The Strawberry Point School
Service Learning Primer
TABLE OF CONTENTS
by David Elkind and Diana Flasher
Service learning is a form of project based learning
in which academic goals are accomplished through community service. Service
learning develops citizenship and good character, and provides a rich
context for academic instruction and student learning.
This year Strawberry Point School is initiating a
service learning program at all grade levels. We'd like every teacher
to take on at least one service learning project during the year.
In a properly implemented service learning program
the role of the teacher is more supportive and supervisory than directive.
The teacher helps the students select an appropriate project, integrates
the project into the curriculum, and guides the students through the necessary
steps to completion. The teacher assures that activities are structured
in ways that promote learning, monitors student activities, and facilitates
students' reflection and analysis of their experiences. However, all adult
functions should be performed in a manner that is appropriate for the
age of the children, and should, as much as possible, encourage student
autonomy and creativity.
The role of the Service Learning Committee is to help the teachers get started, monitor progress and provide support during the project, assist with any needed community outreach, help document the students activities, and plan an end-of-the-year presentation to the parents.
Some activities, such as student mentoring or peer tutoring, can take place within your own school building. Others require getting the kids out into the larger community. Some may be one-time activities, while others occupy the whole school year or longer.
Included at the end of this primer are a number of examples of successful service learning projects for all age levels.
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