Math – Deepening Conceptual Understanding
In this course, you will explore the world of math as a language through definitions, symbols, visual representations, and interconnections between different mathematical concepts. You will investigate and build upon your own experience with learning math at a deeper and more meaningful level. You will focus on answering the why of math (e.g., why do we perform operations and use algorithms the way we do?) What are the relationships between mathematical concepts and the world we live in?Register Now
You will work on building a deeper understanding of some specific mathematical concepts in number sense, including arithmetic operations, fractions, and proportions. You will then have the opportunity to extend this approach to building a deeper understanding of other areas of math, integrating the strategies you have learned into your daily practice.
45 hours6 months to complete coursework
Ways to Learn
3 PDUsGraduate Level Professional Development Credits
Online and self-paced | Dedicated mentor | Interactive assignments
Real-world case studies | Authentic assessments | Earn graduate level professional development credits
Upon successful mastery of this course, you will be able to:
- Articulate the challenges in student understanding of mathematical concepts and possible gaps in teacher understanding.
- Describe the connections between language and math and the implications for math instruction.
- Make connections between mathematical concepts and the language, symbolism, visual representations and contextualized applications that are used in instruction.
- Explain the meaning behind common mathematical concepts taught in K-6 classrooms from multiple perspectives.
- Build integrated approaches that incorporate history of mathematical concepts, storytelling, and organic problem solving into math instruction to deepen conceptual understanding.
- Math Education Today
- The Importance of Language
- Connections, Symbolism, and Visual Representation
- Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, & Division
- Averages, Order of Operations, Proportions, and Area Building Better Connections
- Integrated Approaches
Who Should Enroll?
- PreK-12 teachers
- Teacher candidates
- School administrators