Summer 2023 - EDUC 475 E100

Designs for Learning: Elementary Mathematics (4)

Class Number: 4423

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 4:30 PM – 8:20 PM
    WMC 3255, 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 who wish to explore the fundamentals of teaching and learning of mathematics in elementary school. Through engagement with selected textbook chapters, discussions, collaborative problem-solving experiences and group activities students will explore and develop their own beliefs and values about teaching mathematics.


Upon completion of the course, the participants will feel more at ease with teaching the subject of mathematics at the K-7 level, will be able to deal confidently with the prescribed British Columbia mathematics curriculum, and gain a practical sense of how it might unfold in the classroom.


  • Group Discussions 20%
  • Group Lesson Presentation 20%
  • Collaborative Problem Solving 20%
  • Reflective Journal 20%
  • Resource Binder 20%


This course will be delivered in person on Burnaby campus. All students are expected to be physically present during scheduled class times. Mindful engagement in all group work and discussions is expected. The success of this class is dependent upon the preparation and active participation of everyone in our learning community.



Van de Walle, Karp, K., Bay-Williams, J., & McGarvey, L. (2021) Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally, Sixth Canadian Edition. Pearson Canada

Note: Acquiring a hard copy of the textbook is strongly recommended. Earlier editions of this text are acceptable, but Canadian edition is preferred.

Please bring a laptop or a tablet to class to have access to materials posted on Canvas.


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at:

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website 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.


Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the semester are encouraged to assess their needs as soon as possible and review the Multifaith religious accommodations website. The page outlines ways they begin working toward an accommodation and ensure solutions can be reached in a timely fashion.