Summer 2023 - EDUC 475 D100

Designs for Learning: Elementary Mathematics (4)

Class Number: 4499

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    EDB 7608, 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 to engage with and explore the fundamentals of both teaching and learning in relation to mathematics.

Through engagement with selected readings, classroom discussion, and collaborative inquiry, students will explore and develop their own beliefs and values about 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.


  • Reflecting on teaching and learning mathematics 45%
  • Planning for teaching and learning mathematics 55%


* There is no midterm or final exam for this course. Students will be graded over several assignments related to reflection and planning activities. More information will be provided in the first lesson.


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



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

Any additional readings will be provided by the instructor.



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Registrar Notes:


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