Interdisciplinary learning in action Green Ambassadors Institute Los Angeles, CA February 7 & 10 2014
Who are we? Amy Frame Director of Curriculum & Instruction Sammy Lyon Service Learning Coordinator
Green ambassadors Curriculum • A-G Approved UC Course • Being updated to reflect new standards this summer • Working on middle school version • Available http://greenambassadors.org/curriculum-download/
What we are going to do ? • Monday February 10 • ECMS Benchmark Refinement Day • Teacher Teams at Work • Scoring Teacher Models with Rubrics • Benchmark Refinement Protocol • Work Time with ECHS & ECMS Teachers • Unit Design Cycle • Deepening Content Knowledge • Assessing & Reflecting • Friday February 7 • ECHS Community Forum • Student Projects • Student Q & A • Teacher Insights • Work Time with ECHS Teachers • Unit Design Cycle • 3 Entry Points • Themes • Standards • Projects • Teacher Work Time
What? Disciplines Interdisciplinary
Real World Why?
Why? Real Science
Why? Brain-Based Deep Learning with Multiple Intelligences Higher Order Thinking Skills
Why? WASC National Green Schools Competition Element 3A (20%) “Interdisciplinary learning about the key relationships between dynamic environmental, energy, and human systems.” Criterion B1: Standards-Based Student Learning: Curriculum “To what extent is there integration among disciplines?”
Why do you think we should do interdisciplinary instruction? Quick Question
2. • Find thematic connections. Unit design cycle
Cross cutting concepts (themes) • Pattern • Cause and effect • Scale, proportion, and quantity • Systems and system models • Energy and matter • Structure and function • Stability and change
What is the American Dream? What does it mean to be sustainable? Is the American Dream sustainable?
The American Dream means different things to different people and groups. • Being successful does not have to be defined by large homes and the accumulation of “stuff.” • Groups have had different access and obstacles to attaining the American Dream.
Echs intersession community Forum • One month mini-course, 1.0 credit • Includes: English, History, Math, Science, Spanish, College Prep, Art • Students & teachers arranged by grade level • Community Forum
Community forum observation • Time: From 9:30-10:30; Break until 10:45 • See at least one 10th grade presentation • Observation Form
Community forum debrief • Did you see anything that inspired you? • Did you see anyone else who was inspired? • What does inspired learning look like? • Where did see evidence of each? • Essential Questions • Guiding Questions • Themes • Big Ideas • Content Knowledge in Disciplines • Skills • Standards • Entry Point 2 Learning Objectives (Standards)
1. • Choose learning objectives. Unit design cycle
Dimension 1: Science & Engineering Practices • Dimension 2: Crosscutting Concepts (Themes) • Dimension 3: Disciplinary Core Ideas • Disciplinary Ideas are grouped in four domains: • physical sciences • life sciences • earth and space sciences • engineering, technology and applications of science
California’s Environmental Principles & Concepts • Principle I: People Depend on Natural Systems • Principle II: People Influence Natural Systems • Principle III: Natural Systems Change in Ways that People Benefit from and can Influence • Principle IV: There are no Permanent or Impermeable Boundaries that Prevent Matter from Flowing between Systems • Principle V: Decisions Affecting Resources and Natural Systems are Complex and Involve Many Factors
Unit planning • English • Math • History • Science • Handwork (Art) • & Games • College Prep & Advisory
How are the new standards an opportunity for you? Quick Question
Lunch break 12:00-12:45
Echs teachers • Samantha Knipp, Green Ambassadors • Amy Johnson, Math
Unit design cycle • 3. • Design the project.