This article by Kathryn Schravemade provides a clear definition of purposeful connected curriculum and the place for an inter-disciplinary approach such as this in a Middle School, inquiry-based setting.
As secondary teachers, the importance of our chosen teaching areas/disciplines has been engrained in us since our teacher training and our natural instincts to ‘protect our own’ are strong. Unfortunately, what many of us fail to consider is that, our own interests are leading to unrealistic teaching and learning experiences for our students, as we force them to separate what is normally integrated in their world outside school. I stumbled across the image below on Twitter and can’t help but think it illustrates this notion perfectly.
With the preparation for Year 7 into secondary in QLD in 2015 in full swing at my school, I have been engaged in and witness to much discussion around how we can plan a curriculum that will effectively cater for the ethos and values of the school, while incorporating relevant national curriculum and state government requirements. Although we are a school that has been…
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