Course DescriptionReview the skills needed to pass the Instructional Paraprofessionals exam as you explore creative ways to present math skills to students. Learn how to help students at all grade levels get excited about math. This course is applicable to teachers as well as instructional paraprofessionals.
Lesson 1: Raising the Issues
Explore different approaches to teaching math. Most of your students will not be naturally "math smart," but by identifying ways in which they are smart, you can help them understand and learn math concepts. We'll also look at how to structure math lessons and manage the classroom to help students to learn math.
Lesson 2: Instructional Activities for the Content Standards – Part I
Start reviewing basic math skills with measurement and probability.
Lesson 3: Instructional Activities for the Content Standards – Part II
Explore logical reasoning, patterns and number operations.
Lesson 4: Teaching Arithmetic – Part I
Why do we teach math? Is it about getting the right answers or about understanding how to get the right answers? See how number sense, computation and problem-solving form the three pillars of math learning.
Lesson 5: Teaching Arithmetic – Part II
Explore the place value of numbers, as well as addition and subtraction.
Lesson 6: Teaching Arithmetic – Part III
Explore multiplication (factoring, distributive property, powers of 10) and division.
Lesson 7: Teaching Arithmetic – Part IV
Explore working with fractions, including comparing fractions and performing operations with them.
Lesson 8: Teaching Arithmetic – Part V
Study numbers with decimals and percents. Most of the numbers we work with have decimals. Money problems form the first experience many students have with decimals, but probability and statistics also work with decimals and percents.
Lesson 9: Further Exploration and Putting It all Together
We'll read a collection of questions the book's author has received over the years for insight into their point of view and experience and to launch our own discussion. We'll also look back at what we've learned to create an artifact for our portfolios.
Participants will have 180 days to complete this self-paced online course.
Internet Connectivity Requirements:
- Cable/DSL internet connection recommended for best experience
- CPU: 1 GHz or higher
- RAM: 2 GB or higher
- Resolution: 1280x720 or higher
- Microphone (webinar/live online sessions)
Operating System Requirements:
- Microsoft Windows 7 or 10 (Home, Pro)
- Mac OSX 10 or higher
- Latest Chrome OS
- Latest Linux distributions
- NOTE: While we understand that our courses can be viewed on Android and iPhone devices, we do not recommend the use of these devices for our courses.
Web Browser Requirements:
- Latest Google Chrome recommended for best experience
- Latest Mozilla Firefox
- Latest Microsoft Edge
- Latest Apple Safari
Basic Software Requirements:
- Office suite software (Microsoft Office, OpenOffice or LibreOffice)
- PDF reader program (Adobe Reader or FoxIt)
- Courses may require other software (denoted in course outline above)