Student Learning Outcomes
At Hood College, we are committed to teaching excellence. Program goals and learning outcomes identify what we expect students to learn, think critically about and accomplish in their courses and programs of study at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. We believe an integrated learning approach that combines a strong grounding in the liberal arts with advanced study in the major and opportunities for internships and research initiatives is the best way to prepare students for lives of purpose and civic engagement.
Graduates earning a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Hood College:
Demonstrate mastery of computational techniques and concepts through:
- Mastering basic and advanced skills in calculus; and
- Mastering basic and advanced skills in linear algebra.
Demonstrate skill in problem solving through:
- Identifying appropriate mathematical techniques; and
- Implementing techniques effectively to reach a solution.
Construct mathematical arguments through:
- Writing proofs with sound logic, correct use of terminology and notation, and clear communication.
Demonstrate skill in written and oral communication of mathematics through:
- Speaking about mathematics coherently and logically with mastery of disciplinary style and conventions; and
- Writing about mathematics coherently and logically with mastery of disciplinary style and conventions.
Make effective use of the computer as a tool in mathematics through:
- Using appropriate applications for computation, visualization and exploration; and
- Using a statistical package to perform calculations and interpreting the results.
Graduates earning a master's degree in mathematics education from Hood College:
- Gain an in-depth foundation of mathematics through understanding:
- Probability, statistics and data analysis;
- Problem solving and mathematical modeling;
- Discrete mathematics; and
- Appreciating mathematics at a level appropriate for their position.
- Acquire best practices in mathematics education, including:
- Understanding and describing relevant standards (NCTM, CCSS, and Maryland state standards) related to algebra, geometry, probability, statistics and problem solving;
- Developing lesson plans that incorporate appropriate standards;
- Integrating research about adolescent learning into mathematics instruction;
- Differentiating instruction to create greater student success;
- Using a variety of teaching strategies;
- Using technology effectively in teaching mathematics;
- Applying knowledge about mathematics teaching and learning to lesson planning and classroom practice;
- Using multiple forms of assessment to evaluate student learning;
- Helping various communities understand the role of mathematics and mathematics instruction in today’s world.
- Commitment to Mathematics Learning of All Students
- Knowledge of Mathematics
- Knowledge of Students
- Knowledge of the Practice of Teaching
- Learning Environment
- Ways of Thinking Mathematically
- Reflection and Growth
- Families and Communities
- Professional Community
Graduates earning a master’s degree in mathematics instructional leadership from Hood College:
Effective elementary mathematics specialists demonstrate and apply knowledge of major mathematics concepts, algorithms, procedures, connections, and applications within and among mathematical content domains.
- Demonstrate and apply knowledge of major mathematics concepts, algorithms, procedures, applications in varied contexts, and connections within and among mathematical domains (Number and Operations, Algebra, Geometry and Measurement, and Statistics and Probability) as outlined in the NCTM CAEP Mathematics Content for Elementary Mathematics Specialist.
