Project-Based, Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning
EYA endeavors to be relevant and engaging in our teaching methods and assignments by emphasizing the inter-connectedness of subjects and completing projects rooted in relevant, real-life scenarios and challenges.
Examples of Interdisciplinary Projects
Celebrating Food! (English 11 & Environmental Science Combo) SEPT 2013
In a collaborative effort between the Grade 11 English class and the Grade 11 Environmental Science class, the whole school was able to benefit. This is because the two classes joined together to learn about responsible eating – choosing food that was natural, healthy, and environmentally friendly - and then put it into practice. Groups of students researched appropriate recipes, wrote cooking instructions for them, and then prepared the dishes for everyone to taste and share.
To make a record of the event, students filmed all the stages of the process and followed up the cooking day by writing descriptive reviews of the served dishes. The final part of the project will be to produce a podcast of the experience that will be uploaded in the near future.
Who Wants to be a Celebrity???
(Intro to Anthropology, Sociology & Psychology and English 12) OCT 2013
The grade 11 Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology class partnered up with grade 12 English to examine the role media plays in our socialization. Lessons and activities included analyzing the messages of media, such as what it teaches us about gender and class, and how North American society has become obsessed with celebrity culture. Students investigated sociological theories and applied their understanding to Sophia Coppola’s film The Bling Ring, showcasing their inquiry and critical perspectives.
Graffiti: Defining Deviance in the Sociological and Artistic Context
There is much debate about graffiti in public space: is it emblematic of destruction of property or is it a venue for social change? The art history class and human development courses started by looking at the concept of deviance, to stray from normalized behaviours in society, and explored motivations of graffiti artists and the intricate set of codes that define their work. Stemming from the hip-hop movement in the United States, the historical context in which graffiti arose provided students with an entry point for their analysis as they made sense of graffiti using a formula for artistic inquiry.
EYA and Earl Beatty Public School Community Mural Project
On Tuesday, October 21, EYA student leaders facilitated workshops at Earl Beatty in preparation for an upcoming community mural. The reps from EYA helped the younger grades brainstorm ideas about the TDSB character education traits that are to be the subject of the large-scale painting. Leaders will return in November to guide the completion of the mural which will be displayed in EB’s cafeteria.
The Return to Earl Beatty
EYA's leaders returned to Earl Beatty Public School in March to facilitate the printing of a large-scale mural for the school' cafeteria. Our students worked in pairs to guide grades K-8 as they contributed to its completion. The leaders were responsible for giving instructions, keeping students organized and on task, as well as modelling brush technique. A big thank you to our leaders for their patience, mentorship, and sense of humour to make the day a huge success!