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Patterns and Relationships (k - 2)

3 Credits
Discover how to use hands-on materials, real-world problem-solving and playful activities to support number concepts while introducing students to the building blocks of Algebra. This ONLINE course will help you extend primary students' experiences with numbers through the use of patterning, number relationships, and graphing. Course activities include the design and development of Common Core lessons and activities to promote algebraic thinking in primary grades. Teachers may complete this course with or without students.
NOTE: Required textbook must be purchased separately.

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Paul Reimer

I believe in the power of ongoing, collaborative learning opportunities for teachers that develop usable knowledge and shared practices. I have been active in education for more than 20 years as a teacher, instructional coach, workshop presenter, and designer of mathematics programs at the K-12 level. Currently I am a Ph.D. student at Michigan State University where I am exploring the relationship between teachers' beliefs, attitudes, and practices. My courses deal with issues that many teachers of mathematics have experienced. How do I best assess my students? How can I get students talking about math, and how do I facilitate that discussion? How do I get out of the textbook and into an engaging task that harnesses curiosity and makes use of critical thinking and reasoning? Developing shared practices around these ideas through collaborative reflection and support is the focus of our online community.