Secondary Program University of North Carolina Wilmington uncw/ed/informal

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From Historic Cemeteries to High School Classrooms: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Student Learning and Teacher Training. Secondary Program University of North Carolina Wilmington http://www.uncw.edu/ed/informal/. NC-ACTE Poster Session, Watson School of Education, UNCW 9/10/08. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • From Historic Cemeteries to High School Classrooms: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Student Learning and Teacher TrainingSecondary ProgramUniversity of North Carolina Wilmingtonhttp://www.uncw.edu/ed/informal/NC-ACTE Poster Session, Watson School of Education, UNCW 9/10/08

  • This presentation showcases instructional approaches university faculty used to help students develop inquiry-based lessons across multiple disciplines using community resources. Experiences represent efforts to educate K-16 learners

  • PurposeInformal learning settings exist throughout every community, and each can add a true contextual experience for Standard Courses of Study, if integrated appropriately. GoalsProvide preservice teachers with experience in:informal learning settingsworking as students to investigate community resources in interdisciplinary teamsplanning an interdisciplinary lesson with peers from other disciplines designing and implementing an effective field trip.

  • Oakdale Cemetery and Pine Forrest Cemeteryhttp://www.oakdalecemetery.org/

  • Pictures of Oakdale Cemetery

  • Our PositionImportance of learning outside the classroom.K-16 students deserve learning opportunities that are plural and integrated.Informal settings (Museums, Aquariums, Zoos, Battleships, Cemeteries, etc.) provide rich contexts for authentic learning.Field trips provide experience, context and motivation for making career choices.Students need to become aware of connections within multiple disciplines.

  • Pictures of Pine Forrest Cemetery

  • Practical Applications Planning a field tripLesson PlansPowerPoint PresentationsInterdisciplinary between Science, Social Studies, English and Math

  • Pictures of Pine Forrest Cemetery

  • Interdisciplinary Content AddressedScience contentChemistry chemical weathering of gravestonesBiology disease prevention and epidemiology, succession ecology, survival curves

    English ContentLiterature from from cemeterys historical erasIconographyEpitaphs

  • Pictures of Oakdale Cemetery

  • Interdisciplinary Content AddressedSocial Studies contentHistorical aspects- Revolutionary and Civil Wars, WW I and WW IICivics & Economics citizenship, war productionSociology- segregation and racial inequalityMath contentGeometry AlgebraStatistics

  • 2 Cemeteries, 2 StoriesWe wanted students to compare and contrast two current but historical cemeteries from the 1800s.Oakdale Cemetery designed to serve Wilmingtons white middle to upper classPine Forest Cemetery designed to serve Wilmingtons African-American community.

  • ChallengesAdapting a formal school structure to an informal experienceDeveloping a partnership with an informal settingTime consuming with planning and implementation Administrative costs for travel, services rendered, and resources consumed (loss of integrity)Working with your interdisciplinary peers

  • ConclusionsWith the advent of school restructuring (i.e. new schools, ninth grade academies), the opportunities exist for thematic approaches.Motivation across populations (students, pre-service teachers, in-service teachers, university faculty)Tie informal settings with the missions and curriculum goals of schools

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