Teaching can lead to practice, rather than being kept as something that learners need to pay attention to in order to pass tests or gain information. Teachers can provide opportunities for students to serve each other and the local community. Teaching can turn a class’s vision outward toward the wider world, and teachers can introduce issues of justice and how we bring about change, providing opportunities to engage, for example, with fair trade and how shopping can make a difference.
- Teachers can teach cooking skills that can be used in baking for the elderly, giving learners an opportunity to serve. Math and cooking skills can be taught as a way of raising money for disaster relief. Teachers can use a topic as an opportunity for learners to contribute to the community by making posters for the local community day.
- Teachers can arrange for students to practice supporting each other in PE by pairing stronger tennis players with those with a weaker serve.
Teaching in this way helps learners take learning from abstract information to practice. It does not necessarily mean leaving the classroom or adding a time-consuming project; it can be practiced within the school or in a class period.