October’s meeting featured a brilliant presentation by Indie Ed member, Liza Dombrowsky, which was followed by enlightening conversation about the connection of curricular content within our individual tutorial sessions.
Liza presented the complex and often abstract concepts of mathematics across the curriculum through both historical and sociological context. Her presentation was not only thought-provoking but well prepared, complete with an illustrated PowerPoint and interactive scripting which prompted active participation among our attendees.
Later, we divided into two groups and in our group we discussed the many ways that we integrate and move across curriculum to maximize student comprehension and retention of academic content. The group discussed when it is and is not appropriate to drift from the rigidity of the daily assignment and offer a larger context for study. We also shared ideas, resources and techniques for what Liza has coined as brain breaks. Brain breaks allow students a chance to recess from the specific tasks of completion while keeping their minds active.
It is always refreshing to discuss our work with fellow colleagues and that what IndieEd offers: a chance for those of us who tend to work in isolation to meet up and support each other.