journal Assignment: Each week you will be given journal prompt(s) related to specific topics and/or ideas that arise from the readings and class discussions. 25%
  • Mathematics Problem Solving Assignment: You’ll be engaged in problem solving activities in class every week. These problems will vary in character, including open-ended math questions. 20%
  • Math Play: This assignment will be worked on in groups of 2 or 3. Beginning with a fictional mathematical interaction between a student and a teacher, you are to formulate a diagnosis of the source of the error and a plan for remediation. 20%
  • Written Assignment: The topic will be specified in class. 25%
  • In Class Activity Presentation: Working individually or with a partner, you will be asked to select and present an activity from the course textbook. 10%


There is no final exam for this course.  Grading and assignments are subject to change.


Students will be expected to attend all classes, and to participate fully in class work and discussions.



Van de Walle, John A., Folk, S., Karp, K., & Bay-Williams, J. (2018) Elementary & Middle School Mathematics: Fifth Canadian Edition. Pearson Education Canada.
ISBN: 9780134095912

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