Integrated Math vs. Traditional Pathway

I’m on a “STEAM Team” at my school for the next year.  We are looking at ways to include more STEM/STEAM offerings and what kind of changes, if any, we should make in our Science and Math curriculum.  I’m the math teacher representative on this team and my awesome colleague, Dr. Brande Jones, is the science teacher representative.  Brande and I have been talking quite a bit about both integrated science and math.  She already teaches her Bio classes in an integrated manner, including Chem as that is natural to her, she is a BioChem major.  However, this isn’t done formally at our school, nor throughout the science classes.

I have been interested in Integrated Math for a while, especially since that is how the majority of countries teach math.  The State of Georgia implemented Integrated Math a few years ago, and it didn’t go well.  I’m working on trying to find out why it wasn’t successful.  This article from Education Week (2014) helps a bit and has a quote from the Fulton County Superintendent that makes it clear the planning was done poorly.  A 2015 Education Week article states that West Virginia has given up mandating Integrated Math as well.  However, it doesn’t state why it failed.

Our math consultant tweeted a few ideas as to why Integrated Math isn’t always a success:

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How about you?  Do you have experience with Integrated Math – good or bad?  How have you seen it implemented well? poorly? Thanks for any insights!

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