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Concept to Classroom: Interdisciplinary Design Workshop

    1. What is interdisciplinary learning?

    2. Why participate in a workshop on interdisciplinary learning?

    3. What are the roots of interdisciplinary learning, and how has it evolved over time?

      a. A brief history of interdisciplinary learning

    4. How might interdisciplinary curriculum affect you, your colleagues; and your students?

In this section of the workshop, participants will gain more experience with interdisciplinary learning by viewing examples of ongoing projects in schools around the nation. Participants will view videos (or read transcripts), visit other Web sites, and examine sample interdisciplinary units.
    1. In the Classroom: A Video Journey
      a. Participants will view video examples of interdisciplinary learning in action at different grade levels of instruction.

    2. In Schools: Some Online Examples
      a. Participants can visit Web sites that present interdisciplinary work going on in schools around the nation.

    3. What do interdisciplinary units look like?
      a. Participants will interact with a Flash activity based on using a concept wheel to help design interdisciplinary curriculum.
      b. Participants will examine sample interdisciplinary units of different grade levels.

In this section, participants will go through an eight-step process for interdisciplinary curriculum design. Participants will download a template document to help them with their planning. By the end of this section, they will have developed their own interdisciplinary units.
    1. Step-by-Step Guide to Interdisciplinary Curriculum Design
      a. Prologue: Getting Ready
      b. The Planning Process: Choose a Format
      c. Draft a Title and an Organizing Center
      d. Brainstorming Using the Concept Wheel
      e. Developing Essential Questions
      f. Integrate Skills and Assessments into the Essential Questions
      g. Planning the Day-to-Day Activities
      h. The Final Review

    2. Self-evaluation: A Rubric for Reviewing Your Design

In this final section, participants will "meet" the expert behind the workshop, curriculum expert Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Ed.D. Having completed their own interdisciplinary unit, participants will use their experience in the workshop to reflect on implementation issues in interdisciplinary learning.
    1. Introduction to Our Expert: Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Ed.D.
    2. A Talk with Heidi Hayes Jacobs about Interdisciplinary Curriculum Design
    3. Why isn't interdisciplinary learning more commonly used across the board?
    4. How do you find connections between the disciplines that really work?
    5. What exactly is an "essential question?"
    6. How do I collaborate with my colleagues?
    7. How do I find common planning time?
    8. How do I address the pressure of teaching to the tests and the standards?
    9. How do I find instructional time?
    10. How do I avoid the confusion of educational jargon?
    11. How are students assessed in an interdisciplinary unit?

Recommended supplemental reading for this workshop includes:

American Association of Physics Teachers. ACTIVE PHYSICS: HOME. Arthur Eisenkraft, Ed. 1995, American Association of Physics Teachers.

American Association of Physics Teachers. ACTIVE PHYSICS: PREDICTIONS. Arthur Eisenkraft, Ed. 1995, American Association of Physics Teachers.

Burke, James. CONNECTIONS. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1978.
a Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development. TURNING POINTS: PREPARING AMERICAN YOUTH FOR THE 21ST CENTURY. Washington, DC: Carnegie Corporation of New York, 1989.

Erickson, H. Lynn. CONCEPT-BASED CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION. Thousand Oaks: Corwin Press, Inc., 1998.

Fogarty, Robin. HOW TO INTEGRATE THE CURRICULUM. Palatine: Skylight Publishing, Inc., 1991.

INTERDISCIPLINARY CURRICULUM: DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION. Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Ed. Alexandria: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1989.

Jacobs, Heidi Hayes. MAPPING THE BIG PICTURE: INTEGRATING CURRICULUM AND ASSESSMENT K-12. Alexandria: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1997.

McTighe, Jay and Grant Wiggins. UNDERSTANDING BY DESIGN. Alexandria: Association for Curriculum Supervision and Design, 1998.

National Association of Secondary School Principals. BREAKING RANKS: CHANGING AN AMERICAN INSTITUTION. Reston: National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1996.

Prentice Hall. INTERDISCIPLINARY EXPLORATIONS (a sourcebook series). Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall, 1996.


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