Helping teachers define, design, and do service learning projects

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The goals of my presentation are to have participants: 1) develop a better understanding of what a Service Learning Project can look like in the context of schooling (elementary to college level), 2) understand the different components of a Service Learning Project, and 3) take home a draft of a Service Learning Project that can be implemented by the participant.
2010 Arizona Summit on Volunteerism and Service-Learning
http://www.azsummit.org/?p=302

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Helping teachers define, design, and do service learning projects

  1. 1. Helping Teachers Define, Design, and Do Service Learning Projects Dennis Rosemartin University of Arizona December 3, 2010
  2. 2. Goals for presentation 1) Develop a better understanding of what a Service Learning Project can look like in the context of schooling (elementary to college level) 2) Understand the different components of a Service Learning Project 3) Take home a draft of a Service Learning Project
  3. 3. Objectives Introductions Define Service Learning Look at examples of Service Learning projects Design and develop a Service Learning project Do a Service Learning Project (in your community)
  4. 4. Introductions Name, Institution, and experience with Service Learning
  5. 5. February 24, 2010 Tulane Students Embrace Service Learning By Jeff Greer Hurricane Katrina blasted the city of New Orleans. Tulane University shut down for a semester; by the time it reconvened, it had lost plenty of students. But the students who did return—and the new students arriving on campus—found a university committed to public service, a school clamoring for its students to get involved in rebuilding the city.  Published: January 20, 2009 Speech Puts a New Frame on Obama’s Call to Serve By Michiko Kakutani “ find meaning in something greater than themselves” and to boldly enter a “new era of responsibility.” 24 February 2008 Issue: 0017 US: Service learning expanding rapidly Anne Langworthy* For a variety of reasons, service learning in America has grown rapidly to suit different purposes: as a means of engaging students with communities, promoting civic and social responsibility, and enhancing student learning of academic content.
  6. 6. How do you define service learning? (what do we think are key elements of Service Learning) “the elevator speech” (one sentence)
  7. 7. What do the experts say? <ul><li>Promotes learning through active participation in service experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Provides structured time for students to reflect by thinking, discussing and/or writing about their service experience </li></ul><ul><li>Provides an opportunity for students to use skills and knowledge in real-life situations </li></ul><ul><li>Extends learning beyond the classroom and into the community </li></ul><ul><li>Fosters a sense of caring for others </li></ul>(adapted from the National and Community Service Act of 1990)
  8. 8. Definitions: Service-learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. (National Service Learning Clearinghouse) Service learning is learning about an issue in the community by active and reflective practice, which leads to a better understanding and possibly a solution of the issue. (Rosemartin)
  9. 9. Service Learning Projects Recycling Club Davidson Elementary School 2007 Humane Borders Trail Clean-up University of Arizona 2009 Community Food Bank University of Arizona 2010
  10. 10. Students 4 th – 5 th graders Issue trash in landfills and in washes Partner organizations Watershed Management Group Peace Corps Fellows Activity school recycling program wash clean-up Response “I’m saving the world” “Can we do this every Saturday?” Recycling Club Davidson Elementary School
  11. 11. Students University Juniors - Seniors Issue marginalized group in schools Partner organizations Humane Borders Peace Corps Fellows Activity migrant trail clean-up Responses “I had no idea.” Humane Borders Trail Clean-up University of Arizona
  12. 12. Students University Juniors - Seniors Issue school children living in poverty Partner organization Community Food Bank Activity pack emergency food boxes Responses “I told another organization about the opportunity to help.” Community Food Bank University of Arizona
  13. 13. Components of a Service Learning Project (RMC Research Corporation)
  14. 14. Designing a Service Learning Project
  15. 15. Key points to take home Service Learning connects what is being learned in the classroom to the community outside of the classroom through participation in a project that addresses the needs of the community. It is important to include all the components of Service Learning into the project. Developing and implementing a Service Learning Project requires good planning and management.

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