Real and Relevant: a guide for service and project based learning
Real and Relevant provides teachers with a realistic, integrated, and inspirational guide for how to lead service and project-based learning with their students. By engaging in service or project-based learning with students, you are doing nothing less than changing the world for the better. By letting your students explore and begin to solve real life problems, they acquire deeper knowledge, new skills, newfound motivation, responsibility and engagement.
With an intimate portrayal of her service learning experience, elementary teacher and teacher educator Katy Farber provides a hands–on guide for other teachers to take the plunge into service/project based learning. Her extensive practice and research allows for an up-to-date understanding of service/project based learning, so that teachers can engage students from grades 3-12 at the classroom, school and community level. As a teacher educator, I find this guide invaluable for introducing service/project based learning to my pre-service and practicing teachers.
— James Nagle, Associate Professor, Saint Michael’s College; Co-Director, Middle Grades Collaborative
This book is a tremendous resource for the 21st century progressive teacher. Offering a powerful balance of practical guidance and research-based examples, this new edition provides a comprehensive toolkit for service learning in the 21st century. The addition of new chapters devoted to technology, Makerspaces, and Genius Hours provides a compelling and timely illustration of the authentic ways in which service learning can work in conjunction with other contemporary movements in education.
— Jessica DeMink-Carthew, Assistant Professor, Department of Education, Middle Level & Elementary Teacher Education, University of Vermont
- Service Learning 101: Making Learning Real and Relevant, School Leaders Now blog.
- PBL Book Recommendations, Buck Institute for Education.
- The Best Service Learning is Like the Best PBL, Buck Institute for Education.
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