Lessons from a Social Studies Teacher: The Power of Interdisciplinary Work in a Competency-Based School

This blog shares tips for getting the most out of the student-centered practice of interdisciplinary projects. The author first shares the leadership and professional development structure that allows interdisciplinary work to thrive, then explores what makes interdisciplinary work worthwhile for students. She describes how this mode of learning can increase motivation and engagement; build 21st-century skills, such as problem-solving; and provide opportunities to teach needed study skills like work-study practices and assessment of valid sources for research.

The author is from Sanborn Regional School District, winners of Nellie Mae Education’s 2015 Lawrence W. O’Toole award for their exemplary work towards student-centered practices and competency education.

Source Organization: CompetencyWorks

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