Interdisciplinary connections/shared learning

Using shared competencies/outcomes to develop interdisciplinary thinking 


Christy Kingham, lead teacher at TWYLS-Astoria, shares this anecdote about her student’s learning across disciplines:


I knew the outcomes system was working for me when I was conferencing with one of my students and she was discussing her communication in writing. Both her social studies teacher and I had noticed that she needed to work on coherency within and across paragraphs, a target that we share under the “communicate” outcome. Her eyes lit up in that “I got it” way—she shared that she learned a trick about using transitions properly from her social studies teacher that would apply perfectly to the writing we were looking at. 


Designing interdisciplinary courses and projects


Project-based learning opens the door for interdisciplinary projects that cement student learning and ask students to engage with content at a high-level, synthesizing what they’ve learned in order to create and present material. Schools that understand the intersections of their content areas, and use skill-based outcomes have great success with projects that ask students to employ knowledge from many content areas. 


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