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Learning Experience

M.S. in Mathematics Learning and Teaching

The M.S. in Mathematics Learning and Teaching focuses largely on problem-solving, revision and reflection. There are opportunities for teachers to unpack and re-conceptualize mathematics in the areas of number sense and numerical operations, geometry and measurement, algebra, data analysis and probability, functions and calculus.

The faculty provide instruction the same way they want the teachers to teach their students. The emphasis is on the learning process rather than the final product. Specific skills that are key to classroom success – asking good questions, using precise, accurate, powerful language and representations, understanding and building on student thinking and giving good feedback – are modeled and practiced. The courses demonstrate research-based best practices; an experience that allows teachers to facilitate using collaborative, student-centered instruction in their own classroom. 

In many courses assignments are divided into two parts. During the first half, teachers work independently on deep, hard and rigorous assignments focused on the content of school mathematics, from grades 4-12. During the second half, teachers work collaboratively to discuss, evaluate, revise and analyze each others’ solutions.  Finally, there are whole-class discussions where students and faculty discuss the tasks, the solution and explanation, and any pedagogical implications.