Other Opportunities for Community-Based Learning
With thoughtful planning, field trips can offer unique ways for students to explore the outside world. Teachers should ensure that the field trip complies with school board guidelines and policies and that all required paperwork is completed.
Bringing the community to the classroom is a great way to engage students. Families are a good source for speakers as they may volunteer themselves or connect schools with someone in the community.
A job shadow is a one day Community-Based Learning experience intended for junior and senior high school students. This experience is usually developed by individual schools and teachers with the support of families. The Job Shadow Learning Journal can help students plan for the experience.
Matching a student with a mentor can be a very positive way to expand a student’s knowledge in a field of interest and their academic studies. Mentors help students by sharing a similar interest, as well as sharing real world situations that may not always be available in the classroom. It is an opportunity for students to learn how experts in their field of interest go about their work.
Service Learning Projects enhance the learning environment with real-life application. Ideally, students will experience a wide range of cross-curricular outcomes through targeted projects that provide exposure and access to career education opportunities. Service Learning projects are about active participation and student ownership of their learning and can occur in any grade level.
Virtual field trips, online guest speakers, research, simulations and career libraries are all examples of virtual explorations. When providing virtual explorations for students, it is important to discuss the appropriate use of evolving communications technology and to review the precautions necessary for online safety including the precautions required to ensure online security of personal information and identity.
Volunteering provides students with the opportunity to support a local or global need, but unlike service learning, it does not require a specific connection to the curriculum. Volunteering helps to develop employability skills and promotes personal growth by building strong and productive relationships with community agencies.