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Thursday, January 20 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Making the Connections: Integrating Mathematics and Science Inquiry

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Mathematics is the language of science; yet, students may perform very well in math class, but never transfer this knowledge to science lessons. Science and mathematics teachers are familiar with their TEKS, but may or may not be cognizant of what skills students have previously mastered in other subjects. Being able to integrate knowledge of mathematics and science requires that students develop higher level thinking skills. To help students develop these skills, teachers can provide open-ended activities. These require the students to design and carry out experiments such as making rain with a limited number of classroom and laboratory materials. As their comfort level increases, students begin to use problem-solving strategies which allow them to generate knowledge new to themselves. They become more efficient and effective in their use of materials, and they quickly discover the steps necessary to answer the questions posed in the activity. The activities you will do in this workshop require integration of both their math and science, making applications of both while engaging in problem solving/critical thinking. Teaching strategies are modeled, content information is given, and teachers are asked to construct their own knowledge of alternatives to "cookbook" labs and "stand-up and tell" methods


Thursday January 20, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm CST
Pecos Main Floor

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