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Homework Interdisciplinary Reading #2 Concept map (with essential questions) Interdisciplinary Wheel Blog reaction to TeacherStory1 Interdisciplinary Curriculum Design What is Interdisciplinary curriculum? A way to organize the curriculum, so that the

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homework
Homework

Interdisciplinary Reading #2

Concept map (with essential questions)

Interdisciplinary Wheel

Blog reaction to TeacherStory1

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What is Interdisciplinary curriculum?

A way to organize the curriculum, so that the

content of one subject area is enriched and

reinforced by another, and vice versa.

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Language Arts

Mathematics

THEME

ELD

Music

Science

Social Studies

An integrated thematic unit

theoretical and historical background
Theoretical and Historical Background

John Dewey (1913): “. . . Education comes only through

willing attention to and participation in school

activities. It follows that the teacher select these

activities with reference to the child’s interests,

powers, and capacities.”

James Mursell (1956): “Integration has to do, not primarily

with subject matter, but with people and their lives.”

Lev S. Vygotsky (1962) = “Each person must construct

his or her own reality . . . construction should always

precede analysis.”

benefits
Benefits
  • improves higher order thinking skills
  • gives the learner a more unified sense of process and content
  • improves the learner’s mastery of content
  • teaches the student to adopt multiple points of view on issues
  • gives them ownership of their own studies
  • improves their motivation to learn

-Ellis and Fouts (2001)

connections approach wiggins and wiggins 2001
“Connections Approach”Wiggins and Wiggins, 2001
  • Thematic or content connection
  • Conceptual connections
  • Process connections
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Thematic or content connections

Language Arts

Read and respond to

Biography of

Eleanor Roosevelt

Mathematics

Graph – various government

Positions held by women

THEME

Women who‘ve

a difference

ELD

Interview women in the

Community about their

Accomplishments & goals.

Music

Listen to/analyze music

by women composers

Science

Accomplishments of

Women scientists

Social Studies

History of women’s

suffrage

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Conceptual or

Process connections

Common to various disciplines:

“Knowing how a process functions in one discipline

can enhance the student’s understanding of how

it functions in another.” (Wiggins, 2001)

Verbal literacy =

Listening + Speaking

+ Reading + Writing

Musical understanding =

Performing + Creating +

Listening

(Deriving meaning; more

than mere decoding)

(A deep understanding;

More than mere note-reading)

process connections continued
(Science/Kinder) Compare and sort common objects by one physical attribute.

(Science/Gr. 4) Differentiate among types of rocks by referring to their methods of formation.

(Math/Gr. 1) Describe, extend and explain ways to get to a next element in simple repeating patterns.

(Language Arts/Gr. 4) Compare and contrast tales from different cultures by tracing the exploits of one character type.

Compare and sort common instruments by one physical or aural attribute.

Differentiate between musical textures by referring to their methods of formation (e.g., fugues, homophonic forms)

Create, perform and describe simple rhythmic and melodic patterns.

Compare and contrast music from different cultures by tracing the musical treatment of one instrument type.

Process connections (continued)

Other discipline

Music

true integration guidelines
True Integration…Guidelines
  • Have clear instructional goals, based on the state standards, for your students.
  • Maintain the integrity of each discipline.
  • Provide opportunities for the students to clearly see the cross-disciplinary connections.
  • The connections must be concept or process oriented.
  • Always consider Bloom!
start with essential questions
Start with “Essential Questions”

Have no obvious right answer

Raise other important questions

Address the philosophical or conceptual foundations of a discipline

Recur naturally

Are framed to provide and sustain student interest!

Write an “Essential Question for each CONTENT area that “connects” to the others

so let s see some examples
So let’s see some examples:

http://edweb.sdsu.edu/courses/edtec596/Units/UnitIndex.html

  • Decide:
  • Are the units Interdisciplinary (or thematic)?
  • Do they offer authentic connections?
  • What are the “big ideas” the writers are attempting to address?
  • What are the essential questions?
can we talk
In a small group, answers these questions:
    • Are the units Interdisciplinary (or thematic)?
    • Do they offer authentic connections?
    • What are the “big ideas” the writers are attempting to address?
    • What are the essential questions?
  • At the end of the time, regroup and write a ONE-DAY interdisciplinary unit on…
Can We talk?
so let s see look at your final product
So let’s see look at YOUR final product!

Final Product

Final Product Rubric

Concept Web

Interdisciplinary Wheel

http://clem.mscd.edu/~cstocke1/templates.htm

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