The Nuts and Bolts of
Service-Learning
SCHOOLS + AGENCIES =
SERVICE-LEARNING
March 10, 2006
What is Service Learning?
A teaching strategy that integrates meaningful
service to the community into the classroom
curriculum. This experiential method gets
students out of the classroom and into the
school community and into the community at
large, where they learn to use their academic
knowledge to address real needs.
Through Service-Learning community
organizations can become part of the “village”
that educates our youth.
How is service-learning different
from community service?
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SERVICE LEARNING
 Focus - Learning from
experience
 Academics -Teaching of
content
 Emphasis – Service
 Participants – Class/team
building
 Reflection – Time to
interpret the experience
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COMMUNITY SERVICE
Focus – Getting the job
done
Academics – No
emphasis
Emphasis – Hours
Participants – Individuals
Reflection – No time to
reflect
Communities
 Youth
as active citizens
 Establish partnerships with schools
 Unmet needs are addressed and problems
solved
 Access school resources
 Diversify your volunteer base
 Receive help in reaching agency goals
 New energy and commitment for the
community and the common good
 Youth as resources in the community
Agencies
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New partners in fulfilling the mission of your
organization
Real service accomplished by enthusiastic and
creative volunteers
New ideas, energy & enthusiasm
Positive visibility in the school and community
A new, committed generation of volunteers
Strong partnerships with local schools
Educating students
Opportunities for new resources
Environment Across the Curriculum
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English/Language Arts - Writing a story about a
natural local setting and sharing that story with
younger students.
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Social Studies/History – Research government
policies about an local environmentally sensitive
area and share your findings with local legislators.
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Languages – Find out the words for “recycle,
reuse,” and “Conserve” in many languages and
create a poster to remind others to recycle.
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Theater, Music & Visual Arts- Create raps or jingles
to promote clean schools and playgrounds
Environment Across the Curriculum
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Math- Review school water or electric bills and develop
a conservation program to reduce costs
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Physical Education – Study the effects of pollution on
the lungs and overall health and create a way to share
that with others.
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Computer- Find out what happens to discarded
computers in your community and research options for
re-use that can be shared with your community.
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Science - Compare the effects of compost and
recycling with landfills and incinerated waste and create
a successful waste reduction program for your school.
Seven Elements of High Quality
Service Learning
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Integrated Learning – Life skills learned
outside the classroom are integrated back
into classroom learning.
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High Quality Service - Responds to an
actual community need
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Collaboration – Partners benefit from the
project
Seven Elements of High Quality
Service Learning
4. Student Voice – Take on roles/tasks that are
age appropriate.
5. Civic Responsibility – Students learn how
they can impact their community
6. Reflection – Establishes connections
between service experience and the
academic curriculum
7. Evaluation – Measures progress toward
learning and service
The Learning Pyramid
National Training Laboratories - Bethel, ME
Things to think about when
planning
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Explore ways youth service can help meet your
agencies mission.
Identify things you would like to have done that you do
not have time or staff to complete.
Look at items on your “to do” list that never seem to
get off your list.
Think about how your project can enhance classroom
learning by providing hands on experience.
Identify what students can learn from your
organization.
Provide some time for students and staff to reflect on
what they have learned and what they have
accomplished.
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