Integrated Curriculum Departmentalizing Guidance
In U-46 there are many different ways that intermediate (3-6) teachers could collaborate to provide instruction. While the following guidance for departmentalizing is provided, it is not intended to be a comprehensive list of examples. Any time teachers departmentalize they must work together to determine the instruction for their shared students to ensure that the curriculum standards are met for each content (literacy, science, social studies, SEL) area.
Example 1: One teacher teaches social studies and science and the other teaches language arts and math
The teachers would use the units as provided with the ELA teacher using the literacy standards to guide their instruction as well as collaborating with the content area partner to reinforce those skills as they apply to demonstrating knowledge in the content area focus. Additionally, both teachers would integrate SEL skills into their lessons per the guidance in the units.
Example 2: One teacher teaches science and the other teacher teaches social studies, they both teach language arts
The teachers would teach their content area per the guidance of the unit for their content area for the entire trimester integrating the literacy standards according to the timeline dictated by the units. For example, if I teach science, I would begin with the priority standards listed in unit 2 but then include the literacy and SEL standards from Unit 1. I would continue to cover the content area priority standards when I then moved to the literacy and SEL standards for unit 2.
Example 3: One teacher teaches literacy, one teaches science and one teaches social studies
Teacher one would teach the literacy piece of each unit as dictated. Teachers two and three would teach their respective content area for the entire trimester, coordinating with teacher one to ensure integration of literacy but no duplication of lessons. All three would embed SEL standards.