During the recent mutual observation week, I had the opportunity to observe a variety of lessons, including one particular geography lesson that was based around financial flows, and the links to economic development. As an economist, I was in my element! It was particularly interesting to think about how much of my course’s specification was potentially being taught outside of the economics classroom and just how many of our courses overlap in content.
Much has been written on the benefits of curriculum mapping, yet the practice seems far more common at primary, not secondary level. At Oakham, the Lower school makes a concerted effort to drive an inter-disciplinary approach, but by Upper school, subjects (and the way I have approached teaching) can be seen to be discrete in nature. And whilst there are certainly reasons for this separation, some kind of collaboration between different subject specialists must be beneficial to learning outcomes.
Below is a quote taken from Mehrenberg on the benefits of team teaching across departments;
“The interaction of two teachers—both the intellectual interaction involved
in the design of the course, and the pedagogical interaction in the teaching of the
course—creates a dynamic environment that reflects the way scholars make
meaning of the world. The process naturally breaks down the teacher-centered
classroom by creating a scholarly community in which teachers and students work
together to understand important ideas, and where students don’t just learn
content, but begin to understand how knowledge is constructed, grasp the
connections between disciplines as well as their different perspectives, see greater
coherence in the curriculum, and appreciate how having more than one teacher in
the classroom leads naturally to dialogue and active learning” Mehrenberg 2012
So here is my offer. I am making myself available as an Economist to any colleague who can think of a use for me! Any age, any subject, any time, I will come and deliver content that you would like to be taught. Whether it is the impact of Thatcherite policies for thespians studying Billy Elliot, an accountancy game for F1 mathematicians or an in depth look into the Wall Street crash for historians, just contact me and let’s see what we can do!