As teachers, we tend to focus solely on teaching our students our subjects. While it is the main point of your classroom, it is also important to connect ideas across the the core subject areas.
In education there are often topics that can tie into other areas of study. From Language Arts and Social Studies to Math and Science, there are many concepts that can be coupled together.
Integrated curriculum is exactly that, a curriculum that connects different areas of study by cutting across subject matter and emphasizes the unifying concepts.
In fact, it’s not exactly a new idea, so it’s somewhat surprising that it’s not more common in our schools.
I think that this is because it is just SUCH a challenge for us as teachers to tackle coordinating one more thing! We usually cannot take on any more in our workload to pull together a solid integrated experience.
It’s no secret to teachers that students have different learning preferences and interests. They may zone in and out of a subject that they aren’t crazy about, but focus attentively in another. When certain concepts are taught in more than one classroom, students will grab onto that information at some point. If they missed it in morning reading, they may get it in afternoon math.
Middle school students are just really starting to dive into learning and how it connects to the world around them. And the world around them also consumes most of their attention. A lot of times they aren’t super focused on school. That’s why an integrated curriculum works so well with middle school students.
How Our Middle School Students Benefit from Integrated Curriculum
● Encourages lifelong learning
● Motivates and challenges students
● Deeper understanding of concepts
● Application of skills that are learned
● Builds problem-solving skills
● Structures learning around themes
● Hosts a variety of learning styles and theories
● Captivates learners
● Better test performance
ADDED BONUS: Integrated curriculum offers repetition of information, but with variety!
John Medina, a renowned molecular biologist stated in his book, Brain Rules, that “the capacity of memory is initially less than 30 seconds. If we don’t repeat the information, it disappears.” So basically, a lot of what we are teaching them is just going in one ear and out the other. Medina continues and states, “the way to make long-term memory more reliable is to incorporate new information gradually and repeat it in timed intervals.”
However, part of the problem with integrated curriculums is that it can be hard to create an effective way to present it to our students. And that’s where Spiral Studies come in. We’ve combined our expertise to make absolutely turn-key integrated units for you and your team.
We make it easy for teachers to connect the subject areas by planning and developing cross-curricular units, lessons, and skill packs for grades 6-8. All you have to do is print and integrate!
Check out all of the details and get the material here!!!
This team and our materials make integrating a breeze. You'll be stunned how well-coordinated these are.