PLTW and Common Core

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PLTW and Common Core
PLTW State Conference, Sacramento, California
February 21, 2014
Mike Martin, King High School, Riverside, California
Introduction
• Overview of PLTW and it’s ‘relationship’ to Common Core
• How can I implement more Common Core Friendly activities into my
PLTW curriculum?
Remember……
• …….Project Lead the Way IS Common Core
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The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the
knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.
--Mission Statement, CCSS, corestandards.org
High School: Modeling
• Modeling links classroom mathematics and statistics
to everyday life, work, and decision-making.
-- corestandards.org/Math/Content/HSM
Is PLTW already aligned with CCSS?
• Yes!
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Go to alignment.pltw.org
Click on the Standards and Objectives Alignment Tab
Choose your favorite PLTW class
You will find CCSS Math, Language Arts, and Next
Generation Science Standards
High School – ELA – Science and Tech
• The Standards set requirements not only for English language arts (ELA) but
also for literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects.
Just as students must learn to read, write, speak, listen, and use language
effectively in a variety of content areas, so too must the Standards specify
the literacy skills and understandings required for college and career
readiness in multiple disciplines. (emphasis by presenter)
-- corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy
High School – ELA – Science and Tech
What? You want to do it better?
• Collaborate
• Within PLTW
• With other classes and programs
• Other Activities Within a Class
Collaboration
• Within a PLTW program
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IED is a perfect class to collaborate with
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IED students can reverse engineer a project from ANY class.
POE-IED - use VEX part files to assemble a machine (POE Unit 3).
Let IED students use what they’ve learned with principles and elements of design to
help the EDD class with their capstone design.
POE-CIM – use VEX parts to assemble and program a factory or another factory
machine.
DE-EDD – helping with controlling a capstone project.
Collaboration
• With a non-PLTW class or program
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PLTW with Science
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AP Environmental Science
Physics
PLTW with Math
PLTW with Physical Education
PLTW with the school district architects
Other Class Activities
• Online Discussions
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Moodle, Blackboard, Haiku, and other LMS allow for online discussions
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Give a scenario and have students respond
Find case studies and problems online – let students reflect on real life situations
Also fulfills Writing standards
• POE class
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Unit 3.1 - Other problems to solve – laser engraver, harvester, golf ball dispenser, etc.
Other Class Activities
• EDD class
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Put out requests to the school staff for ‘problems’ to solve
Give ‘themes’ to your students – disabled, sports, ‘around the house’
• Writing
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Already included in IED, POE, and EDD, for the most part
Include it in DE, CIM, and CEA – how?
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Design Briefs
‘Instruction Manuals’
Summary
• We are fortunate to be involved in a program that is already aligned with
Common Core.
• There is still room to include other ways to model.
• Get involved with other classes, both within your PLTW program and
outside of it.

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