## MAT 150 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I GCU

### MAT 150 Full Course Discussions GCU

#### MAT 150 Topic 1 DQ 1

In your own words, describe the four-step problem-solving process. Explain why each step is important. Create a simple problem that could be used in a classroom and demonstrate how you would use each of the four steps to solve this problem. How would you teach this process in the classroom?

#### MAT 150 Topic 1 DQ 2

Identify at least five different problem-solving strategies. Discuss when and how you would use each of these strategies to solve a problem. Create a problem, then select an appropriate strategy and describe how you would teach a student to use this strategy to solve the problem.

#### MAT 150 Topic 2 DQ 1

Discuss various methods you might use to teach the commutative property and the associative property of addition. Explain how these properties are used in everyday life and why they are important to understand.

#### MAT 150 Topic 2 DQ 2

In your own words, explain the division algorithm. Pick two examples that you would use in class to explain this algorithm. Why did you pick those examples?

#### MAT 150 Topic 3 DQ 1

Discuss various models for integer multiplication and division. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each method? Which method would you use to teach this topic?

#### MAT 150 Topic 3 DQ 2

Discuss the divisibility rules for the numbers 2 through 10. What is the value of knowing and understanding these rules? Give an example of how you would use these rules.

#### MAT 150 Topic 4 DQ 1

How would you teach the concept of multiplication of fractions? If a student doesn’t understand it this way, what alternate method can you use?

#### MAT 150 Topic 4 DQ 2

What are equivalent fractions? Explain how two fractions can be equivalent. Give practical examples of fractions that are equivalent. How would you teach this concept to a class?

#### MAT 150 Topic 5 DQ 1

Explain how the base 10 number system works. How would you teach the notion of place value to a class? How are decimal numbers related to rational numbers? When is a decimal number also a rational number?

#### MAT 150 Topic 5 DQ 2

Explain the process of decimal multiplication and division. Explain the mathematical justification for moving the decimal point when performing decimal division.

#### MAT 150 Topic 6 DQ 1

In your own words, explain the concept of a variable. Discuss how you can teach a class about the use of variables and how they can be used to create an algebraic expression.

#### MAT 150 Topic 6 DQ 2

In your own words, explain the concept of a variable. Discuss how you can teach a class about the use of variables and how they can be used to create an algebraic expression.

#### MAT 150 Topic 7 DQ 1

Out of the concepts you have studied in this course, choose one that you feel would be particularly difficult for students to understand. Provide a concrete real-world situation or example to help illustrate this concept.

#### MAT 150 Topic 7 DQ 2

It is necessary to have a good understanding of mathematics in order to teach it. Who do you think would make a better math teacher: a person who has natural mathematical talent and understands concepts easily without making mistakes, or a person who had to struggle to gain their understanding of math and learn to avoid making mistakes?

### MAT 150 Full Course Assignments GCU

#### MAT 150 Topic 2 Project 1: Lesson Plan

#### MAT 150 Topic 5 Project 2: Lesson Plan

#### MAT 150 Topic 7 Final Project: Lesson Plan and Presentation-Online

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