Spring 2020 - EDUC 847 G001

Teaching and Learning Mathematics (5)

Class Number: 2403

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 4:30 PM – 9:20 PM
    SECB 1014, Burnaby



The theory and practice of mathematics teaching at the secondary level. Emphasis on the nature of the learner and the function of the teacher.


  • Theories of learning
  • Theories of teaching
  • Building thinking classrooms
  • Progressive assessment strategies


  • Problem Solving Assignments: Throughout the course students will be given several mathematics-based problems to work on. Three of these will need to be handed in. 25%
  • Journal: A portion of each meeting will be dedicated to the discussion of a variety of pedagogical/didactical issues (one each week). During the subsequent weeks students are expected to incorporate this method into your teaching. Students are to record your efforts, thoughts, and questions in a teaching journal. Students may also be asked to respond to specific prompts either as a take home journal prompt or an in-class quick write prompt. 25%
  • Paper: A 10 page (double spaced) essay on Experiencing School Mathematics: Traditional and Reform Approaches to Teaching and Their Impact on Student Learning. 25%
  • EDUC 847 Blog: For the entire length of the course you will be required to enact the things we are learning in your own classroom. You will discuss your efforts, successes, failures, questions, and musings in your own discussion room in the EDUC 847 Blog. At the same time, you will also be required to participate in the discussions hosted by your classmates. 25%
  • Participation: Participation is mandatory for this course. This will take three forms – attendance, group work, and involvement in class discussion. 0%


Registration in the Secondary Mathematics master’s program, or permission of the instructor.  



Supplementary material will be given out on a regular basis.


Experiencing School Mathematics: Traditional and Reform Approaches to Teaching and Their Impact on Student Learning – Jo Boaler ISBN 9780805840056  

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html