7 Replies Latest reply: Jan 25, 2012 5:57 AM by Jane Brown RSS

Curriculum integration

sench New User
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What is the closest school subject that mathematics can be integrated with or into?

 

I always believed science is the most mathematics-heavy subject, but not sure whose responsibility is to teach the mathematics used in science? Because the two curricula are not aligned, I had many science teachers complaining about their students' lack of knowledge in mathematics? Should the science teacher assume the responsibility of teaching mathematics in their classrooms besides their content area?

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    blivings New User
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    The magic bullet would be that it happens seamlessly! In reality, this requires communication between the departments to address the issues and perhaps create cross-disciplinary units?

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      Jane Brown Master
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      I like Beverly's comment, Sencer.  As a mathematics teacher who strived over the years to make math relevant for my students, what better way than for them to discover in their science class that the math they just learned connected.

       

      This will take communications and coordination between the math and science teacher but we can all envision the gains made by students.  Who knows, may be this coordination will bring about opportunities to co-teach topics, always a win-win situation for teachers and students.

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    mooremary New User
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    You really didn't specify an age group, but here are my ideas overall - I am not a professional teacher but I did home school my ADD son for 3 years until he caught back up for regular school. Measuring my effectiveness? He caught up.

    geography for measuring / converting (miles & kilometers;  ratios)

    cooking for fractions, metrics (recipes and formulas both!)

    angles? parks maintenance for tree height calculations....

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    fleabittenjoe New User
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    I work at a school that tries to integrate across curriculum as much as possible and we find that it really depends on what you are teaching. One of the questions our Math teachers ask themselves is "where is this used in day to day" and then those of us in other content areas try and find places in our curriculum. I know statistics and the social sciences match up very nicely and geometry and geography do as well. If you think, "Hey, this really doesn't fit science, but would make for a really interesting history or ELA lesson," approach a teacher that's covering that material and ask them if they have any ideas.

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    mmeacham New User
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    I'm lucky enough to work at a school with a combined Math/Science/English program that focuses on science fair papers and research.  It can be helpful to bring in scientists and engineers to help the kids understand the overlap.  Is there a math teacher (or several of them) with whom you can work on a couple of projects so the kids can understand how the math can help them understand their science? 

    Our system isn't perfect, but when we approach science fair, we each take a section and reinforce the importance of the other subjects with the kids.  It is very important to outline whose responsibility is what with this kind of collaboration, but it can be so great for the students. 

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    mscurtin New User
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    As a science teacher, I find I am also aggrevated by students' lack of mathematical skills. It's quite irritating when they can't figure out their % score on a test out of 50 points. In a standard level biology class, I might have students in 3 different levels of math classes. The approach I like to take it teaching students math from the analytical stand point. I incorporate different types of graphs, and have student identify/recognize the relationships between independent & dependent variables. This helps them practice their mathematical skills in the scope of science.

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      Jane Brown Master
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      As a K-12 teacher of math, science, and technology, I learned rather quickly to work collaboratively with my colleagues.

       

      In math classes, I wanted to know what students were doing in their science course and how I could work with them to gain the skills they needed for that class. This helped the students and the teachers see a connection between subjects. I like the way you "help them practice their mathematical skill in the scope of science," LIsa.

       

      To further address the original question in this discussion, I think all teachers should assume the responsibility of teaching their students the skills they need for life and math is a life skill.  I like Mary Moore's approach to incorporating math in all subjects.  Collaborating with the math teacher can only make the connections easier and more transparent to the students.

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