Thank you for this, Ryan.
Learning is not only multi-modal but it is interdisciplinary as well. As our most fortunate students learn: the most engaged, deep-learning occurs when kids are immersed in learning that crosses the barriers of domain, modality, and even the threshold of their classroom doorway.
I remember when my oldest son went to Kindergarten and his teacher used to take them on a trip around the neighborhood as part of a unit on community. One parent was worried that their child would miss some of the ‘content’ taught in class. When instead the children returned to class invigorated from the experience and eager to represent each of the landmarks in our Brooklyn neighborhood.
The children not only learned important skills about mapping and local geography but they were happy to try their hand at spelling all the names of the local bakeries, coffee shops, and bodegas.
Social studies, literacy, math, and science were all rolled into a single walk around the neighborhood!