Course Description

This course focuses on the big ideas and practices in mathematics, deepening understanding and content knowledge.  Learn how to teach those big ideas using a student-centered, problem-solving approach, and anticipate student thinking and explore effective tools, models, and rich mathematical questions that nudge student thinking forward.  Understanding the Math We Teach offers a well-founded base of mathematical knowledge, leading to better math instruction that captures students’ interest.


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: Understanding the Math We Teach and How to Teach It
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Delivery Options
Distance Learning  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (5 units) $425.00
Available for Credit
5 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook

Must be Purchased Separately:

Small, Marian (2019). Understanding The Math We Teach And How To Teach It. Stenhouse Publishers: Portsmith, NH.  648 pages

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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