Interdisciplinary curriculum involves using the knowledge view and curricular approach that consciously applies methodology and language from more than one discipline to examine a central theme, issue, problem, topic, or experience.
By interweaving content that is current, relevant, personal, and connected, interdisciplinary curriculum connects the curriculum from various subjects (i.e. Math, English, Science, art, etc), relying not on the linear and reductionist teaching methods but instead using topics, themes, and "Big Questions" to deliver curriculum. Our Integrated model allows much more content to be delivered in a shorter period of time, while overlaying skills to provide a much more synergistic result.
The solutions required in today's world call for kids who can see the big picture. Our current "schooling" still siloes subjects separately, in a fragmented and disconnected way, and still we wonder why students are disengaged and craving relevance. Teachers too long for something that can connect the learning and allow their students to see why it matters.
An educational "system" is defined to have a purpose. An education should and must prepare students for a new world reality, where design-thinking and problem-solving skills must be deployed quickly to solve problems and to build a more sustainable, just, and equitable world. Todays eduaction systems still tend to emulate an assembly line mentaility, one that was always more concerned with a person only having to know "their part" than be concerned about the whole. Now, more than ever, education of the whole is needed.
Integration creates synergy, and a system characterized by synergy, where the whole is often greater than the sum of its parts, is both more efficient and more effective in fulfilling its purpose. Because the relationship among the elements add value to the whole, an eduction system founded on integration of subject matter - and in paticular, the curriculum - is essential and creates synergy in learning. Each aspect of the curriculum (defined again by ther systems purpose), is connected with the other to create synergy and better fulfill its purpose. In addition to a connected curriculum, students, teachers, methodologies, and delivery (through physical and digital platforms) all play a vital role, and each aspect must be carefully considered, not just for its own merits, but for how it interacts with all the other connected elements to create optimal results.
We bring together the best in methodologies to create an optimal learning experience
Flipped Classroom is a pedagogical approach in which the traditional elements of the lesson taught by the teacher are reversed – the primary materials are prepared and studied by the students prior to the lesson, and then discussed in the classroom. The main objective of this method is to optimize time in class by dedicating it, for example, to answer questions, have a discussion, develop cooperative projects, or work on specific tasks.
Project-based: One of the most effective methodologies used today is Project-Based Learning (PBL). In its essence, PBL allows students to acquire key knowledge and skills through the development and completion of projects that relate to real-life problems. Starting with a relateable problem, instead of the traditional theoretical and abstract model, sees notable improvements in students’ ability to retain knowledge as well as opportunities to develop complex competencies such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and problem solving.
Co-operative: The proponents of this model assert that working in a group improves engagement and acquisition of knowledge by students. The main characteristic is that it is structured based on the formation of groups of 3-5 people, where each member has a specific role, and to reach the objectives it is necessary to interact and work in a coordinated manner. In a cooperative learning context, the final goal is always common and will be achieved if each of the members successfully performs their tasks.
Problem-based Design Thinking: Design Thinking (DT) applies a unique templated framework to solve problems. It is a cyclically iterative process composed of different stages, starting with asking questions and acquiring knowledge that, in turn, leads to more questions in a growing complexity cycle. Putting this methodology into practice does not only mean the exercise of inquiry by students, but converts it into useful data and information. According to several educators, the four great advantages observed with the use of this methodology are:
Competency/Assessment Based Learning:
By definition, all learning methodologies have the acquisition of knowledge, the development of skills and the establishment of work habits as their main goals. Competency-Based Learning (CBL) represents a set of strategies to achieve this. Through assessment tools such as rubrics, teachers can go through the academic curriculum without significant deviations but focusing it in a different way, putting into practice real examples and, thus, transmitting to their students a more tangible dimension of the lessons.
Experiential learning brings the curriculum to life, and is acquired through project-based learning in which students create models, go on site visits, listen to and speak with guest speakers, and field trips to engage in more in-depth study of topics that impact their schools and communities.
In addition to our methodologies, we also include in our model:
The co-existance between nature and technological progress is a fine one. At Fuller, we believe in the benefits of using technology, but also understand that students require a fundamental appreciation of Nature and the living systems that sustain the planet and everything that is a part of it. Nature and sustainable futures are essential to a Fuller education.
A healthy balance of Art and Science caters to every students need to understand the physical elements of the world, while possessing other necessary "soft skills" crucial to social community and personal well-being. We understand that while some students may be more "analytical", and some may be more "artistic" or creative, all students will benefit from active development of nd participation and understanding in both.
We provide counselling and coaching sessions each month to ensure students are on-track and to answer any questions or provide advice. Counselling is an important aspect of student success at Fuller. We believe academics are only one of many components that lead to student success and fulfillment.