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Archive for October, 2006

MAIS Powerpoint and Pragmatic Applications 4 November 2006

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Here are links to the Power Point presentation and the Pragmatic Applications list that Kili Lay and I created for our “Integrating Interdisciplinary Inquiries in International Institutions” seminar at the Mediterranean Association of International Schools (MAIS).

The Power Point

Pragmatic Applications

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

The Harvard Graduate School of Education stands firmly in support of Interdisciplinary Education. Click on THIS LINK to access three well-constructed essays:

  • Three Strategies of Interdisciplinary Teaching of Math and Science: A Case of Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
  • From a Community of People to a Community of Disciplines: The Art of Integrative Humanities at St. Paul’s School
  • Three Strategies for Interdisciplinary Teaching: Contextualizing, Conceptualizing, and Problem-Solving

Right On PSU!

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

No longer do Portland State University freshmen take the typical basic composition and 101 classes you find at most universities.Instead, students sign up for courses that blend as many as five basic subjects in any number of combinations. Among their options this year is the ongoing freshman course, “Life’s labors: work and play,” a mix of psychology, theatre, literature and composition.

Read more here…

the inherently interdisciplinary nature of mathematics

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

Click Here for a litany of provocative quotations on the inherently interdisciplinary nature of mathematics.

Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

This link provides access to the Educational Broadcasting Corporation’s work with interdisciplinary learning expert Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs. Dr. Jacobs is an education consultant who works internationally with schools, districts, companies, and not-for profit groups, K-12, on curriculum reform, instructional strategies to encourage critical thinking, and strategic planning. She has written two books: Interdisciplinary Design and Implementation and Mapping the Big Picture: Integrating Curriculum and Assessment K-12

Read on here for Innovative Lesson Ideas

Can You Tell a Sunni From a Shiite?

Saturday, October 28th, 2006

Jeff Stein, the national security editor at Congressional Quarterly, argues that too many [U.S.] officials in charge of the war on terrorism just don’t care to learn much, if anything, about the enemy we’re fighting. And that’s enough to keep anybody up at night. Read more here

Post your Editorial Here

Friday, October 20th, 2006

Your must post your finished editorial here. As a reminder there parameters of your editorial are as follows:

You need to demonstrate your support for your chosen candidate by creating a one-page, single-spaced editorial in his (her?) support. This editorial should not only boast the virtues of your candidate, it should also speak to the relative weaknesses of the other candidates.

    1. Your editorial must have a specific, refutable and complex thesis.
    2. Your editorial must be posted in this section. You must also submit a paper copy to me.

I have invited some of my esteemed colleagues (Quim, McKee, Rugs, Herschberger, Pover, Bailey, etc.) to weigh in on the marketplace of ideas.

The Assignment & Our Schedule

Friday, October 20th, 2006

You assignment for the Catalunya 2006 Debate is posted right here

Parlament de Catalunya Website

Friday, October 20th, 2006

This site will be invaluable for your information acquisition process. Though there are certain links that are not in English, the vital links are (vital per your assignment that is). In particular, look at links on the left side of the screen. Again, STUDY this site.

Here it is

The website for the President of Catalunya

Friday, October 20th, 2006

Is located right here