I was tweeting the other day and happened across a provocative post @amcollier Anne of Green Mountains about a lacking 3rd grade worksheet on Africa. As you can imagine, the vast continent is front and center in the media with President Trump’s recent disparaging comments. My point is this, creating a learning network on Twitter and interacting with others who are there is a viable way to expand your own thinking and share ideas.
You can read this week’s column “There’s More to Ethiopia than kids’ starving” — a personal response to and inspired by Anne of Green Mountains which taps into my own experience as both teacher and writer.
WSJ published a story a few years ago about how students created and applied their interdisciplinary studies in the world outside of the classroom. Read the article.
As you focus on your interdisciplinary plan think about how your education up until this juncture informs your reason for research and how you will apply your past knowledge, research, and skill into your applied Project.
As you ruminate, consider yourself as Reader. What have you read? What are you reading now? A little Matthew, Aesop, Homer, Hesiod, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Shelley, Longfellow, Frost, Hemingway, Faulkner, Bishop, and Angelou can go a long way! And Stephen King, J.K. Rawlings, and Elizabeth Strout ain’t so bad either! Find time to read what you like, and challenge yourself with texts you never thought you would. Read to think, because we cannot do it [think] in our own bubbles!