Why interdisciplinary teaching?

"Thomas Jefferson was a philosopher, politician, farmer, landholder, architect, slave holder, writer, husband, and father - and he was all of these at once. Scholarship, however, has needed to divide him into separate parts."
Barbara Carlisle, Associate Professor, Virginia Tech

Students see connections between schooling, lessons, and life.

Helps students understand their own ways of thinking, learning, and imagining, enabling them to become independent learners.

Challenges students to make new connections, to rethink what they know and do.

Focuses on processes -- various ways to encounter life.
"Music and Life", Barbara Carlisle, American Music Teacher, June/July 1995

staff development model


the arts?

constructivist model?


interdisciplinary teaching?