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What is the theme or context for your project?
Contextual learning projects engage students in academic work applied to a context related to their lives, communities, workplaces or the wider world.
In the Contextual Learning Portal, common themes include:
- Nutrition and health
- Gardening and food
- Career exploration
- School climate and anti-bullying
- Arts, literacy, books and reading
The context for the project may be a workplace-based, community-based or school-based. Examples include:
- Writing for a school newspaper;
- Developing videos, websites, handbooks or brochures about a topic;
- Developing lesson plans and learning materials for younger students;
- Participating in an environmental advocacy campaign;
- Conducting field studies in wetlands or salt marshes;
- Writing a business plan in a entrepreneurship program;
- Creating exhibits for a local history museum.
The process of choosing a theme and context for a project can start anywhere.
It can start with a set of learning goals (such as a desire to help students explore health topics; get experience in web design;
or gain experience writing for various audiences) or it can start with student, teacher or community partner suggestion of a project and a topic of study.