Learners can be encouraged to engage with personal stories, images, and examples where appropriate. This could involve them in conducting interviews or using real-life case studies of people in communities in order to challenge them to think. Making learning appropriately relational means helping learners themselves to serve each other and take responsibility for each other’s learning and to seek the good of others rather than just being focused on themselves.

  • In PE soccer, players can create ways of celebrating a goal that acknowledge the role of other players in setting it up rather than focusing on just one player. Learners can support each other in review sessions, identifying needs and strengths and helping each other. Learners can develop a collaborative community in math, supporting each other while still being stretched.
  • Learners can practice their German using stories of real people and their communities rather than fictitious ones.
  • Learners can explore different ways in which transportation serves their community as part of a topic. They can create their own ideas for small businesses in design and technology and how small businesses can serve a whole community and change lives.

Approaching learning in this way constantly reminds people that learning is related to life and to honoring and serving others. Life is not lived in isolation; we are all part of many communities.