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1 Teaching for Understanding Making the Connections - Interdisciplinary Learning Session 5

2 Reflective Questions What is interdisciplinary learning? What interdisciplinary learning do you deliver? Why? How? Which connections do you tend to make? How do these connections further pupil understanding? How could your practice evolve to take greater advantage of connected learning?

3 Learning Intention We are learning how to develop pupils’ ability to transfer and connect their skills and understanding

4 Success Criteria I can: Plan and deliver interdisciplinary learning which is relevant and purposeful Plan learning experiences which allow pupils to demonstrate transference of skills and knowledge within unfamiliar contexts Ensure interdisciplinary learning progresses pupil understanding in a range of skills and knowledge Recognise and take advantage of connected learning as a vehicle for the progression of Higher Order Skills

5 Baseline Evaluation How would you rate your current understanding of connecting learning effectively for pupils? Rate your current level 1 – 6 1 being low understanding 6 being high understanding

6 Pre-task None

7 Format : Interdisciplinary Quiz Video Sharing of IDL practice Exploring skills across learning Viewing exemplar video clips Action Plan for next steps

8 Interdisciplinary Learning Quiz Predict & list words, phrases & ideas likely to appear in National guidance on interdisciplinary learning: 1.Interdisciplinary Learning & Curriculum for Excellence 2.Why interdisciplinary learning? 3.What is interdisciplinary learning? 4.What is effective interdisciplinary learning?

9 C f E & Interdisciplinary Learning? “The curriculum should include space for learning beyond subject boundaries, so that children and young people can make connections between different areas of learning...Revisiting a concept or skill from a different perspective deepens understanding and can also make the curriculum more coherent and meaningful from the learner's point of view.” Building the Curriculum 3 (p 21)Building the Curriculum 3 (p 21).

10 Why Interdisciplinary Learning? Interdisciplinary learning enables teachers and learners to make connections across learning through exploring clear and relevant links across the curriculum. It supports the use and application of what has been taught and learned in new and different ways. It provides opportunities for deepening learning, for example through answering big questions, exploring an issue, solving problems or completing a final project. Education Scotland website

11 What is interdisciplinary learning? There are two broad types of interdisciplinary learning which often overlap. Learning planned to develop awareness and understanding of the connections and differences across subject areas and disciplines. This can be through the knowledge and skill content, the ways of working, thinking and arguing or the particular perspective of a subject or discipline. Using learning from different subjects and disciplines to explore a theme or an issue, meet a challenge, solve a problem or complete a final project. This can be achieved by providing a context that is real and relevant, to the learners, the school and its community Education Scotland website

12 What is effective interdisciplinary learning?  can take the form of individual one-off projects or longer courses of study  is planned around clear purposes  is based upon experiences and outcomes drawn from different curriculum areas or subjects within them  ensures progression in skills and in knowledge and understanding  can provide opportunities for mixed stage learning which is interest based Building the Curriculum 3 (p 11)Building the Curriculum 3 (p 11).

13 Interdisciplinary Learning - Impact Video Clip - Brian Boyd - has worked in the Faculty of Education at the University of Strathclyde for 13 years. He has been involved in Curriculum for Excellence and is co-founder of Tapestry. akers/interdisciplinarylearningbrianboyd.asp

14 What IDL have you delivered? Sharing of previous interdisciplinary teaching & learning: What you did How you did it Why you did it that way How it impacted on pupil learning Individual, then group sharing

15 Whole Group Task Linking skills across learning for transference: Show video clip Mosshead Primary applying maths skills in a citizenship context - discuss Show video clip 5.3 – Grange Academy developing skills for life by linking disciplines - discuss

16 How could your practice evolve? Plenary discussion in small groups – share with whole group: 1.How could our practice evolve to take greater advantage of connected learning? 2.How can we develop our ability to enable pupils to transfer and connect their skills and understanding?

17 What do we do next? Identify opportunities to develop interdisciplinary learning which would allow pupils to demonstrate transference or skills and understanding. Deliver and document if possible and bring along evidence of impact. Plan ideas for re-versioning a lesson or unit of work is another option if teaching is not possible at this time.

18 Extension Tasks Extension reading if desired: Reading 1 - extracts from Education Scotland guidance and research summaries Reading 2 – Jacobs, H. H., Interdisciplinary curriculum: design and implementation

19 Evaluation How would you rate your current understanding of connecting learning effectively for pupils? Rate this session 1 – 6 to show any impact it has had


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