Reflective Teaching Challenge Day Twenty-Three: Community


Write about one way that you “meaningfully” involve the community in the learning in your classroom. If you don’t yet do so, discuss one way you could get started.


Thinking about how to address this particular topic for the 30-day blog challenge, well challenged me.  If I’m being honest, I am not involving the idea of “the community” as much in my classroom as I’d like.  I help sponsor and mentor students through co-charing our school’s chapter of the National Honor Society and College Mentor Program.  Through these two programs, students are encouraged and required to give back and participate in the community as a whole.  There is also a fabulous scholarship opportunity for Florida high school students, and part of the requirements to qualify is through community service hours.  As wonderful as it is to encourage students to participate in the community in this manner, what more could be done?  We are supposed to be developing globally aware students.  What am I doing to help support students in this manner? This is the prime opportunity to explore the answer to this question.

One way in which I could begin to help students see their place in the community, to bring it into the classroom is to develop a Community Outreach program or campaign.  As I see it, there are six strong steps that would be involved:

1.  I Identify and Research a Problem

2.  Explore Possible Solutions

3.  Collaborate and Network with Those In-the-Know

4.  See Avenues of Support

5.  Develop a Plan

6.  Take Action

This is just the first step of my own plan to develop a stronger community presence in my curriculum.

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