Carolyn Crosby, Math Lead at St. Luke Catholic High School in Smiths Falls, has been working to help secondary students develop essential skills for the apprenticeship and college pathway. This school year, Ms. Crosby developed a project based on what skills students need to be successful in the trades. The conversations with staff from St. Lawrence, Kemptville and Algonquin Colleges involved math teachers as well as trades teachers. From these conversations a set of necessary math skills were identified and curriculum developed.
The lessons include communications, knowledge and skill development, and hands-on learning. Findings of the project will be shared in November, where teachers will determine success of the lesson format.