ANIKA PATEL (FULBRIGHT)

IMPLEMENTING AN INTERDISCIPLINARY CLASSROOM IN A YOUNG LEARNING ENVIRONMENT : TEACHING YOUNG LEARNERS

During my year as a Fulbright ETA in Lampang, Thailand, I intend to use my interdisciplinary degree to inform how I will tailor lessons to individual needs, and to encourage diversity of interests both within and outside of the classroom. The interdisciplinary nature of our current problems require interdisciplinary solutions. Our young minds of today need to be equipped with not only a wide range of knowledge, but also with the right tools and environment that will allow them to draw connections across disciplines. I have seen first-hand how learning in an interdisciplinary manner can heighten education by allowing students to find personal relevance in their learning material, laying the foundation for insatiable curiosity. Taking advantage of students' diverse interdisciplinary knowledge and experiences will stimulate creative conversations and aid production of innovative ideas. By encouraging each student to simply bring their experiences, passions, and interests to the table, can spark creative thinking, and will open students' minds to new perspectives, all while strengthening critical thinking skills. I am excited to share with you what I have learned about the power of an interdisciplinary curriculum in empowering students to be creative in solving current problems as I attempt to implement these ideas in a semi-rural Thai classroom this year.

Anika Patel graduated in 2017 from University of Washington (UW) with a B.S. Biochemistry degree, and Interdisciplinary Honors. She is passionate about medicine and teaching. She is particularly passionate about making information accessible and personally relevant to students. She is currently completing her Fulbright ETA in Lampang, Thailand.