Curriculum Connections Blog Series

Kari PitstickBlog, Connect Better, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lesson Plan Better

Curriculum Connections Blog Series Overview Interdisciplinary is a common buzzword in the education world, but it can seem a bit overwhelming. This blog series shares the importance of collaborating with colleagues to create meaningful and unforgettable experiences for students and teachers alike. Learn tangible strategies for incorporating interdisciplinary units or transdisciplinary learning into your classes! Posts in the Series The … Read More

The Power of We

Sara JesseeBlog, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lesson Plan Better

TL;DR: Working together as a team, being a “we” is incredibly powerful. We can find creative ways to problem-solve and inspire our students. Finding ways we can collaborate to create interdisciplinary units can have a profound impact. I’m a middle school teacher, so I’m always a “we.” The team of teachers I’m a “we” with ebbs and flows from five to … Read More

Transdisciplinary Teaching and Learning

Sanam EdwardsBlog, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lesson Plan Better

TL;DR: Transdisciplinary units allow students to bring all facets of their learning together. Student agency increases student engagement. Students create in-depth work they are proud of. I work for a school that follows the International Baccalaureate curriculum. This means that we follow a transdisciplinary approach, where learning transcends subjects. The concepts of student voice and choice spearhead the program of … Read More

Simplicity for the Interdisciplinary Unit Win

Darcy BakkegardBlog, Connect Better, Differentiate Better, Engage Better, Lesson Plan Better, Tech Better

TL;DR: Create an interdisciplinary unit by exploring your own community or communities around the world. Tie in social studies, geography, math, art, music, and more in your unit. Using simple technology create videos and presentations. Have students share their projects with the community. If the idea of diving into an interdisciplinary unit (IDU) feels overwhelming, take a breath and just … Read More

The New Leader on Campus: Importance of Building Relationships

Ashley HubnerBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Lead Better, Manage Better

TL;DR: There are many ways to get to know your team as a new building leader: staff survey, meet and greet time, over lunch, and collaborative planning. Be visible, notice and name the great things you see by being specific in your language. Show appreciation by understanding the 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman. Building relationships with new staff can … Read More