Meeting Times:  Tuesday nights at East Burke Middle School, Icard, NC
 
Instructors: 
Dr. Sarah J. Greenwald, 8282622363,
greenwaldsj@appstate.edu
Dr. Greg Rhoads, 8282622741 , gsr@math.appstate.edu Appalachian State University 121 Bodenheimer Walker Hall Department of Mathematical Sciences Boone, NC 28608 Department Phone 8282623050 Department Fax 8282658617  
Description: 
Students benefit by learning mathematics within the context of its historical
progression. The inclusion of women and minority mathematicians during
discussions of mathematicians is also beneficial, as students will see
mathematics as a discipline for everyone that transcends culture, time, race
and gender. In this course we will examine the history of mathematics and
its role in school classrooms. We will develop the ability to find good,
reliable references and will use these references to create classroom
worksheets and activities. In the process we will learn about the history of
algebra, geometry, number theory and other areas of mathematics and about the
culturally diverse mathematicians who worked in these areas.
This course is a required course for the Math concentration for the Masters of
Arts in
Middle Grades Education
and a content elective for the Advanced Masters of Arts in
Mathematics Teaching.
 
Required Resources:  Agnesi to Zeno: Over 100 Vignettes from the History of Math
by
Sanderson Smith, Publisher:
Key Curriculum Press; ISBN: 155953107X; (December 1996)
Geometry: Activities from Many CULTURES by Beatrice Lumpkin, Publisher: J Weston Walch; ISBN: 0825132851; (September 1998) Handouts will also be provided. A loose leaf notebook will be helpful for organizing your papers. Certain assignments will require that you have web access. Certain assignments will require that you complete your work on a word processor (such as Microsoft Word) so that you can email your work to us as an attachment.  
Attendance:  Class attendance, class participation, and completed assignments
handed in on time are expected. Late work will not be
accepted. Attendance and participation will be included as
part of your grade.
 
Methodology:  This is a mathematics content course, which means
that it will stimulate the intellectual growth of each participant.
While some of the mathematics covered
in the course will be related in meaningful ways
to materials that can be taken into the classroom,
the primary purpose of the course is your mathematical development.
Even so, we will also see that no matter what the content topic,
it is almost always possible to take some element
of our work back to the classroom, although sometimes this
requires creativity.
 
Assessment: 
 
Classwork and Homework:  Problems and explorations will be given regularly. Some of these
will be completed individually, while others will be completed in
groups. You may be asked to write up solutions, reflections,
or your reactions. You will be expected to share solutions and
approaches in class.
 
Final Project: 
Each student will complete a project
on the history of a content area. This project may include
a written report and an oral presentation.
Each student will also develop one related lesson plan,
notes for the teacher, and solutions.
The notes for the teacher will
reflect on the possible benefits and difficulties
of implementation of the lesson plan
and their relationship to the North Carolina Middle Grades
68 Mathematics Curriculum and/or the NCTM
Principles and Standards.

Principles and Standards for School Mathematics
Mathematics is one of the greatest cultural and intellectual
achievements of humankind, and citizens should develop an appreciation and understanding of that achievement" (NCTM 2000, p. 4).
NCTM Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (Grades 68)
NCTM Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (Grades 912)
North Carolina Mathematics Curriculum (Grades 68)
North Carlina Mathematics Curriculum (Grades 912)