During the process of gathering all of the standards that would have cross application, we were surprised to see just how many there are.
We listed each unit with the English Language Arts standards and then all other content area standards by subject. We began with the Night Unit, then Math/Science Unit, and lastly, the Music Analysis Unit.
The next step after gathering the standards was placing them in into the appropriate lesson plans. One of the struggles with the Math/Science Unit was deciding which ones to include seeing that the students themselves are choosing the topics, and thus, the standards that would be implemented with their work. We decided to list all that applied for the 11-12 grade band.
Today we submitted the IRB. Honestly, we did not think that we would have to complete an IRB since this is a creative project thesis. It makes since now as we are going to be asking about 20 teachers questions during an open discussion. We want to make sure that everything we ask them is ethical and reviewed beforehand.
We will NOT be working with collecting any data or responses from students: only other teachers.
This is the blog/reflection for the Master's Creative Project of Nik Rice and Chris Peck on "The Utility of Cross-Curricular Learning in the ELA Classroom." This is where you will find our thoughts, frustrations, and successes while creating these units.
This blog is to serve as a tool for other educators and for the purpose of reflection of the creators of the unit, and was implemented during the proposal defense portion of the project and should be seen as a heads up or "what worked and what did not work" for other ELA teachers who are about to use these units or any units that implement CCL into their teaching.
Chris Peck and Nik Rice teach ELA in Utah.