Applying the guidance-oriented approach to learning can involve hands-on projects that students love (but require time to plan and carry out.) Or it can be as simple as telling students, “Do you realize that plumbers (or vets or airline pilots . . . ) couldn’t do their jobs if they didn’t know what we just learned?”
Ask yourself these five questions
If you can answer “yes” to the following questions, GOAL isn’t just high on your radar—it’s in your classroom.
- Do I give my students examples of how concepts studied in class can be used in actual occupations or everyday living?
- Do I help my students reflect on what an area of study is teaching them about their own interests, abilities, likes and dislikes?
- Do I look for people, places and activities in the school/community that can add real-life context to classroom learning?
- Do I give parents suggestions for helping their children apply in-class learning to everyday situations at home?
- Do I discuss ways to make classroom learning more relevant with GOAL consultants, guidance counsellors, librarians and other colleagues?