What is your plan for implementing math across the curriculum? Have you been asked this question at a teacher job interview:
It is important that the response you give to the job interview question is truthful, relevant to the position, and shows value to the school district. The following could be a possible answer, or it may provide some ideas for you to tailor your response:
It’s important to integrate math across the curriculum to create conceptual learning, which results from moving toward connecting mathematics, its ideas, and its application to other study areas.
I implement math across the curriculum through demonstrating mathematics in real-life situations as they apply to other subjects – art, music, physical education, science, social studies, and English – which allows students to recognize the importance of math concepts in all subject areas.
When teaching students lessons in other subject areas, I teach math concepts by utilizing patterns, formulas, probability, statistics, graphs, designing, analyzing data, and central tendencies.
For instance, when teaching Social Studies, I incorporate activities such as determining scale, direction, and coordinates on maps and analyzing graphs and statistics data. And in Phys. Ed, I have students log data regarding their physical activities to determine the height, distance, time, correlations, and statistics. Using math manipulatives when appropriate has always contributed to academic success.
These methods have helped students’ achievement rates and have helped them make better sense of what they’re learning because they can make connections with previous learning and different study areas.