3. Acting on Learning

When students act on their learning, school becomes relevant and the seeds of active citizenship are planted. 

Acting on learning: moves beyond investigation of an issue to identifying solutions and working towards a desired change—in personal lifestyle, in school, in the community, and on the planet. (Laing, 1998, 170)  The premise is - if something is worth knowing, it is worth acting upon.

  • Action projects are practical, real and are relevant to the students involved. 
  • They are not planned simply as a learning exercise.
  • They include community service ranging from volunteering to service learning.

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Additional Insights, Support and Examples
of Acting on Learning

  • Educators are invited to add insights, support and examples to this list. Email joanne@lsf-lst.ca
  • Resources for Rethinking (R4R) recommendations of classroom resources that exemplify Acting on Learning
  • The Engaging Students in Sustainable Action Projects (ESSAP) Guide focuses on engaging the students in successful environment/social justice action projects.
  • EcoLeague™ is a youth empowerment program that challenges and motivates students across the country to help save the planet through community and school-based sustainability action projects
  • The Our Canada Project (OCP) website features an interactive map where students can pin their actions or action projects, including pictures and text. OCP can be used to document an entire project – from class vision and action plan, to pictures, progress updates and sharing success.
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