The place to start when beginning a CBL experience is right at home. Can an interaction with the local community facilitate learning in the desired area? Are there needs in the community that need to be addressed? These are the questions with which to start. Then begin to make the connection: write out an email, send out a tweet, make a phone call. And with student safety and age-appropriateness in mind, keep in mind that students can be making these connections as well. Here are a few ideas about possible community connections:
Riverside Secondary asked all their grade 9's to connect with someone in the community. Here are a few of their stories:
Kelsey's story: Kelsey's connection with Krissy around students with special needs
Nana's Story: Nana's interview with a litigation lawyer
Liam's Story: Liam and his group connected with a physiotherapist for their scientist connection
Ali's Story: Ali Interviewed an airplane mechanic about making fuel efficient planes
Rola Tibshirani is a connected educator in Ottawa Ontario. Here is how she leverages #CommunityEngagement for learning:
Rola's Student Designers: Rola's students connected with Humane Society, a veterinarian clinic, and students with autism within the school.
Designing with an Impact: Rola's students designed objects that could be useful for the school's special needs students.
There are so many ways to learn through serving the community. Here are just a few:
Belouga.org hosts some fantastic courses to assist you in developing your CBL chops.