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Do you want to teach arithmetic in a way that will help your students truly understand arithmetic rather than just trying to memorize and obey the rules?

Do you want to learn how to use manipulatives (Cuisenaire® Rods, pegboards, Base Ten Blocks, Pattern Blocks, Eli's magic and regular peanuts, first-quadrant graphs) to help your students develop sound number concepts?

Do you want to experience a Hands-On Math Lab in action?

Then you want to take the course


To receive 3 hours of graduate credit for this course, in-service or pre-service teachers can pay $100 per credit hour to Webster University in addition to the $234 tuition to St. Louis Community College at Meramec. The registration for the Webster University graduate credit can be done in class at Meramec.

Summer Session 2006 - June 5 through July 27, 2006


Monday through Thursday 9:00 - 11:00 AM

Note:  If you cannot start the course the week of June 5, since the course is self-paced, you may start during the week of June 13.  Also, if you do not want to spend all 8 weeks of the summer session taking a course, consider taking it over two summers (You will pay the community college tuition both summers.)  Please feel free to discuss various possibilities with the instructor.


3 credit hours of graduate credit

This course is designed for teachers who want to be effective in helping students understand arithmetic rather than merely memorizing and applying the rules of arithmetic. It is held in the Hands-On Math Lab at St. Louis Community College at Meramec where teachers in this course will usually be working in the Lab along with adult students at the community college who are seeking to truly understand numbers and arithmetic operations. Working individually and/or in small groups on worksheets and problems, participants in this course will use various math manipulatives (Cuisenaire® Rods, pegboards, Pattern Blocks, Base Ten Blocks, magic and regular peanuts, first-quadrant rectangular coordinate graphs, etc.) to experience how students can use manipulatives to explore mathematical concepts in order to gain understanding of numbers (natural numbers, whole numbers, fractions, decimals, integers and percents) and arithmetic operations on them as well as metric measurement. Students taking this graduate-level course will also participate in six one-hour educational seminars relating their experiences in the Hands-On Math Lab to relevant educational literature. In this Hands-On Math Lab course, participants may proceed at their own pace, but students in this graduate-level course must attend the six educational seminars which will take place during the first six weeks of the course.

The instructor for the course may be one of the following teachers:

Fran Endicott Armstrong has a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Fontbonne College and a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from the University of Pennsylvania and has over ten years experience teaching math in Grades 5 through 12. Fran has taught Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary School at Fontbonne College and has taught Pre-Algebra as well as Elementary, Intermediate and College Algebra in the St. Louis Community College District. She has given guest presentations to math classes in Grades 1 through 8.  Fran is the Coordinator and Lead Mentor of the Self-Paced Hands-On Math Lab at The Soulard School.

For more information, please contact Fran Armstrong in the Mathematics Department at St. Louis Community College at Meramec (314-984-7769).

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St. Louis Community College at Meramec
11333 Big Bend Boulevard, St. Louis, MO  63122-5799
Phone: 314-984-7500 | TDD: 314-984-7704
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Updated 11/17/99