Activities and Action Projects are experiential.
Consider an activity / action project continuum.
The action project end of the continuum is distinguished by:
Choosing an issue that is important to the group
Visioning, researching, acting, reflecting, and celebrating
A spiral experience through these steps (not necessarily a straight line)
Research into the root causes, multiple perspectives, and myriad stakeholders involved in an issue
Meaningful engagement of students throughout an entire process
Reasons to Do Action Projects?
action projects are experiential; they cater to different learning styles
action projects offer authentic, relevant, and meaningful opportunities for learning and for taking responsibility. This is motivating for students.
action projects illuminate the trans-disciplinary and deeply interconnected nature of real problems.
action projects that involve being outdoors provide students with opportunities to experience the wonder of nature—which then becomes its own motivator to act.
using the environment as an integrating context for learning has been linked to improved test scores on standardized tests in the United States.
action projects create a natural relationship between the people in the school and the wider community.
action projects model for students and for the wider community what active citizenship looks, sounds, and feels like; this increases the likelihood that participants will engage in future action projects.
the outcomes of action projects can have substantial positive consequences for Earth.
Action projects cultivate skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for active citizenship.