Summer 2021 - EDUC 475 D400

Designs for Learning: Elementary Mathematics (4)

Class Number: 2414

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM

  • 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 will be offered remotely and synchronously.  Students are expected to be online and available during scheduled class time.

This course is designed for prospective and practicing elementary school teachers who wish to explore the fundamentals of the learning/teaching process as it applies to mathematics. Students will explore mathematical teaching through their own experiences as mathematics learners. The course will draw on the latest research in mathematics learning, and will show how such findings may be used in the classroom.


  • Students will be become familiar the realities of mathematical learning by examining their own learning powers and patterns.
  • Students will feel more at ease with the subject of mathematics.
  • Students will be able to deal confidently with the prescribed curriculum.
  • Students will be able to plan mathematical instruction using contemporary ideas around the teaching and learning of mathematics.


  • Reflective Journal 40%
  • Curriculum Exploration 30%
  • Digital Resources Exploration 30%


More information provided in the first lesson.


Participation is mandatory for this course. This will take three forms – attendance, group work, and involvement in class discussion. If class is missed for either a foreseeable or unforeseeable reason please see me and a makeup assignment will be arranged. A large part of every lesson will involve small group work and whole class discussion. Your involvement in both of these is expected. Learning happens through dialogues not monologues.



Computer with camera, microphone, and stable WIFI connection. All lessons will take place using ZOOM and active participation is required.


Van de Walle, Karp, K., Bay-Williams, J., & McGarvey, L. (2017) Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally, Fifth Canadian Edition. Pearson Education Canada.
ISBN: 9780134095912

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in summer 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods, but we will continue to have in-person experiential activities for a selection of courses.  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 ( or 778-782-3112).