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Thematic & Interdisciplinary Instruction - Chapter Summary
Get a better handle on thematic and interdisciplinary instruction with these chapter materials. Re-learn strategies and instruction methodologies by examining the individual lessons. After reviewing all lessons, you should have a better recollection of the following:
- Developing curriculum around specific themes
- Benefits and definition of integrated curriculum
- Tips for planning and teaching interdisciplinary units
- Examples of integrated lessons
- Choosing interdisciplinary activities appropriate for your classroom
- Designing interdisciplinary assessments
- Improving student learning through colleague collaboration
Don't let the breadth of this chapter on thematic and interdisciplinary instruction intimidate you. We know you have a good deal to review before any upcoming exams, and that's why we have divided our big chapters into smaller pieces. Our instructors strive to separate all the major chapter topics and put them into individual lessons. That means instead of learning 10 things in one lesson, you only have to master one major concept per lesson.
Shorter lessons allow you to develop a laser focus as you study. If you know you only need to review a certain amount of topics, you can scroll through the lesson titles and find exactly which lessons to review. In other words, our shorter lessons save you time, since you're not wasting time going over information you already know. Furthermore, it's easier to watch a few short lessons throughout your day rather than try to find large blocks of time for studying. Therefore, our short lessons help you make the most of what little free time you have to prepare for your big exam.
1. Choosing a Theme to Guide Curriculum Development
Using themes to teach isn't a new concept. These days, though, teaching with a central theme is a bit more nuanced than it once was. We'll explain how to center your curriculum on a theme that will get learners thinking more deeply.
2. 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.
3. How to Plan & Teach an Interdisciplinary Unit
This lesson will help you work as a team in your school to develop an interdisciplinary unit. In this lesson, you'll learn how to collaborate, choose meaningful topics for your students and develop assessments that span all the classes involved.
4. Integrated Lessons: Definition & Examples
What does it mean to 'integrate' in education? Watch this video lesson to learn what integration in the classroom looks like and see examples to use in your own class.
5. Identifying Appropriate Interdisciplinary Classroom Activities
Teaching involves so much more than just your content area. This video lesson discusses examples of relevant interdisciplinary activities that can make your classroom cross-curricular.
6. How to Create Interdisciplinary Assessments
In this lesson, we'll look at a few tips and strategies that teachers can use to design and administer effective assessments for thematic or interdisciplinary learning units.
7. Collaborating with Colleagues to Improve Student Learning
As a teacher, you are not alone. You have a variety of other professionals to call upon to help improve student learning. In this lesson, we look at how to leverage their expertise to improve outcomes.
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