99 Ways to Give & Receive A Service Learning Primer Global Education Conference 2011 By Sean Thomas Moroney, M.Ed.All Rights licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
99 Ways+ to Give & Receive An Educators’ Guide to Service LearningWhat is Service Learning?Broad Definition:•Learning through “doing” with and for others•Responding through personal action to existingneeds on a local, national or global scale•Contributing to and/or building (a) community byvolunteering time, work, money or resources•Planning, applying, reflecting and recordingexperience and results
99 Ways+ to Give & Receive An Educators’ Guide to Service LearningSome common examples:•Students learn as a class about a need or cause then raisefunds for support or relief•Students study and identify an existing need -(usuallylocally) and then develop a plan together to respond withactionStudents subscribe to teacher/school organized plan orproject and respond with service action, performance e.g,school trip to work in an area of need•Students create individualized plans to perform servicework volunteering their time and talent e.g., IB CAS orsimilar
99 Ways+ to Give & Receive An Educators’ Guide to Service LearningSome outcomes, benefits to Learning Communities•Students can participatein experiential learning•Develop and apply new skills in real time in the “real world”•May grow critical thinking and problem solving ability•Understand the relevance of learning, education•Be able to meet and work with people from differentbackgrounds•Can make a difference in the community by sharing their skillsand talents•Consider options for career
99 Ways+ to Give & Receive An Educators’ Guide to Service LearningRoles -Teachers:Create service course or project rationale, learningobjectives, from or aligned with school curriculum framework ordocumentsIdentify, Articulate learning objectives, outcomesDevelop and provide learning assessment tools portfoliosmaterials, rubrics etc.Promote resources which record reflection and coherency fromservice experiences e.g. photo/videography, blogs.Network and share opportunities to join service with others intheir learning and greater community
99 Ways+ to Give & Receive An Educators’ Guide to Service LearningThings that work:•Consistent, communication, discourse•Assigning coordinators to manage service projects•Relationships with community and/or otherorganizations must be characterized by clearcommunication, openness and trust.•Shared risk and benefits betweencommunities, organization•Planning and problem solving decision making•Assessment, evaluation needs to be created for allstakeholders: feedback, teachers, students andrelated organizations•Project, course, tracking, assessment, and follow-up.
99 Ways+ to Give & Receive An Educators’ Guide to Service LearningSymbiosis:Workingcommunity service-learning programs are built on relationships which offer reciprocal benefits to all communitystakeholders students, teachers, parents, recipients/partner organizations•Effective service learning programs are a model ofsymbiotic relationships between the learning and theservice taking place
99 Ways+ to Give & Receive An Educators’ Guide to Service LearningIs Your School Ready& Able to support a Learning Service program?How much are students currently engaged in school based service project,including extra curricular programs?How much does the school integrate service, give credit for documentedservice experiences, or require that students perform service?How available is an assigned teacher or coordinator to organize the program,meet with students and agency representatives?How supportive of service and experiential learning are the principal andother administrators?How flexible is the schedule to allow students to be in the community as partof their education experience?How much are learning outcomes that include citizenship, communityinvolvement, respect for diversity, and social responsibility seen as part of theschool’s mission?
Sources & ResourcesInternational Society for Technology Educationhttp://www.iste.org/World IB Organizationhttp://www.ibo.org/Shifting to 21st Century Thinking in Schoolshttp://www.shiftingthinking.org/Educational Collaborators 1:1 Readiness Surveyhttp://is.gd/19RC2121st Century Skillshttp://www.21stcenturyskillsbook.com/
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