To be prepared to support the development of student mathematical proficiency, all elementary mathematics specialists should know the following topics related to number and operations with their content understanding and mathematical practices supported by appropriate technology and varied representational tools, including concrete models:
- Counting and cardinality, comparing and ordering, understanding the structure of the base ten number system with particular attention to place value, order of magnitude, one-to-one correspondence, properties, and relationships in numbers and number systems – whole numbers, integers, rationals, irrationals, and reals
- Arithmetic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) including mental mathematics and standard and non-standard algorithms, interpretations, and representations of numbers – whole numbers, fractions, decimals, integers, rationals, irrationals, and reals
- Fundamental ideas of number theory – divisors, factors and factorization, multiples, primes, composite numbers, greatest common factor, and least common multiple
- Quantitative reasoning and relationships that include ratio, rate, proportion, and the use of units in problem situations
- Historical development and perspectives of number, operations, number systems, and quantity including contributions of significant figures and diverse cultures
To be prepared to support the development of student mathematical proficiency, all elementary mathematics specialists should know the following topics related to algebra with their content understanding and mathematical practices supported by appropriate technology and varied representational tools, including concrete models:
- Algebraic notation, symbols, expressions, equations, inequalities, and proportional relationships, and their use in describing, interpreting, and modeling relationships and operations
- Function classes including constant, linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential, and absolute value, and how choices of parameters determine particular cases and model real-world situations
- Functional representations (tables, graphs, equations, descriptions, and recursive definitions), characteristics (e.g., zeros, average rates of change, domain and range), and notations as a means to describe, interpret, and analyze relationships and to build new functions
- Patterns of change in linear, quadratic, polynomial, and exponential functions and in proportional and inversely proportional relationships and types of real-world relationships these functions can model
- Historical development and perspectives of algebra including contributions of significant figures and diverse cultures
To be prepared to support the development of student mathematical proficiency, all elementary mathematics specialists should know the following topics related to geometry and measurement with their content understanding and mathematical practices supported by appropriate technology and varied representational tools, including concrete models:
- Core concepts including angle, parallel, and perpendicular, and principles of Euclidean geometry in two and three dimensions
- Transformations including dilations, translations, rotations, reflections, glide reflections; compositions of transformations; and the expression of symmetry and regularity in terms of transformations
- Congruence, similarity and scaling, and their development and expression in terms of transformations
- Basic geometric figures in one, two, and three dimensions (line segments, lines, rays, circles, arcs, polygons, polyhedral solids, cylinders, cones, and spheres) and their elements (vertices, edges, and faces)
- Identification, classification into categories, visualization, two- and three-dimensional representations, and formula rationale and derivation (perimeter, area, and volume) of two- and three-dimensional objects (triangles; classes of quadrilaterals such as rectangles, parallelograms, and trapezoids; regular polygons; rectangular prisms; pyramids; cones; cylinders; and spheres)
- Geometric measurement and units (linear, area, surface area, volume, and angle), unit comparison, and the iteration, additivity, and invariance related to measurements
- Geometric constructions, axiomatic reasoning, and making and proving conjectures about geometric shapes and relations
- Coordinate geometry including the equations of lines and algebraic proofs (e.g., Pythagorean Theorem and its converse)
- Historical development and perspectives of geometry and measurement including contributions of significant figures and diverse cultures
To be prepared to support the development of student mathematical proficiency, all elementary mathematics specialists should know the following topics related to statistics and probability with their content understanding and mathematical practices supported by appropriate technology and varied representational tools, including concrete models:
- Statistical variability and its sources and the role of randomness in statistical inference
- Construction and interpretation of graphical displays of univariate and bivariate data distributions (e.g., box plots and histograms), summary measures (mean, median, mode, interquartile range, and mean absolute deviation) and comparison of distributions of univariate data, and exploration of categorical (discrete) and measurement (continuous) data
- Empirical and theoretical probability for both simple and compound events
- Random (chance) phenomena and simulations
- Historical development and perspectives of statistics and probability including contributions of significant figures and diverse cultures
Effective elementary mathematics specialists solve problems, represent mathematical ideas, reason, prove, use mathematical models, attend to precision, identify elements of structure, generalize, engage in mathematical communication, and make connections as essential mathematical practices. They understand that these practices intersect with mathematical content and that understanding relies on the ability to demonstrate these practices within and among mathematical domains and in their teaching and mathematics leadership.
- Use problem solving to develop conceptual understanding, make sense of a wide variety of problems and persevere in solving them, apply and adapt a variety of strategies in solving problems confronted within the field of mathematics and other contexts, and formulate and test conjectures in order to frame generalizations.
- Reason abstractly, reflectively, and quantitatively with attention to units, constructing viable arguments and proofs, and critiquing the reasoning of others; represent and model generalizations using mathematics; recognize structure and express regularity in patterns of mathematical reasoning; use multiple representations to model and describe mathematics; and utilize appropriate mathematical vocabulary and symbols to communicate mathematical ideas to others.
- Formulate, represent, analyze, and interpret mathematical models derived from real-world contexts or mathematical problems.
