On the other hand, many students are crossing the bridge into the most exciting territory of the project which is developing their final proposals to help the organizations. This is when the authenticity of the project leads to high engagement and memorable learning. Students are developing sample pod-casts for their proposed public service radio announcements, contacting corporations for their proposed corporate connections programs, and brainstorming web for their proposed revamped websites. All of these ideas require collaboration and extension into the community. Team community contact members are on the phone with organizations, sending emails, and debriefing with me.
All of this is fueled by consistent mini-lessons on the issue of poverty. Today we explored the question, "Why are people poor?" A very interesting conversation followed.