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Service Learning Primer

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

How Do You Do It?

Preparation

Action

Reflection

Reflection Questions

Reflection Activities

Some Advice

Project Planning Sheet

Project Examples

 

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SOME FRIENDLY ADVICE

Experienced service-learning organizers suggest the following:

   • Start small: Even a weeklong, very focused project can benefit all involved.

   • Let the students be the leaders: Don’t carry a load that your students should be carrying; remember that part of the goal is for them to take responsibility. The more responsibility the students take, the better.

   • Be flexible: Working with community organizations means being mindful of their schedules and of the changes they experience.

   • Closely tie the project to your curriculum: You may be able to substitute or cut back on part of your instruction if the service-learning project adequately helps students to understand the same material.

(thanks to teachervision.com for these suggestions)

On the next page you'll find a project planning sheet. Very useful.

                    

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