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Multidisciplinary LessonsWhat is the multidisciplinary approach?    The multidisciplinary approach is also    called the ...
Multidisciplinary LessonsWhy use it?    Real-world situations are complex and    require knowledge of several different  ...
Multidisciplinary LessonsHeres an example:                The Israeli-Palestinian                       Conflict          ...
Multidisciplinary LessonsHeres an example:                                                      Political origins of      ...
Multidisciplinary LessonsHeres an example:                                                 Political origins of     Retali...
Multidisciplinary LessonsHeres an example:    Its impossible to analyze the Israeli-    Palestinian conflict without touc...
Multidisciplinary Lessons6 steps for a multidisciplinary lesson:    Pre-instructional planning – If teaching alone, make ...
Multidisciplinary Lessons6 steps for a multidisciplinary lesson:    Practice interdisciplinary thinking – Give your stude...
Multidisciplinary LessonsHeres an example:                     Climate change           Start by identifying some of the  ...
Multidisciplinary LessonsHeres an example:                                                   Developing nations   Economic...
Multidisciplinary LessonsHeres an example:                                                 Developing nations   Economic i...
Multidisciplinary LessonsHeres an example:                                                 Developing nations   Economic i...
Multidisciplinary LessonsHeres an example:                                                 Developing nations   Economic i...
Multidisciplinary LessonsHeres an example:                                                  Developing nations   Economic ...
Multidisciplinary LessonsHeres an example:                                                   Developing nations   Economic...
Multidisciplinary LessonsNow its your turn:    Design an multidisciplinary lesson based    on a topic of your choice. Map...
Multidisciplinary LessonsNow its your turn:    If you cannot think of a topic, here are a    few examples you may use:   ...
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Multidisciplinary approach

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Multidisciplinary approach

  1. 1. Multidisciplinary LessonsWhat is the multidisciplinary approach? The multidisciplinary approach is also called the “interdisciplinary” approach It allows for the combination of different subjects during one lesson or project. It can be also be an opportunity to team teach with another teacher if so desired (although it is by no means necessary).
  2. 2. Multidisciplinary LessonsWhy use it? Real-world situations are complex and require knowledge of several different subjects. Encourages the students to apply their existing and newly-acquired knowledge in a more practical and hands-on way.
  3. 3. Multidisciplinary LessonsHeres an example: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Obviously, this is a very complex issue.
  4. 4. Multidisciplinary LessonsHeres an example: Political origins of Retaliation Israel mentality The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Religious Water resources differences These are all factors in the conflict. Each factor represents a different discipline or area of study.
  5. 5. Multidisciplinary LessonsHeres an example: Political origins of Retaliation Israel mentality History Sociology The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Religious differences Water resources Philosophy Philosophy Earth sciences
  6. 6. Multidisciplinary LessonsHeres an example: Its impossible to analyze the Israeli- Palestinian conflict without touching on several different subjects. This example is intentionally broad, but there are plenty of opportunities to incorporate other disciplines into your lessons.
  7. 7. Multidisciplinary Lessons6 steps for a multidisciplinary lesson: Pre-instructional planning – If teaching alone, make sure that you are acquainted with the material from the other disciplines. Introduce the methodology to your students – Explain why the subject at hand has such a wide variety of approaches to understanding it. Deliver the lesson – Make sure to deliver the content in a clear, coherent way so that the students understand the connections between each point and how they relate to each other.
  8. 8. Multidisciplinary Lessons6 steps for a multidisciplinary lesson: Practice interdisciplinary thinking – Give your students regular assignments that allow them to think about issues from other sides, other than just the subject you teach. Provide feedback – Note especially if the students are able to successfully integrate and synthesize their knowledge. Self-assessment – Ask the students to evaluate their ability to view a topic from multiple angles.
  9. 9. Multidisciplinary LessonsHeres an example: Climate change Start by identifying some of the important parts of the climate change debate.
  10. 10. Multidisciplinary LessonsHeres an example: Developing nations Economic incentive to desiring pollute improved living conditions Climate change Political reactions Climatology Step 1: Make sure you understand all the relevant information from each discipline. (i.e., climatology, political science, economics, and sociology)
  11. 11. Multidisciplinary LessonsHeres an example: Developing nations Economic incentive to desiring pollute improved living conditions Climate change Political reactions Climatology Step 2: Ask your students to map out as many factors as they can think of that relate to climate change.
  12. 12. Multidisciplinary LessonsHeres an example: Developing nations Economic incentive to desiring pollute improved living conditions Climate change Political reactions Climatology Step 3: Present your prepared lesson material. If possible, get your students to research each topic more in depth.
  13. 13. Multidisciplinary LessonsHeres an example: Developing nations Economic incentive to desiring pollute improved living conditions Climate change Political reactions Climatology Step 4: Have the students take sides in a mock UN panel about how to address climate change. Have each student represent a different “interest”
  14. 14. Multidisciplinary LessonsHeres an example: Developing nations Economic incentive to desiring pollute improved living conditions Climate change Political reactions Climatology Step 5: Give feedback to the students (using a rubric if applicable)
  15. 15. Multidisciplinary LessonsHeres an example: Developing nations Economic incentive to desiring pollute improved living conditions Climate change Political reactions Climatology Step 6: Debrief students on their participation in the activity
  16. 16. Multidisciplinary LessonsNow its your turn: Design an multidisciplinary lesson based on a topic of your choice. Map out the various issues involved (as above) and give specific activities that you could do to integrate and synthesize the information.
  17. 17. Multidisciplinary LessonsNow its your turn: If you cannot think of a topic, here are a few examples you may use: − The gender pay gap − Gun control − Music in the 70s − The Cold War − The Industrial Revolution in Europe/US − The element helium

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