Two Courses in Mathematics Education for Prospective and Practicing K-12 Teachers and Others


Offered Spring 2016 at NMSU

Each of these courses earns attendees 3 hours of math credit.



Course 1:

Math 215 section 2

Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics III


Instructor: Pat Baggett,, (575) 646-2039

MW 2:45-4:00  PM

Walden Hall room 232


First class: Wednesday, January 20, 2016


Here is the catalog description of Math 215:

Probability, statistics, ratios, and proportional relationships. Experimental and theoretical probability. Collecting, analyzing, and displaying data, including measurement data. Multiple approaches to solving problems involving proportional relationships, with connections to number and operation, geometry and measurement, and algebra. Understanding data in professional contexts of teaching. Taught primarily through student activities and investigations. Prerequisite(s): C or better in MATH 112.


The course intends to provide future K-8 (and higher) teachers with adequate knowledge of probability and statistics in a format that can be adapted for use in their classrooms.  We will combine hands-on activities with calculator use to explore concepts in a concrete and tangible way.  A TI-83/84 calculator is required for the course.   We will not use a textbook but there is a course pack of materials whose price is only the cost of Xeroxing.  Some materials are online at (click on Statistics). We hope that you will find some of them suitable to try with students in your future classes.


Syllabus of the Math 215 course



Course 2:

Math 562 Section 1

History and Theories of Mathematics Education


Instructor: Pat Baggett,, (575) 646-2039

MW 12:45-2:00 PM  (notice the new time)

Walden Hall room 232 (this will be changed; the new room will be announced)


First class: Wednesday, January 20, 2016


This course, being offered for the sixth time, is open to graduate students in mathematics and other disciplines, as well as interested undergraduate seniors. 

We will study the history of mathematics taught in American schools, examining authentic original antiquarian textbooks, many from the instructor’s private collection, and looking at the changes in their content and the approach to the subject over time, together with writings of people who have influenced the development and changes of mathematics education. We expect that the historical perspective that this course offers will provide students with a better understanding of the current issues that are faced in mathematics education.



For more information (on either course, on dates to register, how to register, etc.) contact Pat Baggett,, (575) 646-2039


Syllabus of the Math 562 course


 A super cool link: Breaking Away from the Math Book