How did we get here?
Single-subject courses of study are longstanding features of American high schools. Let's take a look at how this discipline-specific structure became a key feature of schools across our nation. Watch the clip from Most Likely to Succeed and be ready to discuss with your group.
What is your group's reaction to this film clip? What did you notice? What questions did the film clip raise? What are you curious about after watching this clip?
Defining interdisciplinary learning
Using the poll below, answer the following questions:
- What are the characteristics of interdisciplinary learning?
- What examples of interdisciplinary learning currently exist at Nipmuc?
Interdisciplinary learning: From idea to action
This year Nipmuc has adopted some new practices to increase the opportunities for interdisciplinary learning. The Patterns of Crime and Justice course combines the curricula from CSI and Criminal justice - previously in the science and history departments, respectively - into a single cross-curricular learning experience. Likewise, the art integration block provides opportunities for Mrs. Clish to partner with teachers across disciplines to infuse their learning experiences with art concepts. Let's take a minute to hear from Mrs. Field, Mr. Merten, and Mrs. Clish about their work with these new programs.
The continuum of interdisciplinary learning
As we take the next step in exploring interdisciplinary learning, let's consider the full range of examples that make up interdisciplinary learning. Working in groups, brainstorm as many examples of interdisciplinary learning as possible. Write each of your ideas on a sticky note. Then, post your sticky notes on the continuum that is posted in the room. See if you can find examples to add at each level of the continuum from "Not Yet Evident" to "Shifting the Paradigm".
Check the image below to see what participants had to say about the continuum of interdisciplinary learning. From "not yet evident" examples like single subject classes to "shifting the paradigm" examples like "anti-disciplinary mindset", you can zoom in on the image to see the range of responses.
- Department chair full-day meeting
- School-wide interdisciplinary breakfast for all teachers
- Your recommendations!
- Proposals and resource planning