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The Value of Building a Service-Learning Environment

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This is a wonderful post about a service-learning experience at an elementary school. I found it inspiring to read. For anyone on the fence about getting service-learning started at their school, read this.

 

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"In lieu of a traditional day of classes, the entire sixth-grade spent the morning participating in sessions related to the service-learning activities they would be participating throughout the year. NYLC staff led several Service-Learning 101 sessions, where community problem-solving was addressed as a core concept of service-learning and students were divided into groups that dug deeper using four steps—Investigate, Plan, Take Action, and Evaluate.

 

When asked, some students talked about their experiences in their neighborhoods witnessing bullying or littering and how they took action, or didn’t. It was encouraging to see their faces light up in response to simply asking for their perspective and giving them a chance to express their youth voice. When we framed the idea of service-learning in this way, their small group discussions took on a life of their own."

 


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Allison Hylton's curator insight, December 4, 2013 4:38 PM

In this blog post, Sam Schultz discusses the value of a service-learning environment in the classroom.  He discusses his introduction to service learning in a college course and how he did not fully understand its true value until he saw it implemented.  The post discusses his recent experience of witnessing a school wide community where service learning had truly flourished.  Based on this experience Schultz delves into the ways in which service learning can truly add value to education.  I think that this blog post would be a good read for those who are skeptic of the idea of service learning in the classroom and what authentic results it may produce.

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Generator School Network – NYLC

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"A Natural Fit: Service- Learning and the Common Core State Standards" A webinar about how new Common Core Standards align with the goals of service learning projects. 

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Service learning helps elementary students see ‘big picture’

Service learning helps elementary students see ‘big picture’ | Building Tomorrow's Leaders: Service Learning Across America | Scoop.it
A new way of teaching that initially started at universities and caught on with high schools is now trickling down to elementary schools, too.

 

Plenty of schools collect cans for food pantries.

 

Others encourage students to volunteer in the community at charities, senior centers or shelters.

 

But some take their goodwill a step further, connecting volunteerism and the classroom under an umbrella called “service learning.”


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News article on the emergence of service learning in middle schools. Talks about service learning as shaping a school's "culture". 

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Sanford Service Learning Program Weblog

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One of the big Science units in sixth grade focuses on Energy. Students at Willard and Carl J. Lamb schools have been learning about types of energy, energy transfers, alternative energy, energy and the environment, etc.

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A Service Learning Coordinator  for the Sanford School Department has his own blog to share the service learning projects students have done at his school. Sounds like this school has a very organized and strategic approach to integrating service learning into their curriculum! 

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Dara Goldberg's curator insight, January 23, 2013 12:24 PM

Sounds like this class is doing a great job turning learning into action!

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Friendship Garden

Collaborative effort between the Building Capacity Consortium, the University of Southern California Schools of Social Work and Education, and Command Media,...
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I like this video because it looks at service learning as a way for students to fit in and cope with a new environment that they may be placed in. It also serves as an outlet for stresses children may be facing at home. This video focuses specifically on the adjustment of students from military families, and a local elementary school's gardening club as an outlet for learning, and a way to relieve stress. 

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Make Service Learning Global

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Service learning goes beyond volunteering or fundraising. It has explicit learning objectives and involves real-world skills and critical analysis. Heather Singmaster examines ways to make service learning projects globally focused.


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Provides and outline for how a teacher should structure and assess a service learning project. Also gives suggestions for followup/reflection activities. I thought that was particularly important because giving students time to think critically about a project they have completed is just as important as completing the project itself. 

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Grants offer youths chance to give back to community

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Every year for the past 10 years, the Youth Neighborhood Association Partnership Program has been offering $1,000 grants for youths to create and implement neighborhood-based service learning projects.
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The Youth Neighborhood Association Partnership Program is currently seeking applications for students seeking funds for service projects in the Las Vegas area. 

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Glendale Elementary School Day Of Service

On Friday, November 16 Glendale Elementary School held their "Day of Service". Each class participated in a community service project.
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Students of all ages and skills levels can participate in service learning activities. This elementary school dedicates a whole day to service learning projects with the goal of creating community awareness among students and their families. 

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Bring Learning to Life

Across America , service-learning is helping students perform better in school while improving their communities through service. By connecting classroom les...
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This video is a great introduction as to what service learning is. It presents it as a teaching strategy that combines academic standards with skills such as critical thinking, teamwork, and communication, and responsible citizenship. The video interviews students, teachers, and administrators (with a focus on high school) and shows real-world examples of service learning projects and the specific academic skills they incorporate. It conveys that service learning sparks a real enthusiasm for learning in students when they are able to take charge of their own learning and it becomes relevant to their lives outside of school. 

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The Truth About Service Learning

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The Problem with Service Learning - The Huffington Post

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This article takes the argument that for service learning to be effective, it needs to have a stronger focus on the importance of good citizenry in students, rather than a exclusively sympathetic view to who students are serving. While sympathy and empathy are important for students to have and understand the meaning of, I think the author makes a good point about the spirit of service learning. Service learning is about being a responsible and accountable citizen and serving others to improve the community. We should lend a helping hand, but not provide unsolicited sympathy. 

