Strategies for Engagement #11

…to explore possibilities for active commitment

Learners can be encouraged to actively commit to serving others, being involved in the community, or making other commitments of heart, hand and mind in relation to the topics studied. This is about encouraging students to translate learning into action, to decide what they think is right, and, where appropriate, to make a principled stand.

  • Learners can be given opportunities to serve others, such as by taking part in a community project or by designing posters and invitations to a community day. They can be challenged to think of specific ways to love their city after learning about the industrial revolution or create designs that focus on bringing delight to others (as in this example).
  • Learners can be challenged to decide on a viewpoint or take a stand on an issue, for example by writing a short position statement or by sorting statements into ones they agree with and ones they disagree with (as in this example about the ethics of writing about others).
  • Learners can actively respond in the classroom itself, for instance by praying for each other (as appropriate to your school), actively encouraging each other, and supporting each other – perhaps in a revision class or through peer mentoring in a maths class.
In these and other ways students can be encouraged towards developing their capacity for moral and spiritual commitment as they learn about the needs of the world and the big questions we face.
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