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  1. Difficulties in Integrating Math & Science ByJennifer Leon & Maritza Cuenca

  2. Historical Difficulties • Conceptual • Political • Social • Lack of Trained Teachers

  3. Beginnings of Change • Technological Advancement • Political Barriers Lifted • Social Barriers Lifted

  4. Modern Difficulties • Separate Standards for Science and Mathhttp://www.isbe.net/ils/science/stage_F/12DF.pdfhttp://www.isbe.net/ils/math/stage_F/6BF.pdf • Textbooks Don’t Foster Integration • Lack of Prepared Materials & Curriculum • Lack of Teachers Qualified to Teach Math & Science • Lack of Secondary Integrated Science & Math Courses

  5. Reasons to Integrate • Natural Connection Between Math and Science • Engage Students in Both Subjects • Better Understanding of Everyday Life • Technological Advancement • National Security

  6. Everyday Knowledge • Knowledge of Curiosity • What the Air is Made Of • Why Certain Objects Float or Sink • Practical Knowledge • What Soil is Best for Growing Crops • Informed Consumer Knowledge • What is In Our Foods • What Cars Are Best to Buy

  7. Tips for Integration • Adoption of Available Programs/Resources • Align State Standards to AAAS Benchmarks http://www.sciencenetlinks.org/benchmark_index.htm • Push for Textbooks that Integrate Science & Math • Educate Adminstration, Politicians, Community, Parents

  8. Better Training • Better Pre-service Training of Teachers Project 2061 : Blueprints On-Line-Teacher Education • Continuing Education-College LevelMastery Bonuses http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c107:S.648.IS:/ • Professional DevelopmentTeachers Academyhttp://www.tams.org/about/Eisenhower National Clearing Househttp://www.enc.org/professional/?ls=hoMathematics & Science Consortiumhttp://www.learningpt.org/msc/services/index.html • Informal EducationSeminars & Workshops-(DMI) http://www2.edc.org/CDT/dmi/dmicur.html • Museums, Parks & Conservation GroupsCenter for Environmental Educationhttp://www.schoolsgogreen.org/ncr.htmlDistrict Science & Math Teacher MeetingsTeacher-Scientist-Researcher Networks IMSA Great Minds Programhttp://www2.imsa.edu/programs/greatminds/

  9. Curriculum Changes • Align District Curriculum K-12 • Edit Curriculum to Conform to Benchmarks • Integrate Slowly-After School Programs, Extension, Added to Current Unit • Ongoing Assessment • Align Summative Assessments to Curriculum

  10. Logistical Changes • Resource Teachers • Block Scheduling • Team Teaching • In House Integration Training • Reallocate Unused Textbooks Funds to Material Funds including Supplies

  11. Locating Integrated Math & Science Materials • Modify Current Curriculum • Create Integrated Curriculum from Available Science Kits. Extend Available Activities • Share Project Materials with Same Grade Level Teachers • Locate Activities that use Cheap Materials • Utilize Internet Based Units Project Learning Tree http://pt3.cl.uh.edu/lessonplan/lessonplansee2.cfm?ID=467 • Request Free Materials/Apply for GrantsEPA Publicationshttp://www.epa.gov/ncepihom/index.htmNumerous Resourceshttp://pt3.cl.uh.edu/resources.cfmGrants- National Science Teachers Assos.http://www.nsta.org/awardscomp

  12. Websites • http://www.isbe.net/ils/math/word/goal10.doc Math Goals • http://www.isbe.net/ils/math/stage_F/6BF.pdf Math Performance Standard • http://www.isbe.net/ils/science/word/goal13.doc Science Goals • http://www.isbe.net/ils/science/stage_F/12DF.pdf Science Performance Standard • http://www.tams.org/about/ Teachers Academy • http://www2.edc.org/CDT/dmi/dmicur.html The Developing Mathematical Ideas Curriculum • http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c107:S.648.IS Project 2061 Teacher Education • http://www.project2061.org/publications/articles/articles/da.htm Project 2061 “Trimming the Overstuffed Curriculum • http://pt3.cl.uh.edu/lessonplan/lessonplansee2.cfm?ID=467 Project Learning Tree- Environmental Activity Lesson Plans • http://www.epa.gov/ncepihom/index.htm EPA Publications • http://pt3.cl.uh.edu/resources.cfm Numerous Resources • http://www.nsta.org/awardscomp Grants- National Science Teachers Assoc. • http://www.lhsgems.org/gems.html GEMS Professional Development • http://www.ascd.org/publications/ed_lead/200402/allen.html Web Wonders/Improving Achievement in Math and Science • http://scholar.lib.vt/edu/ejournals/JTEv14n1/panaabecker.html “Integrating Technology, Science, and Math at Napoleon’s School for Industry, 1806-1815”