INTEGRATION “Makes ¢ents!” encourages you to stretch your thinking, take time to engage the teacher next door in a fact-finding conversation, and take the risk to step out and discover new instructional methodologies outside your current boundaries. It’s called networking, collaboration, and exploration. The purpose of this comprehensive booklet is to encourage secondary teachers to try a new approach to instruction because it benefits students beyond imagination. This booklet gives teachers the tools needed to make integration come alive in their school. It has been prepared by teachers who have extensive experience in interdisciplinary teaching and integration. One teacher integrated curriculum as a singleton by teaching Economics with a Business emphasis. Another teacher integrated curriculum in a team-teaching setting uniting English and Business. Both are sharing a lesson plan with you to serve as examples of how integration does work. All teachers have expertise in different disciplines, so why not consider taking the best of each to help students recognize the connections as they prepare for occupations in the “real world.”
Are you teaching in an egg carton – and the feeling of “compartmentalizing the content areas” is getting to you? Do you feel trapped and restricted in what you teach and how you teach it? Do you feel that one content area supersedes another in your school? Are you considering changing the paradigm by integrating curriculum and teaching in a team?
In an integrated setting, students:
• Readily see the relevancy of what is being taught.
• Learn and observe first-hand how to work in a team environment.
• Learn and better understand the “connections” between various content areas.
• Observe how one discipline influences and interrelates with the other.
INTEGRATION & INTERDISCIPLINARY TEACHING IS A WIN-WIN FOR EVERYONE -- Students and Teachers!!!
• Sample Lesson Plans: Two different integrated lesson plans (samples) are included in this booklet. They can serve as a starting point for any teacher who is considering integration and interdisciplinary teaching in their school.
Who could ask for more? Get started TODAY! Your students will benefit greatly from new integrated curriculum in your school and they will enjoy this creative, exciting, fun, meaningful, challenging, and relevant learning opportunity. Incorporate these new thought-provoking instructional ideas and strategies in your teaching repertoire and that of a cohort.
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