Teacher Skills Forum 2019
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Saturday, March 9 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
THE ART OF GEOMETRY: using interdisciplinary learning approaches to foster deep learning

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Interdisciplinary learning enables students to combine “hands-on” activities with what, mathematician Seymoure Papert, has termed “heads-in” exercises. The goal of an interdisciplinary approach is to allow students to synthesize ideas and transfer skills such as critical thinking, research, analysis and creativity across all disciplinary boundaries to consider alternative ways of acquiring knowledge. Some obvious themes that have emerged out of interdisciplinary curricula are the thematic combinations of mathematics and science or of literature, art and history. But what if we embraced a broader spectrum and brought two polarized disciplines, that have traditionally divided students, to a common ground? What if conventional geometry was taught through the lens of Islamic art? What if geometric patterns were perfected with mathematical measurements? What fruit will be borne for both teachers and learners from this fertile ground?
The Art of Geometry workshop aims to foster an environment with a low threshold to creativity for its participants regardless of their interests or skill level. This workshop will walk through the pedagogy and sample lesson plans of an arts and math interdisciplinary curriculum unit that has been implemented in our classrooms. Participants will also have the opportunity to listen to student testimonies of their experiences. Participants will reflect on their own practice within an interdisciplinary context and consider tools and techniques to achieve a deeper, more meaningful learning experience for their students.

By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:
- Develop thematic connections to create an interdisciplinary lesson plan
- Create a pilot class project which they are able to implement with a clear set of competencies and outcomes
- Enhance student learning by experiencing a hands-on interdisciplinary project


Maram Haddad

Faculty member, Mathematics department and Class Dean, King’s Academy
Amman native Maram Haddad obtained her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Kentucky, followed by a master’s degree in secondary education in mathematics from the same university. Ms. Haddad began her teaching career as a calculus assistance professor at her... Read More →

Joanna Tutinji

Studio Arts Faculty Member, King’s Academy
Joanna Tutinji began her teaching career in 2013 shortly after completing her Mlitt in Modern and Contemporary Art History from Christie’s Education in London. Joanna has always been interested in the inherent interdisciplinary nature of the arts- particularly when it meets with... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm EET
Harranah 4 - First Floor