### Mathematics 890, REvitalizing ALgebra Workshop

*Fall 2003 Syllabus*

(8/20/03) Tentative syllabus and schedule posted.

**Time**. Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30 - 7:15.

**Place**. 211 Thornton Hall **Instructors** | **E-mail** | **Office** | **Phone** | **Office Hours** |

Eric Hsu | erichsu@math.sfsu.edu | 932 Thornton Hall | 415-338-1104 | Tu 2:00-3:00, Th 11:30-12:30 |

Judy Kysh | jkysh@sfsu.edu | 59 Burke Hall | 415-338-2121 | Tu 3:20-4:20; Th 2:30-3:30 (tentative) |

Diane Resek | resek@sfsu.edu | 928 Thornton Hall | 415-338-2071 | Tu 3:30-4:25; Th 1:00-2:00 |

**Class Home Page**. <http://math.sfsu.edu/hsu/msp/890REAL.html> Announcements, homework assignments and this syllabus are all posted here.

**Course Objectives**. Participants will - become aware of and start to use a wider range of teaching options and become better decision makers on what to emphasize and what to leave out.
- learn new ways of assessing and building on studentsâ€™ strengths and develop approaches that allow students to function at different levels and to work in different ways on the same topics.
- work together to solve mathematics problems and converse with colleagues about mathematical questions.
- realize that there is still much more to be learned about teaching mathematics and that it is honorable to be engaged in that learning.
- build a repertoire of classroom tested lesson knowledge to share outside the program.

**Textbook**. None. There will be handouts in class.

**Teaching Style and Attendance**. About two-thirds of the time will be spent on activities in small groups. The other third will be lecture and discussion. Because of the emphasis on in-class activity, attendance is mandatory.

**Expectations**. You are expected to attend all classes and complete all assignments on time.

**Assignments**. Weekly homework will include readings, reflections, problems and classroom projects.