Students are more engaged in their schoolwork when their work is authentic and meaningful. A key strategy in helping students meet the Profile of a Virginia Graduate and the Profile of an Albemarle Graduate is breaking down some of the walls that have traditionally caused subjects to be taught in isolation. To begin that process, we will develop guaranteed interdisciplinary experiences for all ninth grade students. Interdisciplinary teaching and learning occurs when instructors from separate disciplines design learning experiences around a common question or problem. Interdisciplinary instruction allows teachers and students greater opportunities to experience the Deeper Learning principles that are so crucial to success in the modern economy.
To do this work, a central planning team is facilitating several professional learning experiences for teachers to collaboratively design interdisciplinary learning experiences for our students. Click below on the slide decks to find out what our educators are doing and learning:
Additionally, educators from across the division will be coming together June 13-15 for Design Academy 2018. Participants will develop integrated course experiences that are student-centered and demonstrate an understanding of the interdependent relationship between and among pedagogy, teacher collaboration, and physical space. The three-day academy will focus on the process of interdisciplinary design and offer participants a self-selected path of both group and/or independent learning modules.
Expectations at the conclusion of the Academy include an interdisciplinary learning experience that will be implemented in the classroom and shared with the broader ACPS community.