This is how I teach. I integrate each content area into significant projects that are rooted in collaborative learning partnerships. These partnerships are both local and global. These partnerships are both horizontal and vertical. Horizontally, I connect my students with other children of similar age but differing cultures. Vertically, I connect them with younger students they can teach and with older children who can teach them.
I also believe the adage that it takes a village to raise a child. For that reason, I bring experts to my classroom who have life experience in topics we are discussing. I form partnerships with the Education Department of a local university. Students in methods classes such as Computer Applications, Methods of Teaching, Music, Science, Math, etc., are required to develop and teach lessons that meet the goals of my classroom.
These connections are called The Husky Howler Network.
The products of this network are displayed on our student-created web site. To see some of their accomplishments, please click the link.