- Organize mathematical thinking and use the language of mathematics to express ideas precisely, both orally and in writing to multiple audiences.
- Demonstrate the interconnectedness of mathematical ideas and how they build on one another and recognize and apply mathematical connections among mathematical ideas and across various content areas and real-world contexts.
- Model how the development of mathematical understanding within and among mathematical domains intersects with the mathematical practices of problem solving, reasoning, communicating, connecting, and representing.
Effective elementary mathematics specialists apply knowledge of curriculum standards for mathematics and their relationship to student learning within and across mathematical domains in teaching elementary students and coaching/mentoring elementary classroom teachers. They incorporate research-based mathematical experiences and include multiple instructional strategies and mathematics-specific technological tools in their teaching and coaching/mentoring to develop all students’ mathematical understanding and proficiency. As teacher, lead teacher, and coach/mentor, they provide and assist teachers in providing students with opportunities to do mathematics – talking about it and connecting it to both theoretical and real-world contexts. They plan, select, implement, interpret, and assist teachers in the incorporation of formative and summative assessments for monitoring student learning, measuring student mathematical understanding, and informing practice.
- Apply knowledge of curriculum standards for elementary mathematics and their relationship to student learning within and across mathematical domains in teaching elementary students and coaching/mentoring elementary classroom teachers.
- Analyze and consider research in planning for and leading students and the teachers they coach/mentor in rich mathematical learning experiences.
- Plan and assist others in planning lessons and units that incorporate a variety of strategies, differentiated instruction for diverse populations, and mathematics-specific and instructional technologies in building all students’ conceptual understanding and procedural proficiency.
- Provide students and teachers with opportunities to communicate about mathematics and make connections among mathematics, other content areas, everyday life, and the workplace.
- Implement and promote techniques related to student engagement and communication including selecting high quality tasks, guiding mathematical discussions, identifying key mathematical ideas, identifying and addressing student misconceptions, and employing a range of questioning strategies.
- Plan, select, implement, interpret, and assist teachers in using formative and summative assessments to inform instruction by reflecting on mathematical proficiencies essential for all students.
- Monitor students’ progress and assist others, including family members, administrators and other stakeholders, in making instructional decisions and in measuring and interpreting students’ mathematical understanding and ability using formative and summative assessments.
Effective elementary mathematics specialists exhibit knowledge of child, pre-adolescent, and adult learning, development, and behavior. They use this knowledge to plan, create, and assist teachers in planning and creating sequential learning opportunities grounded in mathematics education research where students are actively engaged in the mathematics they are learning and building from prior knowledge and skills. They demonstrate, promote, and assist teachers in demonstrating and promoting a positive disposition toward mathematical practices and learning and exhibit and support the equitable and ethical treatment of and high expectations for all students. They include and assist teachers in embracing culturally relevant perspectives in teaching, in recognizing individual student differences, and in using instructional tools such as manipulatives, digital tools, and virtual resources to enhance student learning, while recognizing the possible limitations of such tools.
- Exhibit knowledge of child, pre-adolescent, and adult learning, development, and behavior and demonstrate and promote a positive disposition toward mathematical processes and learning.
- Plan, create, and coach/mentor teachers in creating developmentally appropriate, sequential, and challenging learning opportunities grounded in mathematics education research in which students are actively engaged in building new knowledge from prior knowledge and experiences.
- Incorporate knowledge of individual differences and the cultural and language diversity that exists within classrooms and include and assist teachers in embracing culturally relevant perspectives as a means to motivate and engage students.
- Demonstrate and encourage equitable and ethical treatment of and high expectations for all students.
- Apply mathematical content and pedagogical knowledge in the selection, use, and promotion of instructional tools such as manipulatives and physical models, drawings, virtual environments, presentation tools, and mathematics-specific technologies (e.g., graphing tools and interactive geometry software); and make and nurture sound decisions about when such tools enhance teaching and learning, recognizing both the insights to be gained and possible limitations of such tools.
