At the College of William and Mary, pre-service middle school science and mathematics teachers enroll in their respective methods courses taught in the same time period. Both instructors emphasize the importance of the content pedagogy unique to their disciplines in their individual courses such as strategies for teaching problem solving, computation, proportional reasoning, algebraic and geometric thinking in mathematics, and strategies for teaching students how to "investigate" or design and conduct experiments in science. However, the two classes come together for sessions in which they examine the relationship of the two disciplines and the proper role of technology, both graphing calculator and computer, in their instruction Starting with resources such as Science in Seconds for Kids by Jean Potter , the science students collaborate with the math students to design and conduct brief experiments. The data generated is analyzed using spreadsheets and later graphing calculators. Various classes of mathematical curves are examined using data generated by sensors/probes and CBLs. Through this experience the pre-service teachers learn to work collaboratively with their colleagues on meaningful tasks, strengthening the effectiveness of all participants.
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Mason, M. M. and Giese, R. N.
"Using Technology as a Vehicle to Appropriately Integrate Mathematics and Science Instruction for the Middle School,"
Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations: Vol. 2
, Article 32.
Available at: https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/jmsce_vamsc/vol2/iss2/32