Resources for Integrating Community-Based Learning Into Your Classroom

A collection of resources that can help both veterans and newcomers to utilize community-based learning in their teaching methods. These resources are meant to aid teachers in their efforts to alter the way we engage students in and outside the classroom.

At Winchester Thurston, we believe that innovative programming is what keeps our students engaged year after year. City as Our Campus provides real-world learning by connecting students to their communities. In today’s world, classrooms aren’t the only place where learning takes place. Libraries, museums, businesses, and even the digital space have a place in the modern learning ecosystem. Below are examples of this practice in action, as well as tips on implementing community focused learning. 

Community-Based Learning:

  • The Edutopia video above is a great starting point for educators who may be unfamiliar with the topic at hand.
  • Remake Learning: This article features insight into how Winchester Thurston is partnering with local businesses and getting students invested in their community. The project featured is an eight-week building program with 412Build that aims to take students along the step-by-step progress of creating a product.
  • Edutopia: Learn more about how community-based learning can go beyond connecting students to their surroundings and help foster a sense of community pride.

Project-Based Learning:

  • National Association of Independent Schools: Technology is your friend and can change the way students view projects.
  • Learning In Hand: The phrasing of a question can either be the start of an exciting challenge or an onslaught of boredom. Use this guide to craft questions that drive critical thinking.
  • High Tech High: Here are a list of project examples for those looking for some inspiration for their curriculum.

Various Topics That Relate to the CAOC Initiative:

  • Educause Learning Initiative: A guide to creating authentic-learning experiences that do not shy away from incorporating technology into the learning process.
  • Brain Friendly Strategies for the Inclusive Classroom: As a teacher, it is vital to understand who your audience is and how to create a space where all feel welcome.
  • Teaching Strategies: Our current education system is based on a model developed in the Industrial Revolution. This guide will help bring your classroom into the 21st Century.