Amanda Whittemore firstname.lastname@example.org November 28, 2010 EEX 3241 Service-Learning in a Deaf classroom
231 Rinehart Road Lake Mary, Florida 32746 (407) 871-8150 “The Crystal Lake Elementary community will uphold an enthusiastic learning community where teachers and students are dedicated and motivated to work beyond what they believe can be achieved.”
Mrs. Bocceciamp’s classroom 10 students (grades ranging from 3rd-5th ) The students are considered to have disabilities based on the I.D.E.A All students have varying levels of deafness (Profound, Moderate, Hard-of-Hearing) Students ethnic/linguistic backgrounds: Spanish, English
Engagement Activities I went to the classroom once a week for a few hours each time. I went a total of 6 days. The main service-learning activities that I was involved with was tutoring/mentoring in the following areas: Math Reading
Math Tutoring I worked one-on-one with the students and also in small groups. Helped students with math worksheets ESE strategy for multiplication: using pictures For example: 3x2=6 ESE strategy for adding/subtracting: using blocks For example: 2+1=3 = X = +
Reading/Spelling Tutoring In addition to tutoring in math, I also helped the students with reading and spelling. Worked with small groups reading stories ESE strategies: reading aloud, going over definitions of unfamiliar words, using sign language
Service in Action Unfortunately I was not able to take pictures of my service-learning because of the classroom rules. In order to take pictures with the students I would have to contact all the parents and go through lots of permission forms.
Perceptions of Differences Initial thoughts Thoughts now Most impactful experiences
Connections to Your Course I completed the Community Connections service-learning project for EEX 3241. All of these connections I made while in the classroom will help me in my future classroom. Reciprocal Teaching (RT) (Ch 6;pg 174; 4th edition) Teach students to self-evaluate (Ch 4; pg 126; 4th edition) Independent Practice (Ch 4; pg 124; 4th edition)
Civic Engagement I have always been an advocate for civic engagement and volunteerism. I feel that it is our duty as citizens to help those in need. I would most definitely encourage other students and teachers to participate in service-learning. It is a wonderful experience.
Final Thoughts I think that service-learning is a wonderful experience. I for one had a fantastic time helping the students in the Deaf classroom I volunteered in. It motivated me to become more involved in many different volunteering opportunities. I will recruit all my friends and family as well