Connections-based learning is an approach to teaching and learning that focuses on building relationships and partnerships between students, teachers, families, experts, and organizations. By leveraging digital technologies, students learn to question, connect, collaborate and cultivate partnerships that will empower them to be leaders in their own learning and become contributing global citizens.
Resources and Research Supporting Connections-Based Learning:
Community partners can be an important resource in students’ language development. They can provide support for students with literacy needs, both in the classroom and as living models of how the curriculum relates to life beyond school. Such modelling and mentoring can enrich not only the educational experience of students but also the life of the community. Schools and school boards can play a role by coordinating efforts with community partners. They can involve community volunteers in supporting language instruction and in promoting a focus on literacy in and outside the school. Community partners can be included in literacy events held in the school, and school boards can collaborate with leaders of existing community-based literacy programs for youth, including programs offered in public libraries and community centres.