Pedagogy A: Secondary Mathematics

3 CREDITS    |    TERM 2 

Pedagogy is the flexible application of learning theories in problem-solving contexts. Pedagogical knowledge includes understanding and applying learning theories; developing subject matter expertise; implementing general and discipline-specific instructional strategies and practices; developing, analyzing and modifying curriculum; assessing outcomes of learning; and developing professional self-efficacy, collegiality and community to address problems of practice. In these pedagogy courses, candidates build an understanding of the importance of planning, instruction, assessment and reflection as necessary elements in the teaching and learning cycle.

Candidates design and teach a balanced and clearly aligned standards-based lesson with a progression of tasks that build on each other to promote an understanding of the designated mathematical concepts and procedures. The learning tasks are justified by the candidate’s explanation of their appropriateness for the students with references to relevant research and/or learning theory. The learning tasks and materials draw upon students’ academic development, social/emotional development and experiences to help students reach the standards/learning objectives. Included in this lesson, candidates will create a set of assessments that provide evidence of learning relative to the standards being taught. Candidates will demonstrate a deeper analysis of student understanding by producing an analysis of student work as a whole class and more extensive analysis of three individual students that represents gifted (high achiever), special needs and ELL subgroups within the classroom. The MAT candidate teaches a lesson using strategies to promote intellectual engagement that offers opportunities for students to develop an understanding of mathematical concepts, procedures and reasoning.