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Taking an interdisciplinary approach to learning

Some of us attended schools where we learned only math in math class, learned only to draw in art class, and focused solely on literature in English class. But today’s classrooms are much more varied, and many teachers use materials to help students learn multifaceted lessons – often spanning two subjects that aren’t commonly connected! This interdisciplinary approach has a number of benefits. First, it helps students connect with lessons regardless of their interests. For example, an artistic student and a math-focused student might both enjoy a color by number project that includes simple equations. Second, they can engage both sides of a student's brain. Incorporating creative elements into more standard lessons can build important connections that support lifelong learning.

CEF funds a number of grants each year that help teachers impart lessons across disciplines. Here are a few exciting examples from the 2022 grant cycle!

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