Teacher Learning Community

Fall 2018 TLC: Connecting Key Ideas Across Content Areas - Activity 4 Anchor Resources

Course leader:

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.

Teaching for Transfer

The ultimate goal of cross-curricular instruction is for students to be able to apply new learning to any situation. Teaching for transfer means we design instruction with the intention that students can apply their learning in new contexts, content areas and real-world situations. Within this activity, we will explore what transfer is, how we can teach for transfer, creating truly authentic learning opportunities.


Dr.deGrasse shares with viewers the difference between people who know how to think and those who only know what to think. As you watch, consider how integrated curriculum leads students to know how to think, and not just regurgitate facts.


In this article, Grant Wiggins defines the purpose of schooling as teaching for transfer and elaborates on what this means and how we get there.


How can we ensure that students are applying what they learn in different situations? This article describes a few different types of transfer and what teachers can do to help increase the likelihood that transfer will occur.


The section of text from Authentic Learning for the 21st Century: An Overview, “explores what constitutes authentic learning.” If interested, the full text is included in the supporting resources section below and details how technology can support authentic learning opportunities, including examples.

This chapter from the book Increasing Student Learning Through Multimedia Projects explores ten examples of how “you can connect to the real world with your students." Although written with a multimedia lens, the ideas presented in this resource can be applied in many content areas.