Professional Development & Resources

Cross-Curricular Integration is NOT…

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Ideally, cross-curricular integration bridges the void between dissimilar academic silos. It cables together seemingly unrelated topics in order to increase the depth of & motivation for learning.

At its best, cross-curricular integration triggers synaptic explosions that weld together far-flung ideas and scorch a shining path that carries student motivation deep into concept mastery.

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But let’s not get carried away. As you work to create integrated materials and lessons that put feet to lofty learning options, keep in mind that cross-curricular integration is NOT:

  • …just the derring-do of swashbuckling teachers flexing their instructional muscle to lash together impossibly different information;
  • …campus-based social work aimed at getting the humanities to play nice with the sciences;
  • …a bean-counting trick for making every teachable moment a paragon of efficiency; or
  • …always particularly visible. After all, it’s practically old hat for students to use math to define or manipulate principles of physics. Yet binding the powers of the universe with a string of 2-D numerals and symbols is pretty freakin’awesome trick!

Yes, teachers can go to heroic lengths to reach students. And, yes, weaving together wide-ranging topics or skills in ways that meet the relentless code of curricular standards, daily time constraints, and ever-changing student needs can be as thrilling as a slam dunk, marathon finish line, or perfect wave. Just remember as you structure your cross-integrated materials that they should get your students‘ blood pumping and brains churning at least as much as yours.

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Image credits: Solo Dialogue, Be More Fearless, H Plus Magazine

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