* Disrupt: To Radically Change *
The last two weeks you have been working hard. You have been working on your mindset and getting that bar raised off the ground. You did it! Now you’re in mid-lift and it is time to push the bar to its maximum height! It is time to disrupt what you thought was possible to create a new norm and a new expectation for yourself! Let’s elevate that bar to its highest point!
This week we are digging into the third level of our IntegratED Framework; Level 3: Disrupting the Norm. This level is what we strive for in our instruction and what we believe will showcase integration at its pinnacle. This level received its name “Disrupting the Norm” for a very distinct purpose. As we were developing the framework and the levels for our framework, this was the level that we started with. This is the level that we wanted to strive for and that we want other educators to strive for. When you define the word disrupt, one definition that is given is ‘to radically change’. If that doesn't fit our mantra we don’t know what else does!
This level is disrupting, radically changing (education), because it is here that we are breaking all ‘norms’ that we have grown accustomed to knowing, performing to, and accepting in the world of education. It is in this level that “reading block”, “writing block”, “science block”, “math block”, “social studies block”, no longer matter and/or exist. It is here that all subjects are taught and engaged in through the IntegratED Workshop. It is at this level in which students are engaging in multiple subjects, standards, intelligences, and skills at a time. It is at this level in which students are flowing between different subjects throughout the day. It is in this level in which we see behaviors lessen, inquiry heightens and scores rise.
Science, Reading, Writing, Math, and Technology in this Unit
It is at this level in which teachers are truly becoming a guide to their students’ learning. It is at this level in which students are highly engaged, motivated, excited, and truly engrossed in their learning. This is the level that we feel teachers can truly let their creativity, flexibility, and fun shine in their lessons and/or unit. Our whole goal of the IntegratED framework is to provide a guide for teachers to help condense what is constantly being put on our ever-filling plate spinning act, while at the same time trying to bring back a teacher’s love of teaching and a student’s love of learning through creativity and learning experiences. This level is the epitome of how we feel we can help make that happen. Now, we will tell you that in this level of “Disrupting the Norm” planning and forethought are required. Work will need to be put into creating a unit at this level and magnitude. But we can also tell you that the outcomes, involvement, understanding, growth and experiences that accompany the planning for this level will surpass your expectations and excite you as an educator.
“If you do nothing it feels safe, but everything stays the same. If you do nothing, there is less to experience, less to love, and less to learn.”
To help you get started in your IntegratED teaching, we want you to have a resource that we use to help us plan…the IntegratED planner! Click on this link and it will take you to a free sample of our IntegratED planner that you can download and use right away to help you get started!
Also, for more individualized and in depth learning on multi-subject integration in the classroom, be on the lookout for the upcoming IntegratED cohort starting August 2022! LIMITED spots will be available!
Stay tuned for next week’s blog on Purposeful Integration!
Megan and Kara are educational leaders, professional development experts, and current classroom teachers who are improving the way instruction is being delivered in the standard classroom.