ERIC Number: EJ726526
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar-22
Reference Count: N/A
Connecting the Dots: Interdisciplinary Planning in Action
Childhood Education, v81 n3 p158-I Spr 2005
One of the most important functions of a teacher is to help students make important connections between the subject matters they study. Too often, the different curricular subjects, such as social studies, language arts, math, and science, are presented to students in a vacuum. Accordingly, many students leave school without ever noticing the vital relationships among all areas of knowledge. Interdisciplinary planning is a great tool for confronting this challenge. There are well-known drawbacks to such planning, of course. These include the time it takes to plan across the curriculum, the need for faculty colleagues who are willing to cooperate, and the constant schedule interruptions for nonacademic activities such as pep rallies or assemblies. This article presents a lesson contributed by James A. Bryant, Jr., Assistant Professor at the University of New Orleans, which he did while team teaching 6th-grade social studies in North Carolina. With this lesson he had shown to his class how each subject was connected to the others.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Team Teaching, Social Studies, Cooperative Learning, Interdisciplinary Approach, Elementary Education, Grade 6, Cooperative Planning, Teacher Collaboration, Learning Strategies, Relevance (Education), Fused Curriculum
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 6
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina; Vietnam