Integrating math into career and technical education (CTE) programs enhances student understanding of the mathematical concepts embedded in the CTE curriculum. It provides the opportunity for math and CTE teachers to work together to identify where math intersects with CTE concepts and applications. Students benefit from this team approach by having a math concept taught in the same context in the CTE classroom as in the math classroom. Research shows that this model has a significant positive impact on student learning in mathematics with no loss to CTE content.
Math T-Charts have been developed to "bridge the gap" between CTE and math and can be used by both math and CTE teachers. Each Math T-Chart illustrates how a math teacher teaches a Pennsylvania Core Standard and how a CTE teacher teaches the same concept. For instance, a math teacher calculates slope while a carpentry instructor calculates the pitch of a roof. The T-Chart parallels the two approaches and identifies the related vocabulary. The script that accompanies the T-Chart will assist the teacher by comparing similarities and differences between the two methods and identifying common student errors. The practice problems include three trade or program related problems, three in generic applications, and three in core standard language. Math teachers will benefit from the real world applications related to each Core Standard.
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Math T-Chart Templates: Templates have been developed that align with the Pennsylvania Core Standards for Algebra 1. These templates contain the math component of the T-Chart. A CTE teacher could then develop the technical side of the T-Chart to show how the math concept would be taught in the CTE program. A math teacher could assist with this activity.
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