Math in CTE
Career and Technical educators in the Alamance Burlington School System recognizes the fact that today's workforce must possess technical STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) skills to be competitive in ever changing global economy. In order to ensure student success, during the 2017-2018 school year, CTE teachers across the district participated in professional development to gain more insightful strategies to incorporate math into their lessons to promote and strengthen real world mathematical applications among their students. By participating in this professional development, ABSS CTE educators gained a better understanding of their students' math skills and left with a "resource tool box" full of strategies and best practices to be integrated into the curriculum for improving mathematical understanding and application.
CTE teachers from around the district, integrate math into their curriculums on a regular basis. The table below reflects just a few ways math is embedded into ABSS CTE curricula.
SAMPLE OF HOW ABSS CTE EDUCATORS
INTEGRATE MATH INTO THE CURRICULUM
Tips for Teaching Math in CTE
The following are examples of numeracy strategies to integrate within the curriculum according to Davidson County School System:
- Teach and Learn - is a strategy that is based on research indicating that the best learning method to increase retention is to teach someone else. Teaching someone else may be done by expressing ideas or methods in one's own words, thereby, clarifying and reinforcing one's own understanding.
- Math to Self/Math to Life - is a strategy to see a relationship between a math concept and a real life situation or one's own prior learning. Finding math to self/math to life connections greatly increases the relevance of new information and skills being learned.
- Fast Write - is a strategy that allows the teacher to quickly assess a student's understanding of a concept through a brief writing explanation.
- Mental Calculations - allows students to think through a problem mentally. This strategy allows students to build their thinking skills and their sense of numerical relationships. It also allows them to quickly analyze the correctness or accuracy of their solution.
- Think Aloud - is a strategy that can be used two ways. First, the teacher could model problem solving skills to a class by thinking aloud. This allows the class to see the thinking that is involved behind the problem. Second, the student could solve a problem by thinking aloud. This will allow the teacher to better understand the student's thought process.
- Think-Pair-Share - is a strategy that allows students to work in groups of two. Paired students work the problem, then take turns sharing their work with each other.
- KWC (Know, Want, Conditions) - is a strategy used while solving a problem. It allows students to filter the information that they already know about the problem, what they want or need to know, and what rules or conditions they may need to apply.
- Pictorial Representations and Physical Representations - is a strategy that allows students to draw out their answer or use manipulatives such as tooth picks, jelly beans, etc. to assist in solving the problem.
- Graphic Organizers - Students often have trouble organizing information. Graphic Organizers are tools that allows students to organize information in a meaningful way.
- Chunking - is any strategy that organizes complex content into smaller, more manageable, "chunks". It begins with the end in mind and separates the lesson into smaller mini-lessons.
- Vocabulary Magnet - is a strategy that allows students to write the math vocabulary word above a picture of a magnet. They will then think about and look for words or ideas that relate to the word or phrase in the magnet. Once the ideas are developed, students will write the words and ideas on the lines around the magnet.
Lesson Plans Utilizing Math in CTE Curriculums