Summer 2023 - EDUC 475 E400

Designs for Learning: Elementary Mathematics (4)

Class Number: 4501

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 8 – Aug 4, 2023: Wed, 4:30–8:20 p.m.

  • 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 as it applies to mathematics. Each class will have both a pedagogical and a mathematical focus.

Through engagement in selected readings, classroom discussion, and collaborative inquiry, students will be given the opportunity to explore their own beliefs and values about teaching mathematics.

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


  • Mathematics Curriculum Paper 25%
  • Communicating/Representing and Reflecting/Connecting 25%
  • Mathematics Problem Solving Assignment 25%
  • In Class Activity Presentation 25%


Students will be expected to attend all classes, and to participate fully in class work and discussions. The assignments outlined here are subject to change. 

The details of the assessment process will be shared in the first class and may evolve as the class progresses. Evidence of performance will be gathered via course assignments and observations in class.

*There is no final exam for this course.


Mathematics Curriculum Paper: With the newly revised BC curriculum, you will frequently encounter questions from the general public regarding the change — some will be positive, some will not. This assignment is asking you to anticipate what those questions might be and then consider what response you will offer. What will you say that demonstrates both your professionalism and your knowledge of a document that is vital to the teaching and learning process? (1000-2000 words) (25%)

Communicating/Representing and Reflecting/Connecting: These are curricular competencies within the mathematics curriculum. These competencies will be assessed through goal setting and self-assessments. (25%)

Mathematics Problem Solving Assignment: You’ll be engaged in problem solving activities in class every week. These problems will vary in character, including open-ended math questions. (500-1000 words per problem) (25%)

In Class Activity Presentation: Working with a partner, you will be asked to select and present two activities from the course textbook as part of a lesson plan. (500-1000 words per activity) (25%)



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

Due to recent challenges in finding this edition, please feel free to purchase any edition that you can find, and we will adapt for this in class.


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.