Course Description

This course combines two concepts: math workshops with small group instruction and writing instruction to promote math skills. Math workshops focus on engaging all students in rigorous “math exchanges” by focusing on short, focused sessions that are responsive to the needs of the specific group and designed for meaningful, guided reflection. Students can also learn to construct, explore, represent, refine, connect, and reflect on mathematical ideas. Evaluating students’ writing about math provides a window to students’ thinking and informs instructional decisions. The course provides practical advice about how to support writing in math, as well as many specific examples of writing prompts and tasks that require high-cognitive demand.


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: Guiding Young Mathematicians through Small Group Meetings and Writing
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Delivery Options
Distance Learning  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (5 units) $400.00
Available for Credit
5 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook

Must be Purchased Separately:

Math Exchanges: Guiding Young Mathematicians in Small-Group Meetings, Omoundro Wedekind, K. (2011).  Stenhouse:  Portland, Maine. 

Why Write in Math Class K-5:  Dacey, L., O’Connell Hopping, K., & Eston Salemi, R. (2018).  (2011).  Stenhouse:  Portland, Maine.

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: Withdrawals 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 on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.


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