Tuesday, August 12, 2014 8:00 AM
Friday, August 15, 2014 5:00 PM
Construction – Midwest/ACTE Region 1
“Why do I have to learn this?
When am I ever going to use this?”
These are common questions asked by students in classrooms across the
nation. When students don’t see
meaningful connections between what they are learning and the real world, their
brains shut down and learning stops.
Knowing this, the Marquette-Alger Regional Educational
Service Agency (MARESA) in Marquette, Michigan is helping local school
districts implement a unique program that uses the construction trades to
reinforce math concepts. The program
developed by two teachers from Loveland (CO) High School, Construction Trades
Teacher Scott Burke and Math Teacher Tom Moore, is called Geometry in Construction (GIC)and its results in math achievement have been outstanding.
Ishpeming High School became the first school in Michigan to
pilot this program during the 2013-14 school year and, although their pilot was
limited, they experienced much of the same success that other schools around
the country are seeing in terms of increased student engagement and improved
math achievement. Another benefit of the
program is the high percentage of female students who are introduced to the
construction trades, many of whom distinguish themselves as leaders within the
cooperative learning groups that are key to the program.
Thanks to the Eagle Mine, which is sponsoring the event,
MARESA will host a four-day Geometry in Construction Training, August 12-15 at
Northern Michigan University’s Jacobetti Complex in Marquette, Michigan. The Eagle Mine’s generous grant will allow
us to offer the entire GIC curriculum, innovative teaching stategies and
training at a cost of $500 per teacher (normally $1,600 per teacher). Please note that teachers must attend as a
team of one math teacher and one CTE teacher.
You can learn more about the Geometry In Construction program
If you are interested in attending this training and
acquiring the GIC curriculum, please contact Brian Sarvello, MARESA CTE
Director at 906-362-1450 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are limited to 30 instructors for this training, so please
act quickly. Thank you.