## I. General Information

1. Course Title:

Math Success Strategies

2. Course Prefix & Number:

CCST 1560

3. Course Credits and Contact Hours:

**Credits:** 2

**Lecture Hours:** 2

4. Course Description:

This course helps students be successful in math through questioning strategies, modeling and visual representations, number flexibility, making connections among ideas, and identifying math in your life and future career. Students will explore a variety of math concepts with hands-on activities and cooperative learning to build confidence in math, develop math skills and conceptual understanding, and apply effective learning strategies for mathematics. Throughout the course, students will apply the concepts of effective learning while participating in math activities, games, cooperative learning. Math topics may vary depending on interests and needs of the group.

5. Placement Tests Required:

6. Prerequisite Courses:

CCST 1560 - Math Success Strategies

There are no prerequisites for this course.
9. Co-requisite Courses:

CCST 1560 - Math Success Strategies

There are no corequisites for this course.
## II. Transfer and Articulation

1. Course Equivalency - similar course from other regional institutions:

2. Transfer - regional institutions with which this course has a written articulation agreement:

## III. Course Purpose

Program-Applicable Courses – This course is required for the following program(s):

Other - If this course is not required in a program or is not part of the MN Transfer Curriculum, it may be used for the purpose(s) listed below:

- Liberal Arts Elective
- Non-Transferrable General Education Course
- Technical Elective

## IV. Learning Outcomes

1. College-Wide Outcomes

College-Wide Outcomes/Competencies |
Students will be able to: |

Demonstrate oral communication skills |
Describe the importance of a growth mindset to success in math. |

Assess alternative solutions to a problem |
Describe and apply strategies and beliefs that facilitate effective math learning. |

Work as a team member to achieve shared goals |
Explore math concepts with manipulatives, activities, and cooperative learning. |

2. Course Specific Outcomes - Students will be able to achieve the following measurable goals upon completion of
the course:

- Identify barriers to successful math learning;
- Describe and apply strategies and beliefs that facilitate effective math learning;
- Describe the importance of adopting a growth mindset about math and explain how to develop a growth mindset;
- Represent mathematical ideas with visual and concrete models;
- Employ questioning strategies to support conceptual understanding; and
- Explain reasoning and solution paths to math problems orally and in writing.

## V. Topical Outline

Listed below are major areas of content typically covered in this course.

1. Lecture Sessions

- Identifying Barriers to Math Success
- Myths about math
- Brain research about math learning
- Math anxiety
- The power of beliefs

- Mindset
- Fixed vs. growth mindsets
- Applying mindset to math and other areas
- The importance of a growth mindset
- Strategies for developing a growth mindset
- Perseverance, persistence, and patience

- Learning through Mistakes
- Mistakes and brain growth
- Strategies of successful people
- Turning mistakes into learning
- Feedback and reflection

- Mathematical Thinking and Reasoning
- Speed vs. depth
- Questioning strategies
- Problem-solving process
- Number flexibility
- Communicating math reasoning
- Cooperative learning

- Making Sense of Math
- Intuition and questions
- Math connections
- Identifying patterns
- Visual and concrete representations
- Conceptual understanding vs. memorization of skills and methods

- Math in the World
- Math in nature
- Math in daily life
- Math at work
- Math at school: degree requirements

- Math Resources
- Reading math textbooks
- Online support resources
- Applets, apps, and game

- Integrated Math Topics (incorporated throughout the course)
- Number sense and estimation
- Operations with whole numbers and integers
- Fraction concepts and operations
- Place value and decimals
- Percents, ratios, and proportions
- Algebraic expressions
- Solving linear equations

2. Laboratory/Studio Sessions

## I. General Information

1. Course Title:

Math Success Strategies

2. Course Prefix & Number:

CCST 1560

3. Course Credits and Contact Hours:

**Credits:** 2

**Lecture Hours:** 2

4. Course Description:

This course helps students be successful in math through questioning strategies, modeling and visual representations, number flexibility, making connections among ideas, and identifying math in your life and future career. Students will explore a variety of math concepts with hands-on activities and cooperative learning to build confidence in math, develop math skills and conceptual understanding, and apply effective learning strategies for mathematics. Throughout the course, students will apply the concepts of effective learning while participating in math activities, games, cooperative learning. Math topics may vary depending on interests and needs of the group.

5. Placement Tests Required:

6. Prerequisite Courses:

CCST 1560 - Math Success Strategies

There are no prerequisites for this course.
9. Co-requisite Courses:

CCST 1560 - Math Success Strategies

There are no corequisites for this course.
## II. Transfer and Articulation

1. Course Equivalency - similar course from other regional institutions:

2. Transfer - regional institutions with which this course has a written articulation agreement:

## III. Course Purpose

1. Program-Applicable Courses – This course is required for the following program(s):

3. Other - If this course does NOT meet criteria for #1 or #2 above, it may be used for the purpose(s) selected below:

- Liberal Arts Elective
- Non-Transferrable General Education Course
- Technical Elective

## IV. Learning Outcomes

1. College-Wide Outcomes

College-Wide Outcomes/Competencies |
Students will be able to: |

Demonstrate oral communication skills |
Describe the importance of a growth mindset to success in math. |

Work as a team member to achieve shared goals |
Explore math concepts with manipulatives, activities, and cooperative learning. |

2. Course Specific Outcomes - Students will be able to achieve the following measurable goals upon completion of
the course:

- Identify barriers to successful math learning;
- Describe and apply strategies and beliefs that facilitate effective math learning;
- Describe the importance of adopting a growth mindset about math and explain how to develop a growth mindset;
- Represent mathematical ideas with visual and concrete models;
- Employ questioning strategies to support conceptual understanding; and
- Explain reasoning and solution paths to math problems orally and in writing.

## V. Topical Outline

Listed below are major areas of content typically covered in this course.

1. Lecture Sessions

- Identifying Barriers to Math Success
- Myths about math
- Brain research about math learning
- Math anxiety
- The power of beliefs

- Mindset
- Fixed vs. growth mindsets
- Applying mindset to math and other areas
- The importance of a growth mindset
- Strategies for developing a growth mindset
- Perseverance, persistence, and patience

- Learning through Mistakes
- Mistakes and brain growth
- Strategies of successful people
- Turning mistakes into learning
- Feedback and reflection

- Mathematical Thinking and Reasoning
- Speed vs. depth
- Questioning strategies
- Problem-solving process
- Number flexibility
- Communicating math reasoning
- Cooperative learning

- Making Sense of Math
- Intuition and questions
- Math connections
- Identifying patterns
- Visual and concrete representations
- Conceptual understanding vs. memorization of skills and methods

- Math in the World
- Math in nature
- Math in daily life
- Math at work
- Math at school: degree requirements

- Math Resources
- Reading math textbooks
- Online support resources
- Applets, apps, and game

- Integrated Math Topics (incorporated throughout the course)
- Number sense and estimation
- Operations with whole numbers and integers
- Fraction concepts and operations
- Place value and decimals
- Percents, ratios, and proportions
- Algebraic expressions
- Solving linear equations

2. Laboratory/Studio Sessions