Math Courses
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PLN Math Literacy 1 (PreK12): Implementing a Balanced Program (EDCE 5500)
Participants strengthen collegial support as they construct a classroom environment that actively involves students in mathematical investigations and the relationship between math and the real world. Participants develop, implement, and reflect on mathematical ideas, strategies, and assessment approaches. The concepts and strategies presented in the course can be incorporated directly into the participants’ current math texts. The course guides participants in establishing a classroom environment rich in problem solving, logical reasoning, computation and critical thinking, introducing practical strategies and concepts to teach mathematics focused on the NCTM Standards. The course also links reading, writing and talking with the teaching and learning of mathematics connecting content to real world applications through the PLN frameworks of The Five Math Processes and The Four Lenses of Learning.

PLN Math Literacy 1B (PreK12): Exploring the Interconnected Nature of Math and Literacy (EDCE 6680)
This course presents evidencedbased practical strategies and concepts to teach mathematics that support state and national standards. Through collaborative, handson experiences, participants explore the interconnected nature of math and literacy. The course guides participants in establishing a classroom environment rich in problemsolving, logical reasoning, and computation. Participants develop, implement, and reflect on mathematical ideas, strategies, and assessment approaches. They also identify modifications and accommodations relevant to their students’ varying learning needs. The concepts presented in the course can be incorporated directly into the participants’ current math texts.

PLN Math Literacy 2 (PreK12): Integrating Teaching/Learning/ Assessment in Math Literacy (EDCE5510)
This course brings participants to the next level of involvement with PLN literacy frameworks and the NCTM Standards of Math 1. Participants collaborate with colleagues and reflect on these frameworks and their current practice as they engage in goalplanning and congruent assessment approaches in their classrooms and schools for the year (or years) to come. The course emphasizes curricular planning, discussions about classroom, district, and state benchmarks and standards, curricular problem solving, document review of student work, and revisiting and extending reading/writing and math literacy approaches from Math 1. 
PLN Math Literacy 3 (Grades PreK12): Implementing Written Responses in a Mathematics Curriculum (EDCE 6330)
This course provides an opportunity for teachers to take an indepth look at two comprehensive professional texts  “How Did You Get That? Seven Strategies For Improving Written Responses in Math” by Bill Atwood for grades 312 teachers and "What Successful Math Teachers Do" grades K5 by Edward S. Wall and Alfred S. Posamentier. The four general principles that guide this course are: * Writing is thinking. * Broad visions need strategic focus. * Coordinated effort accelerates change * Student responsibility drives learning. Participants experience a variety of approaches to increase the quality of math written responses. Strategies for facilitating the explanation for openended responses are demonstrated. Each class meeting participants share how they have adapted these strategies in their classrooms. Based on the PLN Mathematical Processes and The Four Lenses of Learning, participants explore ways to construct learning experiences that help their students grow to be coconstructive, resilient problem solvers. They also consider how the work of Atwood, Wall and Posamentier and PLN concepts and strategies support one another and are integrated into best teaching practices. A significant feature of this course is that participants reflect on themselves as learners. Through varied reflective writing opportunities, participants consider their personal and professional growth in response to the course texts. These written reflections comprise the required course journals. These journals are a combination of responses to the texts and classroom tryout strategies.

PLN Math Literacy 4: Researchbased Math Approaches: Aligning PLN Literacy Frameworks in Successful Math Classrooms (EDCE 6690)
This course explores a variety of ways to engage students as they continue to integrate The PLN frameworks (The Five Mathematical Processes and The Four Lenses of Learning) in the mathematics classroom. Participants find new and creative ways to implement strategies with The State Standards in mind. This course continues with rich discussions about classroom techniques and previous presentations and discussions from earlier PLN math courses.
The following text is recommended: "Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success For All" by NCTM. PLN provides "The Plainer Truths" by Morton Botel as the mentor text or participants can bring their copies of "The Plainer Truths" from an earlier PLN course. Prerequisites: PLN Math 1, and PLN Math 2 or PLN Math 3 
PLN Math Literacy 5 (PreK12): Brain Biology’s Impact on Math (EDCE 6770)
This course investigates how mathematics has long been intertwined with the brain. We explore the brain biology and processes needed to be successful in mathematics, examine where breakdowns occur and address instructional strategies to address these areas. The course utilizes the PLN frameworks of The Four Lenses of Learning and The Five Mathematical Processes to understand and deliver best practices. Participants learn about working memory, executive function, the emotional brain, how the brain coordinates various processes to make math happen and what to do when students get stuck. Participants improve their understanding of the neurology behind the success of the PLN frameworks. This course includes ongoing journals blending classroom tryout reflections and professional readings and a final project case study to allow participants to apply their learning in the classroom. 
PLN Math Content Course (PreK5)
Course participants develop a deeper understanding of math concepts while learning strategies and activities that can be used in the classroom. This course creates a greater appreciation for the indepth understanding of mathematical concepts including addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions, measurement, composing and decomposing numbers, geometry and most importantly, place value. The introduction of algebraic thinking is an important aspect of the course as well. Writing variable expressions, equalities and functional thinking begins in the early years of education. As early as preschool children should experience algebraic ideas in order to fully understand basic math concepts. Mathematical understanding is extremely important in order for our students to be able to move ahead in their mathematical education. A strong foundation is needed in order for our students to progress to the high school level of mathematics. Participants actively participate in learning strategies that give them a deeper understanding of the skills and concepts that they will bring into their own classrooms. 
PLN Math A: Math and Learning for Teacher Apprentices
Course participants develop a deeper understanding of math concepts while learning tutoring strategies and activities that can be used in a small group setting. This course creates a greater appreciation for the indepth understanding of mathematical concepts and skills. Basic tutoring strategies and small group management techniques are integrated throughout the course to provide a productive and engaging environment for meaningful academic learning and to facilitate social and emotional growth. PLN’s Math Frameworks: The Five Math Processes and The Four Lenses of Learning are introduced and integrated throughout the course. 