ABE Contextualized Math Modules: Commercial Truck Driver

The module teaches basic mathematics concepts within the context of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics career cluster using routine tasks performed by a commercial truck driver.
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State of Washington ABE instructors for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
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2009
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The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges in partnership with Washington Online supported the development of a series of contextualized math modules for Adult Basic Education (ABE). Written by instructors from across the state, each module consists of a PowerPoint file containing self-paced instructional content. The files can be shared with students for direct use.  Instructors can also use the PowerPoint file as a basis for lesson presentation. The series teaches mathematics concepts within the context of occupations spanning the Health Science, Transportation, and Architecture/Construction career clusters. The entire series of 12 modules is accessible at www.sbctc.ctc.edu/college/_e-abepd_teachingresources.aspx

The commercial truck driver module provides scenario-based instruction to teach the mathematics concepts involved in scheduling drivers, determining the total time worked and calculating pay, which are tasks commonly performed by commercial truck drivers. Each task presents a scenario-based problem and teaches the math skills essential to solving it. Practice problems are provided for both skill development and application to authentic situations with answers available to allow learners to check their work. An assessment is included at the conclusion of the module. Audio narration is provided for the workplace scenarios to support lower-level readers and ELL students.

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The focus of this math strand is for commercial truck driver managers to be able to manage and schedule drivers, determine the total time worked, and calculate pay and overtime. Students will be able to: (1) Add hours and minutes; (2) Convert hours and minutes into hours in decimal form; (3) Convert hours in decimal form to hours and minutes; (4) Add decimals; (5) Multiply decimals; (6) Round numbers; (7) Problem solve; (8) Divide fractions and decimals; (9) Work with percentages; and (10) Convert fractions to decimals.

This resource was reviewed and vetted through the Designing Instruction for Career Pathways initiative of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education under Contract No. ED-CFO-10-A-0072/0001.