Crossing Boundaries and Creating Connections Week 31 Activity 7

After mapping my interdsciplinary connections, there is “so much integtration in this world” (Ross Institute. (2015)  as well as  a significant potential for e-learning to facilitate interdisciplinary learning , the primary focus is though that the connections ” promotes success for all students” (Mathison,S.. & Freeman, M., 1997)

With regards to my school connection , I have observed that Senior Leaders Team (SLT) have been instrumental and shown a more transformational in their approach and have been all open to feedback. The Departments, in all levels of form teachers and each cohort, Deans and and other departments have been a bit more cohesive in the Professional Development provided. Common goals (student achievement), and physical space fit well with ACRLog’s model (2015). There will always value in face to face connections  but when SLT deliberatively,  make connections through various e-learning forums it does have a more added value providing more feedback have provided more insight for the whole staff about staff expectations.

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IC Map

The above coogle map link  shows the interdisciplanary professional contacts with whom I engaged with at various degrees, some more than others depending on the purpose.  Because  I regularly engage in social media,  I have noticed there has been a positive spill over effect with my professional and/or social levels of connection . Because there has been a more focus for many departments with literacy across the curriculum with a focus of reading or writing. It has been important to build on the connections with the English department and other departments such as Science which complement Geography standards.  Therefore students in my Level 1 Geography and Science are able to gain credits in both subjects.

For each department the goal has been giving the opportunity for students to gain credits in at least one standard by the end of term 1 and to  idenitfy ‘at risks’ students early in the year by allowing them to reflect in their learning. A newly developed Professional Development “Adaptive Teaching committee” has been intiatived  as a result in the hope  teachers will be equipped  in how to ” approach aimed at achieving a common instructional goal with learners whose individual differences” (S. N. Ikwumelu; Ogene A. Oyibe & E. C. Oketa, 2015) Therefore targeted students on both scales are encouraged to strive for excellence and achieve all their minimal internal assessment credits of 14.

Potential Challenges:

  • Departments are yet to explicitly work collaboratively within their department and others
  • Explicitly showing teaching and e-Learning is dilberatively implemented in to the curriculars
  • Getting all students to meet utilise e-elearn forum in a safe and productive manner

Potential Benefits:

  • Authentic learning experience for students, aligned and engaged teachers Professional Development
  • Provide engaging and meangingful lessons which students take ownership of their learning
  • Making genuine connections  locally, nationally and globally to improve teaching and learning

Ultimately, I’m hopeful that through meaningful connections on a professional leve will add value to teaching and withing the learning in the classroom. Students will be make connections outside the class and their classroom extends to the community environments which provides authenctic learning experiences such as Mangere Education Centre.  The Ross institutes ‘spiral curriculum’ takes this idea even further and while this is an impressive and inspiring video to watch, and the potential issues of equipping  teachers are given the opportunity to upskill with the technology and variopus elearning forums. Factors that need to be considered is students meet the criteria for all assessments. However, the use of Google classroom supportes differentiated learning and be able to cater for each student needs.

References

ACRLog. (2015). A Conceptual Model for Interdisciplinary Collaboration. Retrieved from http://acrlog.org/2015/05/14/a-conceptual-model-for-interdisciplinary-collaboration

American Association of Colleges of Nursing.(2016). Interdisciplinary Education and Practice. Retrieved from http://www.aacn.nche.edu/publications/position/interdisciplinary-education-and-practice

Mathison,S.. & Freeman, M.(1997). The logic of interdisciplinary studies. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, 1997. Retrieved from http://www.albany.edu/cela/reports/mathisonlogic12004.pdf:

Ross Institute. (2015, July 5). Ross Spiral Curriculum: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Science. . Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHZhkB0FJik

ThomasMcDonaghGroup. (2011, May 13). Interdisciplinarity and Innovation Education. . Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDdNzftkIpA

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