Encourage students to try to solve real world problems. So often in education we focus problem-solving on "made up" or already-solved situations, when funneling that energy into real world issues that could make a difference in their lives is not only motivating to students, but also a great benefit to your school and community. Let students discuss the issues -- pros and cons - while teaching them real brainstorming. Then have them list all the ways they might solve the problem, discuss the pros and cons of each possible solution, determine the best solution, and take the necessary steps to implement it. If at all possible, give students the opportunity to try out their solution themselves. You never know what they might accomplish!
Find ideas for service learning projects and activities in this Service Learning Strategy of the Week.
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