Examples of Math Integrated into CTE Lessons:
- Students apply geometry to real-life situations in a CTE construction course.
- Students use patterns and shapes to design a room in a CTE interior design course.
- Students use graphs and algebra to compute a company’s total revenue, total costs, and the break-even point in a CTE marketing course.
- Students use measuring units to test a recipe in a CTE culinary arts class.
- Instruction centers around a concept, issue, problem, topic, or experience that students may encounter in a real-world work situation.
- Students explore the content in standards-based academic disciplines connected by a unifying CTE concept that reinforces learning and brings the curriculum to life.
- The concept being explored brings together various aspects of the curriculum in a meaningful way.
Source: Clayton, M., et al. (2011). “Designing Multidisciplinary Integrated Curriculum Units.” ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career. Retrieved from https://connectednational.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/LL_Designing_Curriculum_Units_2010_v5_web.pdf
Effective math and science integration within the context of the CTE program can
- help students recognize the math involved in a real-world work situation;
- motivate students to develop mathematical reasoning skills;
- stimulate curiosity;
- strengthen problem-solving abilities; and
- build confidence in communicating with seasoned professionals.
CTE teachers play an important role in helping students gain the skills they need to be successful. It’s not enough to simply teach the CTE content. This two-part course will provide you with strategies, examples, and resources to support you as you engage your students in math and mathematical reasoning as part of their CTE program of study.
While CTE teachers are experts in their professional fields and specialty areas, they may be apprehensive about teaching math to their students. They may be intimidated by the subject and may lack confidence in their own math skills. In this article, CTE teacher Gary Scarpello provides some useful tips to help you overcome your anxiety as you work to integrate math into your curriculum.
Source: Scarpello, G. (2009). “Tips for Teaching Math to CTE Students.” Techniques. Association of Career & Technical Education (ACTE), March 2009.
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