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, StandardsBased
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 universitybased 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 handson 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 handson 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
