Element 1: Introduce the CTE Lesson
Look through your selected lesson. How can you introduce the topic and engage your students in the CTE content immediately? While you are not directly incorporating science at this point, review your ideas for the scientific practices and see if this helps generate ideas for how to introduce the lesson. Maybe you can start by asking questions and getting your students to engage in this as well. Or perhaps you could start with a story or a video. What other ideas can you think of?
Make some notes in your participant guide on fun and/or engaging ways to start your lesson.
Element 2: Assess Your Students' Pre-Understanding of the Embedded Science
Element 3: Teach the CTE Content and the Embedded Science Within
Begin with the CTE content and gradually transition to the embedded science. Be sure to make a clear connection between the CTE and the science skills and knowledge, and how these skills and knowledge will translate to the workplace. Use both the CTE terminology and the scientific vocabulary so the students begin to understand that they are interchangeable or connected.
When planning this portion of your lesson, start considering the inquiry-based learning approach. Make sure you are connecting the material to the students’ prior knowledge and helping them make personal connections to the material. Help your students make clear connections to how they will use the knowledge or skills they are learning in the workplace.
Remember the five core principles of integrating science into CTE as you develop this portion of your lesson. In your participant guide, jot down a few ideas for how you can teach the material keeping the core principles in mind.
Element 4: Create Activities with Authentic Application of CTE Using Inquiry
This is an excellent area to use the online resources provided in Part 1 of this course to help you develop ideas for activities. Additionally, turn to your community of teachers (both science and CTE teachers) as well as industry partners to help you come up with engaging real-world activities for your students.
Once again, consider the inquiry-based learning approach as you develop this portion of your lesson. What level(s) of inquiry will you use?
In your participant guide, make a few notes about ideas for activities. You may want to review some of the online resources included in the PDF below.
Element 5: Provide Opportunities for Students to Demonstrate Understanding of the Explicit Science in the Lesson
In your participant guide, write down some ideas for ways to have your students demonstrate their understanding of the science in your lesson.
Element 6: Evaluate Through Formal Assessments of CTE and Science Knowledge and Skills
In your participant guide write down some different options for formally assessing the CTE and science knowledge and skills in your lesson. When brainstorming ideas for this portion of the lesson, consider alternatives to an exam or quiz as a tool of formal assessment.
Here are some ideas to consider:
- Design an interesting and challenging assignment.
- Create and use rubrics for assessment.
- Assign groups an assignment, but evaluate the work both on the group and individual level.
- Have the students present/teach a topic covered in the lesson or have them create a video or e-learning module.
- Have the students develop and conduct an experiment to prove or disprove what they’ve learned or were taught.