Do your best to stay aware of the things your students are doing as service projects or at school. Find out about the things they are doing right, and ask them to share their experiences during class. Be specific with your instructions, and be prepared to ask the students questions to help them with their presentation.
EXAMPLE: When teaching Lamentations, I invited a student who writes poetry to bring in one of her poems. I told her that we would be studying how poetry can be used to express strong emotions and is a release in times of trial. She brought in two fantastic poems.
"Perhaps the only thing better than getting teachers to testify is getting students to testify." (Becoming a Great Gospel Teacher, Eaton and Beecher, p 22)