Benefits and Principles of Integrative Teaching

One of the fundamental insights of classical education is that knowledge is unified, and yet the way many of us teach treats subjects like history and literature as though they are distinct by separating them into two different classes. Whether you teach these classes separately or you teach Humanities in one “block,” it is possible to successfully integrate the content of the two disciplines if teachers are willing to collaborate on aligning them as closely as possible. This allows for students to gain a fuller understanding of the “story” of whichever time period you teach. In this workshop, we present the benefits of integrative teaching, offer practical advice on how to achieve alignment (drawn from our own experience working together), and conclude with some principles for successful collaboration across disciplines.

Christine Godwin

Christine Godwin has a degree in History and Classical Studies from Texas A&M University. After years of teaching in the public school system, she fell in love with the classical education model and for the last ve years she has been a Humanities instructor at Regents School of Austin, teaching Classical History, Medieval History, Rhetoric, and American History. In the summer of 2014, she served as a teacher in the inaugural SCL in Orvieto program.