“The Capstone class has been one of the most enjoyable ones for me as an instructor as it provides you with an opportunity to explore a wide variety of approaches to teaching in a supportive environment, alongside teachers we’ve all gotten to know through various classes in the Math for Teaching program – it’s a last time for us to get together to address the fundamental questions of why we choose to teach the way we do, and how this reflects your teaching philosophy and the views of math education that you have been developing during your time in the program. The hope is that everyone going through the Capstone experience, given the chance to study other approaches to teaching, and working on alternative teaching activities, will come up with a renewed and re-energized sense of purpose towards your own teaching.” Andrew Engelward, Program Director, Math for Teaching
The Math for Teaching capstone offers you the opportunity to explore and discuss a wide range of teaching and learning approaches related to the ones you have experienced during the program. Class activities involve observing and reading about alternate teaching styles, experimenting first-hand with various teaching approaches, and discussing teaching philosophies in order to create meaningful personal teaching statements.
The capstone option works well if you want to explore more ideas about teaching math and appreciate the regularly scheduled structure of a semester-length course. The work done in the capstone class mirrors some aspects of thesis projects, but with more emphasis placed on the practical aspects of teaching, and less on theoretical research results. The capstone is taught in a collaborative seminar style.
Andy Engelward, PhD, Assistant Dean of Academic Programs and Director of the Math for Teaching Program
You take the capstone in your last semsester as your final degree requirement. Currently, MATH E-599 Math for Teaching Capstone is offered on campus during in the spring semester or MATH S-599 Math for Teaching Capstone is offered on campus during the intensive, seven-week summer term.