An interdisciplinary curriculum equips students with a toolkit for thinking about the complex problems of the world and of themselves as learners. The interdisciplinary school subject is a series of lessons, activities, and projects that aim to combine all typical school subjects into one holistic view of education. Our draft curriculum, in partnership with ongoing grant-funding from Holistic Think Tank, provides teachers with actionable steps toward making change. Further developments of the IDS will occur across 2023-2024.
Interdisciplinary education is crucial for fostering innovative thinking and solving complex problems across multiple fields. In other words, multi-subject learning is required to tackle the problems of today and work collaboratively toward change. Our phase 1 (of 3) contribution to the IDS includes:
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Holistic Think Tank has created a list of 10 key competencies that guide this curriculum. Read more.
The IDS is designed to be:
This content is aimed at a middle school (6th-8th grade) audience, but could easily be adapted to other grade levels. We recognize that there are varying degrees of implementation of an entirely interdisciplinary course, ranging from pick-up activities in an advisory period to a full class period. In theory, the IDS is designed to tackle a selection of lessons over the course of a semester, followed by an extensive project in the second semester.
We recommend accessing our resources in the following order:
* Please note that the IDS is currently under development in an ongoing grant from Holistic Think Tank in conjunction with the University of Sheffield. This is a draft of phase 1 (of 3) of the Human Restoration Project interdisciplinary school subject and changes will be rapidly occurring across 2023-2024. However, please feel free to offer us feedback! Further, Holistic Think Tank is looking for educators to become involved in this project. Visit their website to learn more.
Each interdisciplinary lesson contains a lesson plan, facilitation guide, project spin-off ideas, additional media recommendations, and ways to integrate each into typical subject areas (mathematics, science, English, social studies, art, physical education). These lessons are designed for students aged ~11-14. However, any could be modified to an older or younger community. All lessons are available under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike International License. Please attribute this work to Human Restoration Project and Holistic Think Tank.
These resources are still in development in an ongoing grant from Holistic Think Tank. There will likely be formatting and grammatical errors. We're looking for educators to help us pilot these lessons. If you're interested, join us!
In addition to our interdisciplinary lesson plans, Human Restoration Project has prepared a pedagogical and impact guide to facilitate this curriculum.
An overview of the design of the IDS, the included lessons, different implementation strategies, and the why/how of interdisciplinary learning. We have designed our curriculum to be modular, extendable, and progressive: centering young people's voices in leading curricular outcomes.download
Each lesson within the IDS is designed to be extended into multi-week projects, driven by student interest and purpose-finding. Our Impact Guidebook provides a walkthrough of design thinking and experiential learning, equipping educators with the tools to facilitate project-based learning workshops.download
Looking to create a project but not sure where to start? Pilot our project generator! Each project features a "lead subject" that could initiate the planning of a project, with a lesson from our existing interdisciplinary subject as a starting point.
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Highlight excerpts from “The Art of Code - Dylan Beattie”, which demonstrates how nuanced and creative the field of coding is, and how much it takes to develop the applications that govern much of what we do in the modern world. Have students reflect: how are math and science connected to art?