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EXHIBIT 3b.6

Methods Examination

EDUC 321/323                   FINAL EXAM                               Dr. Beard

This exam consists of FIVE essay “questions” that each consist of several parts. Answer each of these questions in grammatically correct, complete sentences. Points will be deducted from any question if more than two grammatical/syntax mistakes are made in that question’s answer. Each answer must contain a minimum of 250 words and each part of each question must be addressed separately (a paragraph for each part of each question). Answers should reflect personal experiences that have occurred during the MATHEMATICS portion of EDUC 321/323 only. This exam is DUE when you ARRIVE for your final conference.

1. How would you describe what it means to teach “according to the Standards (NCTM)”? Think back to your own experiences in learning mathematics and comment upon whether or not you were taught in a manner similar to that advocated in the NCTM Standards. Give specific examples to illustrate your comments. What would you expect to see students doing specifically in a classroom that has embraced the beliefs of NCTM? How did you use the beliefs of NCTM in your mathematics teaching this semester? Be specific using examples related to the specific math content that you taught. (11 points)


2. The Effective Educator (SLU’s Conceptual Framework) consists of four parts: Best Pedagogical Practices, Standards-Based Instruction, Content Knowledge, and Knowledge of the Learner. As an aspiring Effective Educator, describe the term and describe three examples of each of these parts that you have witnessed or have been made aware of this semester that relate to mathematics education. Use SPECIFIC events that occurred during your field experiences and during the university-based part of this course to answer this question. (11 points)


3.    Explain your philosophy of teaching mathematics. Use the knowledge gained in this course (field experiences, observations, class activities, etc.) to show supporting evidence of your philosophy. You are to at least address each of the following issues: your attitude towards teaching mathematics; your beliefs about hands-on learning; your views on using technology in the mathematics classroom; the use of whole class, cooperative group, and individual instruction; and how your philosophy has changed over the course of this semester – BE SPECIFIC. NOTE: Each of these should be thoroughly addressed; i.e. don’t just say, “I believe that hands-on learning is effective.” – WHY do you believe this? What have you experienced that makes you believe this? (11 points)

4.                  Rate your mathematics anxiety level for this test with 1 being low and 10 being high. Explain why you rated your anxiety at this level. After this course, EDUC 321/323, how would you rate your mathematics anxiety level for teaching math to elementary students? (1 is low and 10 is high) Explain why you rated your anxiety at this level. How has this course helped or hindered your mathematics anxiety level? Give specific examples. (11 points)

5.                  What has been the most important concept, idea, technique, strategy, etc. that you have learned from the class content that will impact your teaching of mathematics in the future? What has been the most important concept, idea, technique, strategy, etc. that you have learned from your partner that will impact your teaching of mathematics in the future? What has been the most important concept, idea, technique, strategy, etc. that you have learned from your mentor teacher that will impact your teaching of mathematics in the future? (11 points)

It has been a great semester working with each of you!  Have a very relaxing break and please keep in touch in the semesters to come!  I’m here if you need me.
Mathematically yours, Dr. Beard

 

  

 


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