Course Description

Creating a classroom in which students design solution pathways, engage in productive struggle, and connect one mathematical idea to another is complex. How do you get students to wrestle with problems if they just want to know how to do it? What kind of tasks lend themselves to this type of engagement? Where can you learn the mathematical content to teach this way? This course strives to allow students to interact with and productively struggle with their own mathematical ideas and their own strategies, to learn to see the connections among mathematical topics and the real world. Students then value mathematics and see the power in it. This course links to teaching and classroom videos to support concept development, includes downloadable activity pages, offers lesson plans and masters to be used as copies to support lessons, and links to technology. It is a practical resource of robust, problem-based activities and tasks that will engage students in the use of significant mathematical concepts and skills.


A link to the Armchair Ed course assignments and exams will be included in the registration confirmation and receipt email that will be automatically sent to students immediately upon completion of the registration process. Any required textbooks must be purchased separately.

The link can also be accessed after enrollment by logging into the Student Portal and clicking the link listed under View Online Resources.


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Section Title
Book Study: Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally
Delivery Options
Various Media  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (5 units) $350.00
Available for Credit
5 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook

Must be Purchased Separately:

Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally by John Van de Walle, ISBN: 978-0132612265

Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with ArmchairEd.

Course is self-paced. Completion time: up to one year from date of enrollment.

Refund Policy: Withdrawal requests submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located at: https://ce.spu.edu under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.

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