Interdisciplinary Approach to Teaching Interdisciplinary teaching is often seen as a way to address some of the recurring problems in education such as fragmentation and isolated skill instruction. It is seen as a way to support goals such as transfer of learning, teaching students to think and reason, as well as, providing a curriculum more relevant to students (Marzano, 1999, Perkins, 1991). This approach to teaching requires planning that looks at the fundamental objectives of a number of curriculum areas. Connecting curriculum in the interdisciplinary approach is an efficient way to help teachers deal with knowledge that grows at exponential rates (Jacobs, 1989). A unit of study that that uses this approach of teaching enables the teachers to teach and make links between disciplines, thereby giving the students a more relevant, less fragmented and stimulating experience.
Case Study #3 Building a Coalition MGMT 591-10559 Leadership & Organizational Behavior Part I: Group Development The group is at the forming stage. Our textbook states the forming stage is characterized by a great deal of uncertainty about the group’s purpose, structure and leadership. Members “test the waters” to determine what types of behaviors are acceptable. After reading over the case study I was torn between the group being at the forming stage or the storming stage. The group does have purpose as they plan to create an after-school program which will improve school performance both by the students and the teachers.
Learning Style Inventory Paper Jennifer Lomibao Teaching and Learning Strategies-HSN540 Mary Dowell PhD, RN, BC March 26, 2012 Learning Style Inventory Paper Learning style refers to the unique way an individual prefers to learn. This reflects an individual’s predisposition to implement a particular learning strategy despite the specific demands of the class. It is worth noting that the learning styles are conventional modes used to process information by individuals. Because individuals have a unique way of perceiving, organizing, and retaining information, it is imperative that educators effectively design and implement teaching methods that enhance learning to these diverse learners (Billings & Halstead, 2009). Studies show that students perform better in the classroom when their learning styles match the instructional methods implemented by their teacher (Farooq & Regnier, 2011).
For as long as I remember, I have been learning for tests. A change in the way children learn in public schools could greatly change society. Most teachers around me are focused on teaching for the test, just enough to get students to pass the test, pass the class, pass the year. If teachers focus less on teaching for a test and more on teaching for life of for a child’s future, the kids would be able to learn and actually retain so much more. A change in the way tests are given could allow for so much more success.
Schema Theory and Cognitive Development: a) Discuss the main implications for teaching and learning b) Use your own detailed example to show an understanding of this topic can positively influence instruction in the classroom “The principle goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done.” (Jean Piaget) As young children we are active, open receivers for knowledge. Rarely content to simply accept what we learn as ‘gospel’, we ask multitudes of questions. As we become adults, the processes we use to gain this knowledge change and evolve as we learn to challenge, develop and pass it on. As future teachers it is important to understand these processes and how we can use them to enhance our students learning to make them capable of “doing [the] new things” to which Piaget refers. So why do children answer questions so differently to adults?
A laugh or a smile from a teacher may seem like a simple task but it can go a long way. Humor brings enthusiasm, positivity, and optimism into the classroom. Being a student at Clovis West, I agree that teachers who use humor are more approachable and easier to communicate with. When a teacher is easy to talk with, I feel more welcome to ask questions and gain knowledge that way (Anecdote). Humor in a teacher is like revealing a “human” side to a potentially non-human form that we expect in particularly from high school teachers (Opinion/Analogy).
Fifteen different instructional strategies are shared in this article to aid in teaching mental flexibility. This article is definitely relevant to teaching in the 21st century where there is a need for students to have the ability to view things from many perspectives. Change is a given, and this article demonstrates how we must learn to adapt our teaching techniques to help teach our students to be flexible in their thinking. Because there is such diversity in the world today, I believe that it is important for students to think critically and be able to understand the various perspectives of others. I also believe that this article gives educators numerous ideas that are easy to adapt to various teaching situations and will help students develop mental flexibility.