Presentation on theme: "Service Learning Today we will explore:"— Presentation transcript:
1Service Learning Today we will explore: the definition of service learning (the what),why should we use it as a teaching strategy, (the so what?), andhow we can implement it in our classrooms and schools (the now what?)
2Service learning is a particularly fertile way of involving young people in community service, because it ties helping others to what they are learning in the classroom. In the process, it provides a compelling answer to the perennial question: “Why do I need to learn this stuff?” General Colin Powell Founding Chairman of America’s Promise
3The achievement problem we face in this country is not due to a drop in the intelligence or basic intellectual capacity of our children, but to a widespread decline in children’s interest in education and their motivation to achieve in the classroom; it is a problem of attitude and effort, not ability.Laurence Steinberg, Professor of Psychology, Temple University
4The Circle of Courage“The circle is a sacred symbol of life...individual parts within the circle connect with every other; and what happens to one, or what one part does, affects all within the circle."Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve
5The Appeal of Service Learning Service learning accomplishes the following:It reverses student disengagement from schooling by giving students responsibilityIt reinforces and extends the standards-based reform movement by providing a real-life context for learningIt promotes the public purposes of education by preparing students for citizenshipIt builds on the growing willingness of students to become involved in service to their communitiesIt contributes to young people’s personal and career development by increasing their sense of responsibility and workplace skills
7For StudentsStudies show that when service learning is explicitly connected to curriculum, young people make gains on achievement tests, complete their homework more often, and increase their grade point averages.Service learning is associated with both increased attendance and reduced dropout rates.Students who engage in service learning show less alienation and exhibit fewer behavior problems than their peers.
8Students who engage in service learning activities increase their knowledge of community needs, become committed to an ethic of service, and develop a more sophisticated understanding of politics and morality.Students involved in service learning learn about career and communication skills, increase awareness of career possibilities, and develop more positive workplace attitudes than fellow students.
9For Schools As a result of service learning: Teachers and students tend to become more cohesive as a group.Students report feeling more connected to their school.Teachers report having more and deeper conversations about teaching and learning, and how learning best occurs.
10For CommunitiesService learning strengthens the connection between communities and their schools.Studies show that community members who participate as partners in service learning tend to change their perception of young people, viewing them as important resources and contributors.Communities also gain by being the direct recipients of the service.
12Framework for 21st Century Learning Every generation of Americans wants our schools to prepare students for success in work and life. Today, business and education leaders agree that some content is missing from stateand local standards and requirements for most students. Thisnew content represents essential knowledge for the 21st century.
1321st Century ContentSeveral significant, emerging content areas are critical to success in communities and workplaces. These content areas typically are not emphasized in schools today:Global awarenessFinancial, economic, business and entrepreneurial literacyCivic literacyHealth and wellness awareness
14Learning and Thinking Skills As much as students need to learn academic content, they also need to know how to keep learning - and make effective and innovative use of what they know - throughout their lives. Learning and Thinking Skills are comprised of:Critical Thinking and Problem Solving SkillsCommunication SkillsCreativity and Innovation SkillsCollaboration SkillsInformation and Media Literacy SkillsContextual Learning Skills
15Life SkillsGood teachers have always incorporated life skills into their pedagogy. The challenge today is to incorporate these essential skills into schools deliberately, strategically and broadly. Life skills include:LeadershipEthicsAccountabilityAdaptabilityPersonal ProductivityPersonal ResponsibilityPeople SkillsSelf DirectionSocial Responsibility
17Three Types of Service-Learning Projects DirectIndirectAdvocacyWorking directly with the people, places, or things served.Example:The Joy of Reading Program where students read to younger children.Serving people, places or things through fundraising, recruitment, or other donations, however, you do provide direct service.The Cowboy Café Tsunami FundraiserResearching and then reporting through writing, oral presentations, videos, posters, music or drama information to help address a need.The Freedom to Belong puppet show and video
18Critical Elements of Service Learning Community Need/VoiceLearning ObjectivesYouth Voice & PlanningTraining & OrientationActionReflectionEvaluationCelebration & Recognition
19Necessary Steps in Project Planning PreparationDefiningCreating CommunityPlanning/ResearchingActionDecide on a projectPlan the projectImplement the planCelebration/ReflectionAcknowledgeEvaluateNext Steps
20Service Learning “Big” Picture What will be the:Service and learning goalsDirect and indirect advocacyCommunity servedSteps and strategies
21Create a CommunityUse teambuilding and experiential learning activities to promote:Character-based expectationsImportance of team and individual rolesDecision-making and problem-solving skillsReflection and feedback
22Identify and Plan Collect information and investigate: Community needs Available resourcesProject ideasDiscuss problems/issuesDetermine viable solutions
23Come to Consensus Evaluate and rank possible projects and Decide on a projectDraft project goalsServiceLearningReflect on experience
24Gather Information Get to the heart of the situation by: Understanding the problem’s root cause(the what?)Realizing why it is a problem(the so what?)Deciding next steps(the now what?)
25Implement the ProjectCreate and carry out an action plan that has students:Identifying tasks and persons responsibleProvide a timelineRevisit and refine project goalsShowing completed the tasks and outcomesReflect on their experiences
26Completion and Wrap-up Publish, present, perform, produce, or deliver the serviceEvaluate the process and productCelebrate and recognize the experienceReflect on what was doneWhat went wellWhat could have been betterWhat still needs to be done
27What is the evaluation criteria for a service-learning project?
28Is it a real service?Is it meeting a real need? Is it sustained over time?Is it collaborative? Does everyone agree it needs to be done? Does it link students to the community in a meaningful way?Does it meet a community need and not just the need of the classroom?
29Is the learning explicit? Are the students learning why the problem exists and the conditions that surround the service?How is the learning shared? (Learning is never complete unless it is shared).
30Is time sufficient for reflection? Reflection must happen frequently. Students should talk to each other about their feelings.Reflection is student centered whereas knowledge is classroom centered.Students should discover what it means to be an active citizen. Teachers should be engaged to make reflection work well.
31Service Learning Continuum From teacher-lead to student-drivenFrom lecture-based to project-basedFrom classroom simulation to a real-world authentic experienceFrom not connected to relevant to students’ livesFrom serving no “real” purpose to making a difference
32Tips Start small Engage the community Collaborate Stay positive Survey community for needs and wantsFind outside partnersUse their expertiseCollaborateStay positiveScaffold student learning and responsibilityAsk for help when neededHave fun!
33Contact InformationDonna DraschEASTCONN322 Main Street, Building #1Willimantic, CT 06226