Elementary mathematics specialists provide evidence that as a result of their instruction or coaching/mentoring of teachers, elementary students’ conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, strategic competence, adaptive reasoning, and application of major mathematics concepts in varied contexts have increased. Elementary mathematics specialists support the continual development of a positive disposition toward mathematics. These mathematics specialists show that new student mathematical knowledge has been created as a consequence of their ability to engage students or coach/mentor teachers in mathematical experiences that are developmentally appropriate, require active engagement, and include mathematics-specific technology in building new knowledge.
- Verify that elementary students demonstrate conceptual understanding; procedural fluency; the ability to formulate, represent, and solve problems; logical reasoning and continuous reflection on that reasoning; productive disposition toward mathematics; and the application of mathematics in a variety of contexts within major mathematical domains.
- Engage students and coach/mentor teachers in using developmentally appropriate mathematical activities and investigations that require active engagement and include mathematics-specific technology in building new knowledge.
- Collect, organize, analyze, and reflect on diagnostic, formative, and summative assessment evidence and determine the extent to which students’ mathematical proficiencies have increased as a result of their instruction or their efforts in coaching/mentoring teachers.
Effective elementary mathematics specialists are lifelong learners and recognize that learning is often collaborative. They participate in and plan mathematics-focused professional development experiences at the school and/or district level, draw upon mathematics education research to inform their practice and the practice of colleagues, continuously reflect on their practice, use and assist teachers in using resources from professional mathematics organizations, and demonstrate mathematics-focused instructional leadership.
- Take an active role in their professional growth by participating in professional development experiences that directly relate to the learning and teaching of mathematics and to their development as a mathematics instructional leader.
- Engage in and facilitate continuous and collaborative learning that draws upon research in mathematics education to inform practice; enhance learning opportunities for all students’ and teachers’ mathematical knowledge development; involve colleagues and other school professionals, families, and various stakeholders; and advance the development in themselves and others as reflective practitioners.
- Plan, develop, implement, and evaluate mathematics-focused professional development programs at the school and/or district level; use and assist teachers in using resources from professional mathematics education organizations such as teacher/leader discussion groups, teacher networks, and print, digital, and virtual resources/collections; and support teachers in systematically reflecting on and learning from their mathematical practice.
- Demonstrate mathematics-focused instructional leadership through actions such as coaching/mentoring; building and navigating relationships with teachers, administrators, and the community; establishing and maintaining learning communities; analyzing and evaluating educational structures and policies that affect students’ equitable access to high quality mathematics instruction; leading efforts to assure that all students have opportunities to learn important mathematics; evaluating the alignment of mathematics curriculum standards, textbooks, and required assessments and making recommendations for addressing learning and achievement gaps; developing appropriate classroom or school-level learning environments; and collaborating with school-based professionals to develop evidence-based interventions for high and low-achieving students.
Elementary mathematics specialists engage in a planned sequence of field experiences and clinical practice under the supervision of an experienced and highly qualified mathematics educator. They develop a broad experiential base of knowledge and skills working with a range of student and adult learners including elementary students (e.g., primary, intermediate, struggling, gifted, and English language learners) and elementary school teachers, both novice and experienced, in a variety of school and professional development settings. They develop and use interpersonal and leadership skills to engage school-based and other professionals in the improvement of mathematics programs at the school and/or district levels.
- Engage in a sequence of planned field experiences and clinical practice under the supervision of an experienced and highly qualified mathematics educator that involves the development of a broad experiential base of knowledge and skills working with a range of student and adult learners in a variety of school and professional development settings and the development of interpersonal skills critical for mentoring other teachers and working with school-based personnel, district administrators, and others.
- Develop and use leadership skills to improve mathematics programs at the school and/or district level, e.g., coaching/mentoring new and experienced teachers to better serve students; sharing critical issues, policy initiatives, and curriculum trends related to mathematics teaching; keeping abreast of local, state, or national policy decisions related to mathematics education; communicating to educational constituents about students, curriculum, instruction, and assessment; collaborating to create a shared vision and to develop an action plan for school improvement; and partnering with school-based professionals to improve each student’s achievement.
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