Undisciplined: Creating Connections to Make Learning Whole

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Our world is full of incredible, complex, intriguing puzzles.

Each school subject explores pieces of that puzzle. Undisciplined is dedicated to putting the puzzle together – figuring out how the pieces connect so that we can form a more complete picture of learning for ourselves and our students.

  • How can literary analysis use the logical skills of mathematical proofs?
  • How might chemistry give us good DEI ideas about healthy social bonds?
  • What is the “geometry” of political polarization?
  • How does grammar gain velocity?

Though we teach as specialists, our students learn as generalists. Helping students see the pieces and the puzzle will supercharge learning in all our classes.

Undisciplined is a highly collaborative and creative workshop. You will think critically about where and how your discipline can add value for other classes both inside and outside of your department. The big-picture result? Amplify the powers of your discipline by fueling it with the thinking moves of other disciplines. Make learning whole.

To create deep, lasting learning, we must move our traditional subjects from strict boundaries to open borders. We can support growth in each discipline by sharing thinking tools from all disciplines. We must help students transport their skills from class to class and find more ways for more students to be successful across classes.

Undisciplined explores big questions and comes up with practical answers:

  • How can the skills of your subject benefit from the skills of others’?
  • How can we use the thinking tools of one discipline to support the learning goals of another?
  • How can teachers use all their many skills to ignite and inspire curriculum?
  • How can we bring students’ diverse passions into our specific subjects?
  • How might interdisciplinary learning create a greater sense of belonging?
  • What are quick-hit ways to spark deeper engagement with your content?
  • How do I foster better collaboration between the faculty in my department and between my department and others?

Who is this for?

  • Teachers K-12. All classroom teachers will add new tools to their toolkits. Whether you teach survey courses or specialized ones, whether you teach 5th graders or honors calculus students.
  • Administrators who oversee curriculum and/or teaching and learning.

Create (What will I make?)

  • more inclusive and integrated themes, units, and lessons
  • hooks to help more students successfully engage your content
  • connections between classroom learning and real-world examples
  • bridges to the skills students are learning in other courses (transfer)
  • more relevant, resonant answers to “Why do I have to know this?” for all students

Take (What will I take back to my school?)

  • Templates & tools for finding/connecting disciplinary expertise
  • Interdisciplinary question formulation techniques
  • Thinking routines & practices for finding patterns between disciplines
  • Curriculum planning process for integrating skills and ideas across subjects
  • Lasting connections with a professional network of like-minded Undisciplined educators

Available on Request

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