Start small. We started with a cross curricular project to sample what it would be like to bundle two courses together. We worked very hard to legitimize our program and be certain the students were gaining new skills and not losing content.
Students with math anxiety were enjoying their work. Students who thought they weren’t artistic were able to express themselves creatively.
When you face challenges starting something new, it’s important to take time and reflect on the bigger picture of what motivated you to start in the first place. It always came back to the students and parent feedback for us to feel we were making a difference. We would encourage anyone starting out to stay the path. Seek out people who will help motivate you.
Although it was not our main focus, our students did very well on the province’s standardized testing and that helped people realize what we were doing was working.
We have a video of “six quick tips to getting started bundling courses”.
We are also working on a educator’s book that will be available in 2020 about approaches and strategies to bundling courses. Our ArtGram book is a nice introductory sample project if you’re looking to blend Art and Math.