Learning to connect student skills and knowledge across disciplines is not as easy as it sounds. Many schools with great intentions define this as a goal but get stuck in making it work because it requires processes and skills that teachers don’t often have the opportunity to practice in a traditional setting of “my” class, “my” curriculum.
We support schools in the process of creating working teams who can effectively create and teach units and lessons that make learning real. This includes working with framing units by Essential Questions—a requirement now by 2011- plus NEASC assessments.
Interdisciplinary Curricula Creation and Implementation relates more simply to how we connect student learning to multiple content areas. That process often lends itself to the process of using Curriculum Mapping and Understanding by Design (UbD) or “backwards design” which “starts with the end in mind” and allows learners to be consistently mindful of how what they are learning provides more information and understanding of a larger unit-based or theme-based Essential Questions.
Interdisciplinary content and skills can be “mapped” to connect and be re-inforced in multiple content areas and the overwhelming evidence of this effort suggests that not only does this deepen learning for students, it creates a strong collaborative culture for teachers.