Ross Spiral Curriculum
The subject of interdisciplinary teaching has been around for years. At University we were encouraged to plan and teach ‘Thematic Units’, and I had thought that I had a handle on this concept, trying to be as thematic as possible with all my planning. That is until I watched the Ross Spiral Curriculum video (2015). I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the interaction between experts, teachers and students from a broad range of subject backgrounds work together towards a common goal. The enthusiasm the staff had for teaching and the students for learning was awesome, and the fact that students of all ages could fully articulate their learning was amazing. I now feel a little embarrassed at my efforts to date, and would love to further develop my interdisciplinary skills so as to benefit student learning.
I think I need to start by looking at whether our students are developing authentic solutions for real world problems, and do the students actually have a chance to implement their solutions, not just present to their peers or the teacher.
My interdisciplinary connection map
Upon reflection of who I interact with, and who I would like to, I developed this coggle of my interdisciplinary connections.
The area in this mind map I would like to further develop is utilising the knowledge and strengths of my online community. I teach in a Digital Technology classroom, and as such need to keep up to date with the latest trends and offerings. I believe by doing this the students benefit by being exposed to cutting edge concepts, helping them prepare for their future.
- The ability to tap into new experts
- Working with like minded professionals
- Direct contact with the innovators
- Increased practical and pedological knowledge without going to courses
- The time it takes to create and maintain a network
- Is the latest trend the best, this has sometimes been proved to not be the case
- The ARCLog (2015) model for interdisciplinary collaboration mentions 3 aspects to be effective, being online means the workplace aspect is missing so it may be harder to be effective
By working in an interdisciplinary way we are enabling our students to see the world as it really is, not as compartmental blocks. By giving real world problems to create authentic solutions for we are ensuring the next generation are going to solve the big problems we have now, poverty, pollution, global warming, to name a few.
ACRLog. (2015). A Conceptual Model for Interdisciplinary Collaboration. Retrieved from http://acrlog.org/2015/05/14/a-conceptual-model-for-interdisciplinary-collaboration
Ross Institute. (2015, July 5). Ross Spiral Curriculum: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Science. . Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHZhkB0FJik