New Ways to Boost Student Learning
More than ever before, millennials are building their own learning experiences and community partnerships. The secondary school experience is changing as more and more teens age into their formative years. Gone are the days of going home from school, dividing into groups, and engaging in “class” activities. Instead, students are voluntarily choosing to establish peer groups to engage in more meaningful activities.
In keeping with this trend, when considering new ways to boost student learning, establishing learning experiences is an important element in one of the most influential education trends today.
Opportunities for Student Learning
There are many activities students can take part in to strengthen their skills. Some include:
Student leadership opportunities
Learning from successful people in their field
Charter school classrooms
Ongoing discussion groups
Refreshing and meaningful learning experiences can be forged through more connected connections with young people in their community and their own school. If a trend of engagement continues in this way, more students will continue to engage in strong engagement and development practices in the future.
Growing Opportunities for Student Learning
Global engagement is an oft-emphasized aspect of educational trends. In these schools, students learn through experiences with others around the world. For example, students in Simon Fraser in Vancouver learn through having an “international learning curriculum,” which includes native dialects, global studies, and a “virtual world” for students to conduct research. The Singaporean government also officially proposed an “international education policy” that would bring together international exposure and learner focus in schools across all education levels. The trend of developing school experiences is allowing for more localized relevance and creating opportunities for students to develop a deeper understanding of the world around them.
Since curricular goals are important for secondary school students, it is important for schools to work closely with teachers to coordinate activities and activities to enrich student learning. One example of how to strengthen student learning is by creating engagement partnerships between teachers and their students in their school and the community at large.
For example, in Maine schools, teenagers work with teachers to create art exhibitions, shop around for green products, and hold forest cleanups. One of the advantages of learning through these collaborations is that the students become “responsible consumers,” “eco-conscious citizens,” and “happy consumers.” Other examples include:
Traffic safety classes and safety events
Learning through civic clubs and associations
Youth field trips
Community service projects
Community service opportunities can help highlight the importance of community and family connections to highlight the connections these students have with their classmates, parents, and community in general. Students can learn by serving in the community and seeing firsthand what impact their presence in the community can have.