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1 Service Learning in the Middle Tina Bardwell, 7 th grade Science Marky Schmidt, 6 th grade Math Marty Wicks, 6 th grade Science Genoa Middle School, Westerville, Ohio Diane Ross, Associate Professor, Middle School Otterbein College

2 Service-learning is not: Service-learning is not: An episodic volunteer programAn episodic volunteer program An add-on to an existing school or college curriculumAn add-on to an existing school or college curriculum Logging a set number of community service hours in order to graduateLogging a set number of community service hours in order to graduate Compensatory service assigned as a form of punishment by the courts or by school administratorsCompensatory service assigned as a form of punishment by the courts or by school administrators Only for high school or college studentsOnly for high school or college students One-sided: benefiting only students or only the communityOne-sided: benefiting only students or only the community

3 Service Learning is Integrating meaningful community service with instructionIntegrating meaningful community service with instruction –Promoting learning through active participation in service experiences –Is reciprocal in nature, benefiting both the community and the service providers by combining a service experience with a learning experience Example: Cakes for CancerExample: Cakes for Cancer

4 ….and reflection….and reflection –Example: Environmental awareness

5 Service Learning is Enriching the learning experienceEnriching the learning experience –Providing structured time for students to reflect by thinking, discussing and/or writing about their service experience –Providing an opportunity for students to use skills and knowledge in real-life situations Example: Big BooksExample: Big Books –Linking to academic content and standards Science in a BoxScience in a Box

6 Service Learning is.. Teaching civic responsibilityTeaching civic responsibility –Fostering a sense of caring for others –Involving young people in helping to determine and to meet real, defined community needs Examples: Bullying and TransitionExamples: Bullying and Transition

7 Service Learning is… Strengthening communitiesStrengthening communities –Extending learning beyond the classroom and into the community Example: Environmental AwarenessExample: Environmental Awareness

8 Otterbein College/ Westerville Middle School Collaboration Service Learning in the Middle: An Instructional Strategy that Matches the Characteristics of Middle Level LearnersService Learning in the Middle: An Instructional Strategy that Matches the Characteristics of Middle Level Learners EDUC 691/391EDUC 691/391 Fall Spring 2006Fall Spring 2006 Dr. Diane Ross, ProfessorDr. Diane Ross, Professor 3- graduate hours per quarter3- graduate hours per quarter Want to explore how to use service learning in your classroom?Want to explore how to use service learning in your classroom? Want to work with a pre-service/ in-service middle school educator from Otterbein College?Want to work with a pre-service/ in-service middle school educator from Otterbein College? Want to see your students combine their volunteer spirit with curriculum in the classroom?Want to see your students combine their volunteer spirit with curriculum in the classroom? This opportunity will provide you the opportunity to work with an Otterbein College student for a year to develop a service-learning project in your class.This opportunity will provide you the opportunity to work with an Otterbein College student for a year to develop a service-learning project in your class. Sign up for this course……Sign up for this course…… Tuesday night seminar 6:00-8:00 PMTuesday night seminar 6:00-8:00 PM For more information call Diane Ross at or at more information call Diane Ross at or at

9 Curriculum

10 Activity: Standards/ Integration/

11 Curriculum Service Learning Subject Student Society Self

12 Young Adolescents

13 All adolescents are curious, seeking, and wondering about both themselves and the world around them.curious, seeking, and wondering about both themselves and the world around them. They are consumed with questions such as Who am I?, Where am I going?, and What’s it all about?They are consumed with questions such as Who am I?, Where am I going?, and What’s it all about? Conrad and Hedin (1991b) have found that the power of service comes from placing these young people in a context in which their learning is real, having consequences for both themselves and for others.Conrad and Hedin (1991b) have found that the power of service comes from placing these young people in a context in which their learning is real, having consequences for both themselves and for others.

14 Service learning is important for middle level students Need to be involved in learning something relevant to themselves, something in which they are interested (Terry, 2000b)Need to be involved in learning something relevant to themselves, something in which they are interested (Terry, 2000b) Equipped with skills to become more responsive and effective citizensEquipped with skills to become more responsive and effective citizens Skills that help them to become more confident and compassionate human beings. “By having a passion for their community, students develop com-passion themselves” (Terry & Bohnenberger, 1995, p.Skills that help them to become more confident and compassionate human beings. “By having a passion for their community, students develop com-passion themselves” (Terry & Bohnenberger, 1995, p.

15 Goals Promote service learning in other schools in a more systemic wayPromote service learning in other schools in a more systemic way Create stronger partnerships with Otterbein College studentsCreate stronger partnerships with Otterbein College students Write a grant that would allow for a part- time middle school service learning coordinator and liaison with Otterbein College campus.Write a grant that would allow for a part- time middle school service learning coordinator and liaison with Otterbein College campus.

16 Web sites The John Glenn InstituteThe John Glenn InstituteThe John Glenn InstituteThe John Glenn Institute The John Glenn Institute/ ResourcesThe John Glenn Institute/ ResourcesThe John Glenn Institute/ ResourcesThe John Glenn Institute/ Resources The National Commission on Service LearningThe National Commission on Service LearningThe National Commission on Service LearningThe National Commission on Service Learning Students in Service to AmericaStudents in Service to AmericaStudents in Service to AmericaStudents in Service to America Character Development/ Service LearningCharacter Development/ Service LearningCharacter Development/ Service LearningCharacter Development/ Service Learning Community Based Service- LearningCommunity Based Service- LearningCommunity Based Service- LearningCommunity Based Service- Learning National Service Learning ClearinghouseNational Service Learning ClearinghouseNational Service Learning ClearinghouseNational Service Learning Clearinghouse Service-Learning as an Integrated Experience in Middle School Education:Service-Learning as an Integrated Experience in Middle School Education:Service-Learning as an Integrated Experience in Middle School Education:Service-Learning as an Integrated Experience in Middle School Education:

17 The Cesar Chavez FoundationThe Cesar Chavez Foundation toolkit to assist in exciting work of planning and organizing a Chavez service learning march and/or project toolkit to assist in exciting work of planning and organizing a Chavez service learning march and/or project The Corporation for National and Community Service Strategic plan for The Corporation for National and Community Service Strategic plan for – - 4 focus areas – 1) Mobilizing volunteers – 2) Ensuring a Brighter future for all of Americas Youth – 3) Engaging students in communities – 4) Harnessing Baby Boomers' experience Service Learning for Youth Empowerment and Social Change Vol.#5 Jeff Claus (editor) and Curtis Ogden (editor)Service Learning for Youth Empowerment and Social Change Vol.#5 Jeff Claus (editor) and Curtis Ogden (editor)

18 Improving Service - Learning Practice: Research on Models to Enhance Impacts - 5th bookImproving Service - Learning Practice: Research on Models to Enhance Impacts - 5th book Building Partnerships for Service- Learning by Barbara JacobyBuilding Partnerships for Service- Learning by Barbara Jacoby Young People in Action by Dorothy WeissYoung People in Action by Dorothy Weiss Living Leading and The American Dream by Bill MoyersLiving Leading and The American Dream by Bill Moyers

19 According to former United States Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley (1995), In the United States, we have a pressing need to reconnect our families with their schools, and our schools with their communities. We must reinvent a sense of community if we want our schools to achieve their full potential, bringing together adults, children, teachers, and other members of the community in an effort to improve student learning, responsibility, and citizenship. (Kinsley & McPherson, 1995, p. viii)


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