Summer 2021 - EDUC 475 E100

Designs for Learning: Elementary Mathematics (4)

Class Number: 2416

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 5:30 PM – 9:20 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 delivered remotely.  All students are expected to be online and available during scheduled class times.

This course will use a blend of synchronous and asynchronous instruction and is designed for prospective elementary teachers to engage with and explore the fundamentals of both teaching and learning in relation to mathematics.

Through engagement with selected readings and class discussions, students will explore and develop their own beliefs and values about learning and teaching mathematics.

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


  • Curriculum Paper 15%
  • Exploring Web Resources 20%
  • Reflective Journal 20%
  • Collaborative Problem Solving Portfolio 20%
  • Unit Plan 25%


There is no midterm or final exam for this course.



Van de Walle, J., Karp, K., Bay-Williams, J., & McGarvey, L. (2017). Elementary & middle school mathematics: Fifth Canadian edition. Scarborough, ON: Pearson Education Canada.

*Note: Although other editions are fine, ensure you purchase a Canadian edition.

Digital version available for rent at:

*Note: Most students last year expressed that this book is worth purchasing and that they would utilize it as a resource in their future teaching.
ISBN: 9780134095912


Additional readings will be provided by the instructor.

Registrar Notes:


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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.


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).