Spring 2021 - EDUC 823 G031

Curriculum and Instruction in an Individual Teaching Speciality (5)

Class Number: 3795

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA



An intensive examination of developments in a curriculum area selected by the student. In addition the course will deal with major philosophical and historical factors that influence the present state and future directions of curriculum and instruction.


Dates: November 27-29
December 11-13
January 29-31
March 12-14


Fridays            5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturdays        9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sundays          9:00 am – 1:00 pm


  • Problem Solving Portfolio 30%
  • Written Journal 30%
  • EDUC 823 Blog 40%


1. Problem Solving Portfolio (30%)

Throughout the course you will be given several mathematics-based problems to work on – both in class and as homework. Each of these will be kept in a portfolio. It is expected that you will work collaboratively on these problems. The evaluation of this portfolio will be discussed as the course evolves. The portfolio is due on the Friday of weekend #4.

2. Written Journal (30%)

Throughout the course you will be asked to record your thoughts and ideas about concepts discussed in this class, as well as experiences within your own classroom. Sometimes you will be asked to make 'quick write' entries, sometimes you will be asked to make more thoughtful and detailed responses as homework. Each entry should be preceded by the date of the entry as well as a title restating the writing prompt. Some prompts will be used more than once. Your entries are meant to reflect YOUR thoughts. There are no correct answers. In fact, sometimes you will not have any answers – only questions. All I ask is that you engage with these entries in a sincere and authentic fashion. The entire journal is due on Sunday of weekend #4 (extension possible).

3. EDUC 823 Blog (40%)

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 823 Blog. At the same time, you will also be required to participate in the discussions hosted by your classmates.



Liljedahl, Peter. (2020). Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics, Grades K-12: 14 Teaching Practices for Enhancing Learning. Corwin.

ISBN: 978-1544374833

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


Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).