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Some thought-provoking ideas on service learning from the principal's office:

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Interesante reflexión

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Generator School Network – NYLC

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"21st Century Skills and Service Learning" A Webinar for elementary school teachers. 

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8 Ways to Engage Your Child in Service Learning | Education.com

8 Ways to Engage Your Child in Service Learning | Education.com | Building Tomorrow's Leaders: Service Learning Across America | Scoop.it

Encourage your child to solve a problem that's important to him with these eight service-learning projects for young children.


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Lists general ways to facilitate service learning in the classroom. It is important for teachers to remember to base the topics of service learning projects on student interests, and use these strategies as suggestions for facilitating and organizing the learning goals. 

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Teaching Social Change: 5 Student Service-Learning Activities

Teaching Social Change: 5 Student Service-Learning Activities | Building Tomorrow's Leaders: Service Learning Across America | Scoop.it
Service-learning activities are an excellent way to take our students’ passion and energy beyond the classroom and into the community.

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These service learning activities are presented more as community service projects, straying from the academic undertone of service learning. However, I think that this article is still valuable as a starting point for teachers looking for service learning projects that might peak their student's interests. It would be up to the teacher to find creative ways of incorporating academic standards into these activities. I see opportunities to incorporate writing, mathematics, and environmental science into the activities listed in this article. However I'm sure the possibilities are endless!

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Dara Goldberg's curator insight, January 18, 2013 10:46 AM

While these are great ideas for service, be careful that when you bring projects to your classroom they meet the principles for service-learning and are fully integrated into your lesson giving students voice & choice in the project. 

 

The author gives examples of how to do this particularly well in the last example!

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Building Empathy Through Service-Learning

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At Prospect Sierra, a leading Ashoka Changemaker School, service-learning is an important part of the curriculum. From the time students enter the school in kindergarten through their graduation in 8th grade, they are participating in meaningful projects that allow them to practice empathy, teamwork, leadership, and problem-solving skills. Third grade teacher Elissa Fisher shares with us her experience of her students' service project at the Center for Early Intervention on Deafness (CEID). 


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Service-Learning: An Innovative Approach to Science After School

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"Service-learning is a hands-on method of learning that helps students connect to their projects in a meaningful way. In service-learning projects, students use their skills and subject matter to complete a project that benefits the community...students participating in STEM service-learning projects do "real" science that benefits the world around them. In service-learning, students' projects often have a real effect on their own neighborhoods and communities, helping them to see the connection between science and their everyday lives."


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This is a great article in that it connects underrepresented fields such as the STEM disciplines, and points out how these fields can be brought more popularity and relevancy to youth through service learning opportunities. Many students find these academic subjects to be a challenge because when taught in the classroom they are so far removed from any relevant context. By applying theories in the STEM disciplines to real life situations, students can see their learnings come to life, peaking their interest in further pursuing these fields. 

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Urban Prep Student Service Learning Project

Students of Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men--Englewood Campus, produce a video to create awareness about the violence in Chicago neighborhoods and t...
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A great example of the product that can come out of service learning. not only are these students critically thinking about the issues that plague their community, but they are getting hands on experience with media tools that will enhance practical computer and technological skills they will need outside of school and in the workforce. 

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Royal Heights Elementary School Recycling Debate - Four States Homepage

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The debate is part of a year-long service learning project and students chose recycling as their challenge for the year.
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A great example of a school-wide service learning project that encourages intellectual debate among 5th grade students on the recycling issues of their community. 

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The Benefits of Service-Learning in Schools and Communities are Explored in an Article from The Prevention Researcher

The Benefits of Service-Learning in Schools and Communities are Explored in an Article from The Prevention Researcher | Building Tomorrow's Leaders: Service Learning Across America | Scoop.it
Service-learning is a strategy in which young people contribute to their community through active learning programs. James Kielsmeier, Ph.D. explores the history, present, and future of service-learning in a free article from The Prevention Researcher, the quarterly journal focused on successful adolescent development.
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A research study that calls for educational policy that will ensure service learning opportunities for youth. A synopsis of the article is provided with a link to the full research study.  

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Upper Arlington Service Learning Project

The Upper Arlington School District hired Outsider to create a video that promoted service-learning projects. "It's More than a Food Drive" communicates key ...
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A good example of a well implemented, multifaceted service learning project. 

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The Belk Service Learning Challenge: Inspiring Students to Give Back

Three groups of middle school students found out it takes just one small idea to make a difference in the world.Follow the journey of these middle school stu...
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This video is about the collaboration between Discovery Learning and Belk to fund service learning for middle schools in three states in the Southern United States. This program seeks to teach students what service learning is, and give students the opportunity to identify the needs of their community and ways to solve the issues. I liked this video because it emphasizes the importance of empowering students by letting them take charge of their own learning and encouraging students to be proactive problem solvers. In this way, learning becomes relevant to students, and they have an unique sense of fulfillment when they see their ideas make a difference. 

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