What do I mean by Teaching for Transfer?
One of the jobs every teacher has is to help the students learn that the information they learn in one subject is useful in other subjects and beyond the classroom. Students are basically creating an internal database of information with all they learn in the classroom. For many students, this begins as a rigid storage: math belongs at math time and language arts during language arts. Our job is to teach them for transfer which is how to access knowledge outside of the specific subject in the classroom through cross-curricular activities, simulations, and authentic real-world learning experiences. Teaching students problem-solving and critical thinking skills help to provide students a foundation to apply lessons from within a subject to the entire classroom and perhaps more importantly to beyond the classroom.