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Developing Contextualized Material Five Step Process to develop contextualized material by Hector Valenzuela Lake Washington Institute of Technology Email: hector.valenzuela@lwtech.edu 1

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Overall Concept for today… Introduction Hour 1 = Phase 1 Review my Five Step Process for Contextualized Material (40 minutes) 10 minute break Hour 2 = Phase 2 60 minute workshop Each participant to walk through Five Step Process Each participant to walk away with an outline for their contextualized material Wrap up at the end of the hour 2

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Introduction Phase I My background… Management Information Systems Business & Business Development Business Finance Teaching at the college level & IBEST Math 3

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Experience, Continual Learning and Contextualized Material Why are the below areas important to developing Contextualized Material? Your career and work experience Continual Learning (classes, training, workshops) Your perspective 4

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IBEST Math at Lake Washington Institute of Technology Current IBEST Math work… Math sequencing Students not interested or do not like math Low success rates in math The Solution… Integrating math with the technical core areas 5

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Five Key Points to developing contextualized material Key Point #1 – Keep the end in mind. What do you want to accomplish in your material? More informed students Job or career oriented skills developed Students more knowledgeable citizens Successful students outside of class (How do you define this success?) 6

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Key Point #1 Keep the end in mind. 7 STUDENT OUTCOMES AND COMPETENCIES: Introduction to Algebra Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: Identify the basic properties of real numbers. Apply properties of the real number system to both numeric and algebraic problems. Solve first and second degree equations in symbolic and in word problems. Solve and graph inequalities. Solve formulas for a specified variable. Graph linear equations. Solve systems of equations in two variables. Apply the rules of exponents. Use factoring to solve equation. Use the mathematical critical thinking skills of problem solving, pattern recognition, substitution, following structural rules, and quantitative modeling to solve problems involving basic algebra. Source: Lake Washington Institute of Technology – Math Department Outcomes and Competencies

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Key Point #1 Keep the end in mind. 8 Source: Lake Washington Institute of Technology – CASAS Testing Center (ASC)

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Key Point #1 Keep the end in mind. 9 Financial Literacy…

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Key Point #1 Keep the end in mind. 10 Financial Literacy… Losses in value can be even more spectacular $10,000 invested in September 2000 in Palm Inc. would have been reduced to $91 by April 2003 A holding in July 2000 of 15 million in Exeter Equity Growth Fund would have been worth 72,463 in August 2003 (the share price fell from 103.50 to 0.50)

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Key Point #2 Know your students. 11 Source: Developed by H.Valenzuela for IBEST Math – Lake Washington Institute of Technology

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Key Point #2 Know your students. 12 Additional project in IBEST Math is… On Ramp Program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology: Students have English as a second language (ESL) Goal is to prepare ESL students for college level math Knowing my students in this program is critical to developing effective contextualized material

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Key Point #2 Know your students. 13 Spend time getting to know your students Know their goals Talk with other instructors on how to help our students

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Key Point #3 Identify what students will use most. 14 Source: Developed by H.Valenzuela for IBEST Math – Lake Washington Institute of Technology

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Key Point #3 Identify what students will use most. 15 Source: Developed by H.Valenzuela for IBEST Math Lake Washington Institute of Technology Creating a Camshaft Event Timing Chart:

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Key Point #3 Identify what students will use most. 16 Source: Lake Washington Institute of Technology – Auto Electrical Course

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Key Point #3 Identify what students will use most. 17 Source: Lake Washington Institute of Technology – Auto Electrical Course Source: Fox Broadcasting Corporation http://www.fox.com/kitchennightmares /

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Key Point #4 Stick to basic tools. What tools do you currently use to develop class material? 18 Source: Microsoft Office Desktop from H.Valenzuela

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Five Key Points to developing contextualized material Key Point #4 – Stick to basic tools. 19 Source: Developed by H.Valenzuela for IBEST Math On Ramp Program – Lake Washington Institute of Technology

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Five Key Points to developing contextualized material Key Point #4 – Stick to basic tools. 20 Source: Developed by H.Valenzuela for IBEST Math On Ramp Program – Lake Washington Institute of Technology

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Five Key Points to developing contextualized material Key Point #4 – Stick to basic tools. 21 Source: Developed by H.Valenzuela for IBEST Math On Ramp Program – Lake Washington Institute of Technology

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Five Key Points to developing contextualized material Key Point #4 – Stick to basic tools. Microsoft Word PowerPoint Paint Programs Excel 22

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Five Key Points to developing contextualized material Key Point #5 – Use all your resources. What resources do you currently have at your college? Faculty in the same field or different field Publishers and online course material (slides) Your experience 23

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Turn to your neighbor… Talk to the person next to you about what excites you about creating contextualized material… Take a 10 minute break Note: For your reading, there is an article attached on the IBEST Math program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology 24

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Developing Contextualized Material – Phase 2 Five Step Process to develop contextualized material by Hector Valenzuela Lake Washington Institute of Technology Email: hector.valenzuela@lwtech.edu 25

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60 Minute Workshop Hour 2 = Phase 2 Our goal is to complete the Five Steps to Developing Contextualized Material For you to come away with an outline of a contextualized material product 26

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Five Key Points to developing contextualized material Key Point #1 – Keep the end in mind. What do you want to accomplish in your material? What is the most important concept that you want your students to walk away with? What does this look like for you, your students, and your class? Take 5 – 10 minutes to write your answers down… 27

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Five Key Points to developing contextualized material Key Point #1 – Keep the end in mind. Debrief on Key Point #1… 28

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Five Key Points to developing contextualized material Key Point #2 – Know your students. What skills do your students need? How do you get to know your students? Do you know where your students are headed in terms of their career? Take 5 – 10 minutes to write your answers down… 29

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Five Key Points to developing contextualized material Key Point #2 – Know your students. Debrief Key Point #2… 30

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Five Key Points to developing contextualized material Key Point #3 – Identify what students will use most. What applied problems will help your students the most? How can you utilize your curriculum, background and experience to help you with this? Who can you contact in your college to help you with this? Take 5 – 10 minutes to write your answers down… 31

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Five Key Points to developing contextualized material Key Point #3 – Identify what students will use most. Debrief Key Point #3… 32

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Five Key Points to developing contextualized material Key Point #4 – Stick to basic tools. What tools do you currently use to develop class material? What computer applications are you good with? How can you simplify the contextualized material development process so that it is simple? Take 5 – 10 minutes to write your answers down… 33

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Five Key Points to developing contextualized material Key Point #4 – Stick to basic tools. Debrief Key Point #4… 34

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Five Key Points to developing contextualized material Key Point #5 – Use all your resources. What resources do you currently have at your college? What resources does your publisher or publishers offer to you or your college? What resources do your peers in other departments have that they would let you utilize? Take 5 – 10 minutes to write your answers down… 35

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Five Key Points to developing contextualized material Key Point #5 – Use all your resources. Debrief Key Point #5… 36

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Five Key Points to developing contextualized material Wrap up… Quick Review: Key Point #1 Keep the end in mind. Key Point #2 Know your students. Key Point #3 Identify what your students need most. Key Point #4 Stick to basic tools. Key Point #5 Use all your resources. 37

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Questions… Thank you for being a great group of participants… Email: hector.valenzuela@lwtech.edu 38

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