Online Courses

Online course offerings for spring 2017:

 

 

Our interactive online courses are designed to accommodate working professionals. Coursework is immediately applicable in classrooms and assignments involve working with students. The workload is manageable and includes live virtual learning sessions spread throughout the semester as well as asynchronous discussions. See our available course offerings below.
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X.MTHED-404: Effective Practices for Advancing the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics (K-12)

This primarily synchronous online course is designed to connect educators from across the country and around world to learn from some of the educational leaders in the Math/Twitter/Blogosphere (#MTBoS). Each class session will feature a different lead instructor who will guide us in exploring an effective practice for advancing the teaching and learning of mathematics. During these sessions participants will work collaboratively on mathematical tasks, analyze student thinking, explore instructional methodologies, and prepare to apply their new learning within their own practice.

Registrations are accepted on a rolling basis until program is full. The final registration deadline is January 6, 2017.

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When registering, select MLP Online Courses for the Academic Plan.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

The goals of the course are to help participants:

  • Learn and refine a variety of instructional practices that support students in developing a deep conceptual understanding of mathematical ideas.
  • Appreciate the power and complexity of students’ mathematical thinking.
  • Ask questions of students that will deepen their mathematical understanding.
  • Analyze mathematical tasks and resources to uncover the mathematics students will learn from it.
  • Adapt curriculum to meet individual student’s needs.
  • Make mathematical connections and enhance their ability to help their students do so.
  • Learn and grow as professionals within a collaborative mathematical community.

 COURSE DETAILS

      • Dates: Live sessions are scheduled on the following dates: 1/17, 1/31, 2/21, 2/28, 3/14, 3/28, 4/11, 4/25, 5/9, and 5/23
      • All live online sessions are scheduled from 6:00 – 8:00 PM ET
      • Instructors: Zak Champagne, Graham Fletcher, Mike Flynn, Kristin Gray, Elham Kazemi, Fawn Nguyen, Dan Meyer, Andrew Stadel, Kaneka Turner, and Tracy Zager
      • Format: The live sessions are highly interactive using Zoom video conferencing software. Participants will then implement new ideas within their own practice and reflect on what they are learning. These reflections will be posted online to allow for asynchronous feedback and dialogue between participants and instructors.
      • Course cost: $500
      • Graduate Credit Option: Participants in this course have the option to receive 2 graduate credits in math education from Mount Holyoke College upon successful completion of the course. The cost is $250 per credit

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X-MATH-401: Making Meaning for Operations in the Domains of Whole Numbers and Fractions (K-8)

Making Meaning for Operations is designed to help experienced K-8 teachers examine the actions and situations modeled by the four basic operations. It begins with a view of young children’s counting strategies as they address word problems, moves to an examination of children’s developing ideas of the four basic operations, and revisits the operations in the context of rational numbers. At the heart of the course are sets of classroom episodes (cases), illustrating student thinking as described by their teachers. In addition to case discussions, the curriculum offers students opportunities to view and discuss video footage of mathematics classrooms; to explore mathematics in lessons lead by the instructor; and to read and reflect on overviews of related research.

Registrations are accepted on a rolling basis until program is full. The final registration deadline is January 6, 2017.

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COURSE OBJECTIVES

The goals of the course are to help participants:

  • Learn more mathematics content for themselves.
  • Recognize key mathematical ideas in the context of the study of computation with multi-digit numbers and decimals.
  • Appreciate the power and complexity of students’ mathematical thinking.
  • Ask questions of students that will deepen their mathematical understanding.
  • Analyze a particular activity to uncover the mathematics students will learn from it.
  • Define and select appropriate mathematical objectives for content relating to contextual problems with whole numbers and fractions.
  • Adapt curriculum to meet individual student’s needs.
  • Make mathematical connections and enhance their ability to help their students do so.
  • Connect their experiences in the course to research results.

 COURSE DETAILS

      • Dates and time: Live sessions are scheduled on a biweekly basis starting on January 10 and ending on April 25 (the April 18 class was moved to the 25th because of school vacation)
      • Live online sessions scheduled from 6:00 – 8:00 PM ET
      • Cohort Group: Interact with up to 24 colleagues from all over the country.
      • The cost of the course is $1,000.
      • We have $500 scholarships available. Email Mike Flynn at mflynn@mtholyoke.edu to learn how to qualify for a scholarship.
      • Graduate Credit Option: Participants in Making Meaning For Operations have the option to receive 2 graduate credits from Mount Holyoke College upon successful completion of the course. The cost is $250 per credit.

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