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INTERDISCIPLINARY COURSES
Benefits for AMDSB Students
GUIDING QUESTIONS
•

1) How can Interdisciplinary Courses provide
quality opportunities for authentic learning for
AMDSB s...
The Context: St. Marys DCVI
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Declining enrolment	


•

Smaller number of elective
courses offered	


•

Students have fe...
What are Interdisciplinary Courses?
•

IDC course philosophy is in
line with AMDSB Strategic Plan	


•

They develop "tran...
Two Examples of Interdisciplinary
Courses at DCVI
!

Model #1 Teacher-Designed Course
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Digital Communications (IDC 40) 	...
Two examples at St. Marys DCVI
Model #2 Student Directed Learning IDC 40/IDC 4U	

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Students are explicitly taught about ...
Benefits of Interdisciplinary
Courses?
!

•

AMDSB Learning Community-supports Board’s Strategic Plan	


•

Principals-can...
Benefits: Student Outcomes
❖

Students in an IDC course:!

❖

Learn to become "Information Literate"!

❖

Develop the abil...
Student Voice
Questions?

COLLABORATION

CRITICAL THINKING

CREATIVITY

COMMUNICATION

PROBLEM SOLVING
Interdisciplinary Learning at St. Marys DCVI
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Interdisciplinary Learning at St. Marys DCVI

  1. 1. INTERDISCIPLINARY COURSES Benefits for AMDSB Students
  2. 2. GUIDING QUESTIONS • 1) How can Interdisciplinary Courses provide quality opportunities for authentic learning for AMDSB students? • 2) How can Interdisciplinary Courses lessen the impact of declining enrolment in AMDSB secondary schools?
  3. 3. The Context: St. Marys DCVI • Declining enrolment • Smaller number of elective courses offered • Students have fewer courses to select from than bigger schools • Teachers are instructing outside their areas of expertise and passion
  4. 4. What are Interdisciplinary Courses? • IDC course philosophy is in line with AMDSB Strategic Plan • They develop "transferable skills" and have the potential to engender self- directed, lifelong learners • IDC courses put students in command of their own learning
  5. 5. Two Examples of Interdisciplinary Courses at DCVI ! Model #1 Teacher-Designed Course • Digital Communications (IDC 40) • • Curriculum expectations from EWC 4C (Gr. 12 College Writer’s Craft), EMS 30 (Gr. 11 Open Media Studies), TGJ 3M (Gr. 11 Mixed Communications Technology) Literature into Film (IDC 4U) • Curriculum expectations from ETS 4C/4U (Gr. 12 College/ University Studies in Literature), TGJ 4M (Gr. 12 Mixed Communications Technology), ASM 4M (Gr. 12 Mixed Media Arts)
  6. 6. Two examples at St. Marys DCVI Model #2 Student Directed Learning IDC 40/IDC 4U • Students are explicitly taught about their own meta-cognitive processes • Students design their own learning goals and assessment models based on their interests and post-secondary destinations through conferencing with the teacher
  7. 7. Benefits of Interdisciplinary Courses? ! • AMDSB Learning Community-supports Board’s Strategic Plan • Principals-can offer courses that provide students opportunities that could not be previously offered due to lower student populations • Teachers-can continue to teach in areas of passion and expertise. Shift in teach • Most important…Students-authentic, self-directed learning to develop their collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, communication, problem solving skills
  8. 8. Benefits: Student Outcomes ❖ Students in an IDC course:! ❖ Learn to become "Information Literate"! ❖ Develop the ability to view issues from multiple perspectives and to challenge their assumptions ! ❖ Apply skills and knowledge to new concepts, real world tasks and on-thejob solutions! ❖ Use learning activities to stimulate, monitor, regulate and evaluate their thinking processes
  9. 9. Student Voice
  10. 10. Questions? COLLABORATION CRITICAL THINKING CREATIVITY COMMUNICATION PROBLEM SOLVING

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