Module 1 (Investigate/Explore). How might you facilitate opportunities for students to recognize or learn about real needs within communities that they might be able to help? : Based on the students experience and their knowledge of the community, we will identify as a class \"problems\" we see within our community. I would have students observe our community, talk to community representatives, and read/listen to local news reports to decide what current problems we might have which they could be instrumental in developing solutions for. I expect this brainstorm step to take a couple of weeks or even a month.
Module 1 (Investigate/Explore). What unique places, activities, field trips, or investigations might you use to engage your students in new content or unexpected discoveries that will help them connect to your theme, topic, or project? : Once a problem is chosen, students would investigate via the internet what actions might be currently underway in taking care of the problem. Students will talk with community leaders along with members of the community to understand the different perspectives on the problem. If available, I would contact speakers to come in to talk with the students allowing them to understand the variety of perspectives.
Module 1 (Investigate/Explore). Three guiding questions I might use to help my students begin their exploration and inquiry of our community are: : 1. How great of a problem is it? (i.e. How many people are affected? Long/short term affects of the problem?)
2. Are there solutions out there already in progress? Do we have a way to affect the problem?
3. Do you really care about this problem?