Integrated studies involve connecting typically disconnected subjects so that students can arrive at a more meaningful and authentic understanding. Rather than continue to teach subjects (Social Studies & Science) in disconnected isolation based on schedules that divide learning into 50-minute chunks, our curriculum endeavors for students to tackle real-world challenges, leading to deeper understanding of core content. A hallmark of integrated studies is student voice & choice. Content is balanced between student interest and content standards. Students are given choice to share their learning via multiple pathways. Additionally, 8th graders will participate in the annual Shakespeare residency.
Our major units of study:
- Why School?
- The Forces Around Us
- Human Rights (WWII)
- What Do You Know About Where You Live?
Example Unit: Spring 2018 Minerals Unit
Geologist Dr. John Van Hoesen speaks with the students about rocks and minerals in VT.
Just one example of some of the work that students complete in integrated studies, last spring, students worked on their minerals projects in integrated studies. Our work began with a rotating selection of non-negotiable workshops following choice workshops and work sessions co-created and organized by one of our amazing student leadership committees. Students explored resources for this unit on the Live Binder that Ms. Perry created using resources compiled by students and teachers.