Ms T, a grade 8 geography teacher, has created an interdisciplinary lesson plan on sustainable development.
Let’s look at the lesson plan and see how we can create such lesson plans to ensure high quality learner engagement.
Interdisciplinary Lesson Plan for Geography- Grade 8
Study and analyse this lesson plan carefully.
See how Ms T compels her learners to think holistically. They are thinking about economy (because they are thinking about actions that will include recycling, reducing and reusing), psychology (because they are thinking about human behaviour), science (because they are thinking about reducing the carbon footprint), language (because they are writing a paper) and mathematics (because they will be estimating quantities that they’d need to reduce or increase in order to make the environment more sustainable). They are doing all this in addition to learning geography (because sustainable development was a part of the geography curriculum to begin with).
Let’s see how we can plan lessons using the interdisciplinary approach by following a few simple steps.
Steps to Interdisciplinary Planning
- Identify the problem that needs to be discussed in interdisciplinary contexts.
- Identify the disciplines relevant to solve the given problem.
- Discuss the benefits of using the interdisciplinary approach to solve the problem at hand.
- Integrate the insights gained from other disciplines to find solutions.
- Reflect on how the knowledge gained from various disciplines helped solve the problem.
Interdisciplinary lesson planning can ensure the development of critical thinking skills in your learners. Such instructions can also help students develop their cognitive abilities and mental abilities needed to become problem solvers and decision makers. Ms T already does it, now it’s your turn!
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