Teacher Learning Community

Fall 2018 TLC: Connecting Key Ideas Across Content Areas - Activity 2 Anchor Resources

Course leader:
SEED Team

Teacher Quality Standards

  • QS I: Teachers demonstrate mastery of and pedagogical expertise in the content they teach.
    • Element B: Teachers develop and implement lessons that connect to a variety of content areas/disciplines and emphasize literacy and mathematical practices.

Creating Meaningful Integrated Curriculum

This activity will guide teachers as they take the idea of concept based teaching and learning to the next level through the creation of concrete integrated learning experiences for students. Resources include instructional strategies, practical examples, unit and lesson plans, paired with information on how to connect learning across disciplines and content areas.

Resources

This book chapter describes what integrated curriculum is and what it looks like.  The integrated curriculum is all about making connections and is defined through three different approaches: multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary.  The chapter breaks each approach down for understanding and provides examples and scenarios for each.  

This article takes the view of interdisciplinary teaching as field-based teaching that “consciously identifies the relationships” between content areas.

 

This article explains four elements of an instructional framework that supports the use of inquiry instruction in the classroom.

Watch as one teacher has students analyze the concept of “point-of-view” through multiple content areas.

 

This short reading provides details on 6 steps a teacher might take to “design and implement interdisciplinary classroom explorations.”

This resource provides some ideas on how to weave interdisciplinary connections into your instruction.