Spread enthusiasm among your colleagues. You can’t do this on your own, so think carefully about the “pitch” you’ll make to your colleagues. Show them some examples of how collaboration can make a difference: Perhaps you could visit another school, view a video of successful collaboration, or discuss articles like this one. You may want to do some advance thinking about topics that really lend themselves to interdisciplinary teaching.
Consider starting small. Organizing and executing an interdisciplinary unit can be a daunting task. There are many ways to experiment with this concept without committing to a large unit. Consider skills or experiences that correspond with your students’ needs. For a few weeks, could your grade focus on analyzing informational texts or strategies for identifying unknown words in context? Is there a broad theme, such as “change” or “relationships,” that could be highlighted over the next month?
It’s official… I’m starting to feel old and out of touch at 27.
Tomorrow is the middle school Halloween dance and I agreed to be the teacher liaison working with parents, students, and the school. Kids constantly complained about the songs DJ’s played at past dances and in my infinite wisdom I gave students an opportunity to share their suggestions. Each grade was given a form to fill out in their homeroom classes. I took one look at the requests and it’s fair to say that I know/have heard of 35% of the songs and artists. Either these kids have really obscure taste in music or I’m a stone’s throw away from themed sweaters and stockings with sneakers.
P.S. There is NO WAY we’re playing a song called “Sexy and I Know It”
This just made my day.
Oh, and I’m begging you to give extra credit to the student who picked a Death Cab song (and the song they picked is great!).
Not mine though. It’s worse, two student’s broke down into tears today due to stress. I forgot how rough of a transition it can be to go from elementary to middle school. Or in our case, a middle and high school combo.
Any suggestions from tumblr teachers to help kids feel less stressed and more organized?
My favorite part of this, though, was the introduction:
Take four seventh grade girls, plop them in the middle of the teen section at the local library, and just listen. You’re in for, at the least, a very interesting morning. Of course, if you were sitting with my students, you might just laugh yourself silly and then be absolutely amazed…all in the space of about ten seconds.
Welcome to middle school. This is no place for wimps.