We take a systems-theory approach to literacy instruction: the key to success is leveraging the interrelationships among the components of literacy and their relationship to other content areas. Literacy is the responsibility of all teachers. The internal conversations one has while reading, writing, speaking, and listening are enhanced by one’s content area mastery; these must be shared with students to model literacy.
Improving Math Instruction
The study of mathematics must include an emphasis on math processes as well as content; understanding how mathematical calculations work more than merely being able to apply them. While many see mathematics as a linear science in which one skill must follow another, we see mathematics as an art of associations, best mastered through a problem solving approach.
SISIL (Scientific Inquiry, Synergy, and Innovation Laborasphere)
SISIL melds the structures and strategies of the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom™ with the natural approach to scientific inquiry. It begins with an authentic, open-ended, problem-based task and launches students into a divergent-thinking phase of brainstorming knowledge-gathering, Scientific Inquiry, and experimentation. It moves to a Synergy phase, making connections among knowledge and findings, and then to a convergent phase toward Innovation, solution determination and justification. The once cloistered scientific laboratory is now expanded through technology, allowing information to move across the hemispheres and through the atmosphere, capturing real-time data — thus, our coining of the phrase Laborasphere. IDE Corp. consultants provide cohort-based instructional design work in designing innovative science curriculum and learning environments.
These are just three content areas. Contact us to learn more about our work in other content areas.
Consider . . .
- Designing subject-specific Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classrooms
- Developing SISIL classrooms
- Providing staff development workshops on content-area instruction