Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Interdisciplinary Instruction


Many of the ideas in the two readings are not new and are things that BB&N already does well.  However, I do think our biggest challenge is making space for interdisciplinary studies and collaboration.  The very structure of our school makes this daunting.  It is difficult to work with other departments within my campus and even more challenging to work with someone across campuses. It also seems to be a challenge to teach both rigorous disciplinary knowledge and to promote quality interdisciplinary understanding.  I would love the opportunity to collaborate with teachers outside of my department (or campus) in a way that has real world relevancy to my student.  Ideally it would also include a local community connection (that promoted empathy and understanding).  However, this would mean, as others have pointed out, something else has to give.  What are we willing to give up in order to increase the global competencies of our students?  Significant changes would need to be made for all in order to have an interdisciplinary/cross-campus approach.  As we decide how we want to move forward, we need to be thoughtful and prudent with any changes that we do make as global education is still in a "pre-scientific" stage.

Kelley Schultheis
Middle School Science
Buckingham Browne and Nichols

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