Every teacher wants their students to take action that makes a difference to and in the world. But how do we make this happen?

This year, Tosca Killoran, Adam Bourret and I launched a research project to look at how we can enable and empower our students in taking sustainable action; The peer reviewed paper was published on February 28, 2013 in the IB Journal of Teaching Practice (http://ibpublishing.ibo.org/journal/index.php/ibjoftp/article/view/63

In continuing with this research, we developed an Action Phase Document, as well as a Children's book. The phase document was created because the authors believe that the concept of action is more a state of mind than a product. Action can only make a resonating difference to and in the world when it is developed in tandem with a toolbox of explicitly taught skills, modeled behaviors, scaffolded plans and a gradual release of responsibility.

This document contains a service-learning curriculum framework, which includes: strands, sub-strands, phases and online resources that complement the skills focused on at each stage of the learning journey towards sustained action. It is available here: http://www.helptakeaction.com/action-phase-document.html 

The children's book that we created is now available in Print version and will soon be available as an eBook. To learn more about "A is for Action: The ABC's of Taking Action", check out: http://www.ed-ucation.ca/a-is-for-action-the-abcs-of-taking-action....

Take a look and let me know what you think. I appreciate any feedback you can offer!

Tags: Action, CBL, IB, IBO, Making a difference, PBL, PYP, Service Learning, Social good, Social innovation, More…Take Action, Taking action, change the world, volunteer

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