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Difficulties in Integrating Math & Science By Jennifer Leon & Maritza Cuenca Historical Difficulties Conceptual Political Social Lack of Trained Teachers Beginnings of Change Technological Advancement Political Barriers Lifted Social Barriers Lifted Modern Difficulties

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difficulties in integrating math science

Difficulties in Integrating Math & Science

ByJennifer Leon & Maritza Cuenca

historical difficulties
Historical Difficulties
  • Conceptual
  • Political
  • Social
  • Lack of Trained Teachers
beginnings of change
Beginnings of Change
  • Technological Advancement
  • Political Barriers Lifted
  • Social Barriers Lifted
modern difficulties
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
reasons to integrate
Reasons to Integrate
  • Natural Connection Between Math and Science
  • Engage Students in Both Subjects
  • Better Understanding of Everyday Life
  • Technological Advancement
  • National Security
everyday knowledge
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
tips for integration
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
better training
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/
curriculum changes
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
logistical changes
Logistical Changes
  • Resource Teachers
  • Block Scheduling
  • Team Teaching
  • In House Integration Training
  • Reallocate Unused Textbooks Funds to Material Funds including Supplies
locating integrated math science materials
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
websites
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”