The Activist Learner : Inquiry, Literacy, and Service to Make Learning Matter, by professors Jeffrey D. Wilhelm, Whitney Douglas, and Sara W. Fry, is this week’s #NewBookoftheWeek.
You can find a copy of The Activist Learner on the “New Book Shelf” in Waterfield Library.
This dynamic book explores a variety of ways teachers can integrate service learning to enliven their classroom, meet the unique developmental needs of their students, and satisfy the next generation of standards and assessments. The authors demonstrate how inquiry-based teaching with service learning outcomes cultivates, requires, and rewards literacy, as well as important skills like perspective taking and compassion. Through the pursuit of service learning projects, students develop and apply literacy and disciplinary knowledge, experience real-world implications, and learn to think in more connected ways. At the same time, students acquire literacies essential for creating a culture of civic engagement and for mastering the Common Core.
A powerful blend of practical, theoretical, and inspirational, The Activ(ist) Learner:
- Provides examples that combine inquiry and service learning to help students develop and apply literacy and disciplinary knowledge.
- Helps teachers move from informational teaching to sociocultural apprenticeship teaching.
- Describes a way of teaching that develops students’ intrapersonal and interpersonal skills.
- Includes templates for conducting inquiry units and charts with CCSS connections.