About This Chapter
Integrated Learning in the Classroom - Chapter Summary
For generations, it was the norm to teach math in math classes, writing in English classes, and so on. Life, however, doesn't work that way. Science classes, especially physics and chemistry, rely heavily on math skills, and social studies classes require well-developed reading skills. Use these lessons to explore the advantages of applying skills across content areas. The videos include the information shown below:
- Definition and advantages of an integrated curriculum
- Features that characterize an integrated learning program
- How to incorporate skills and content across curricula
- How to choose and differentiate integrated learning methodologies
These lessons are written by teachers and presented by instructors who are experts in their fields. You can contact them through our ask-an-expert feature if you have questions. The short lesson quizzes will help you better understand the concepts presented here, and a comprehensive chapter exam aids you in assessing your knowledge.
How It Helps
- Promotes flexibility: In an integrated learning atmosphere, students learn to apply reading skills beyond English class, technology knowledge in many classes and mathematics to science and other content areas.
- Demonstrates real-world applications: An integrated approach to learning answers the perennial 'What am I going to do with this?' question that many students ask by demonstrating practical applications of the material.
- Enhances student performance: By implementing an interdisciplinary approach to the acquisition of skills, you can give your students opportunities to gain practice and reinforcement.
Successful completion of this chapter will give you the tools to:
- Implement a multidisciplinary approach in your classroom
- Show students why reading, communication, technology, math and other skills have value
- Bolster student performance in all content areas
- Identify and select integrated learning strategies for your own use
1. Integrated Curriculum: Definition, Benefits & Examples
Have you ever wondered what and how an integrated curriculum works? Learn about this hot topic that is shaping how teachers teach and students learn in the classroom.
2. Characteristics of an Integrated Learning Culture
Schools with an integrated learning culture have many common characteristics. What are they, and how do they work? This lesson discusses integrated learning and describes its characteristics in schools.
3. Integrating Course Content & Skills Across Curriculum
In this lesson, we'll review the steps needed to start an integrated curriculum for both content and skills. We'll learn how to start the process, how to create a plan and implement it, and how to review data and improve the plan.
4. Distinguishing & Selecting Integrated Learning Approaches
Is blurring the boundaries between subject areas actually a good thing? Consider a variety of approaches for making integrated learning a reality for your students.
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Other chapters within the Effective Instructional Strategies for Teachers course
- Basic Principles of Instruction
- Instructional Planning
- Teacher-Centered Instructional Strategies
- Student-Centered Instructional Strategies
- Cross-Curricular & Content-Specific Instruction
- Instructional Strategies for Student Achievement
- Tools & Techniques for the Classroom
- Instructional Strategies for Language Skills
- Technology for the Classroom
- Learning Environments