Secondary Mathematics Teaching Methods ~ Math 503
On-Line through Western Illinois University
This course was last taught in summer 2005. The next offering
of this online course has not been set by our department. If you are interested
in this course, e-mail
See the Special Note
about this page below.
In the Methods of Teaching Secondary School Mathematics (Math 503) course we will
look at current trends and issues in the teaching of secondary school mathematics.
It is an applied class, in that participants will come away from the course
with specific activities, lessons, and teaching techniques that can be used in
the junior and senior high school mathematics classroom.
Topics to be covered in Math 503 include:
• Conceptual Understanding of Mathematics for Enhancing Procedural
Course title: Methods of Teaching Secondary School Mathematics
• State and National Mathematics Learning Standards
• Early Calculus Concepts (even for students not planning to take Calculus)
• Using Problem Solving to Teach the Illinois Learning Standards
• Teaching of the function concept
• Cooperative Learning Techniques
• Mathematical modeling
STAR Number: TBD
Semester: to be determined
Method of delivery: On-line over the Internet (WebCT will be used) see
Credit hours: 3 SH
of the instructor. (Call me (Dr. Jim Olsen) 309/298-2317 and or e-mail
me (email@example.com) to get permission.)
Intended audience: This course is intended
for practicing mathematics teachers seeking professional development, CPDU credit,
or new mathematics teaching methods. It is also intended for individuals
seeking a high school mathematics endorsement.
Methods and Modeling for Today's Mathematics Classroom: A Contemporary Approach
to Teaching Grades 7-12, Dossey, McCrone, Giordano, Weir, Brooks/Cole, 2002,
Instructor: James Olsen. Information
about Jim. Jim
Instructor's Phone: 309/298-2317
Note: that you need "permission of instructor" to enroll,
so please e-mail me if you'd like to enroll in this course.
Special Note About this Page
This page is here to provide information about the course to prospective students.
This is not the actual course website. Once the course begins, those enrolled
will be provided with a URL to a WebCT site (in a password protected environment).
High School Mathematics Endorsement
This is a three semester hour Teaching of Secondary School
Mathematics course and may therefore be used by individuals seeking a secondary
Your ECOM account is how you gain access to the materials for this course.
You need to know your username and password (do not forget these!).
You must activate an ECOM account before you can use it. Click
here to find out about your WIU ECOM username and password and activating your
account (it's not hard). If you need assistance, call the University
Computer Support Services Helpdesk at (309) 298-2704. (If you have one, your
ECOM username is printed on your temporary WIU ID card and your initial password
is the MONTH and DAY of birth (mmdd).)
Feel free to e-mail
me if you are interested in this
course (which helps
us gage the amount
of interest in the course) or have any questions.
This course was taught first online in Spring 2002.
It has since been taught Spring 2003, Spring 2004, and Summer 2005. The
course has been very popular and well-received.
Back to Jim Olsen's
URL of this page: http://faculty.wiu.edu/JR-Olsen/wiu/tea/m503/basics.htm
(or the page can be accessed by http://www.wiu.edu/users/mfjro1/wiu/tea/m503/basics.htm)
James R. Olsen, Western Illinois University
October 30, 2006