Strategies for Engagement #16

…to help learners to approach learning in relational terms

Learners can be encouraged to engage with personal stories, images and examples where that is appropriate. This could involve them in conducting interviews or using real life case studies of people in communities in order to challenge them to think. Making learning appropriately relational means that learners themselves are helped to serve each other and take responsibility for each other’s learning and to seek the good of others rather than just being focused on themselves.

  • In PE, football players can create ways of celebrating a goal that acknowledge the role of other players in setting it up rather than focusing on just one player. Learners can support each other in revision, identifying needs and strengths and helping each other. Learners can develop a collaborative community in maths, supporting each other while still being stretched.
  • Learners can practise their German using stories of real people and their communities rather than fictitious ones.
  • Learners can explore different ways in which transport serves their community as part of a topic. They can create their own ideas for small businesses in design and technology and how small businesses can serve a whole community and change lives.
Approaching learning in this way constantly reminds people that learning is related to life and to ways in which we can honour and serve others. Life is not lived in isolation, we are all part of many communities.