Interdisciplinary Learning (IDL)

What is Interdisciplinary Learning (IDL)? 

Student learning built around a Big Question that brings together multiple content areas in a meaningful way.

Why IDL? 

IDL supports:

  • Authentic, real-world learning
  • Student ownership of learning 
  • Student choice
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Integration of skills across disciplines

What does IDL look like? 

IDL is student-led learning. With teacher support, students will build their skills and understanding in each of the content areas in order to develop their answer to the Big Question. 

Each IDL is 4-8 weeks long, culminating in an authentic final project that requires students to demonstrate their mastery of the skills and understandings of the unit.

Students will work independently, in small groups, and with each content area expert teacher.

2020-2021  Big Questions

5th and 6th grade

  • Why do things move as they do? (Science, Math, Hebrew)
  • How has communication shaped human connection? (Humanities, Jewish Thought, Music)
  • How can the Akiba Community, be more sustainable? (Humanities, Science, Jewish Thought)

7th and 8th grade

  • How should a government respond to a pandemic? (Science, Math, Humanities)
  • What makes up the “heart” of a place? (Jewish Thought, Hebrew, Art)
  • How accessible is safe water in Chicago? (Humanities, Science, Math, Law)