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The hows and whys of service learning in pre service teacher education c oursework

The Hows and Whys of Service Learning in Pre-service Teacher Education Coursework

Dr. Susan M. Schultz

Dr. Susan Hildenbrand

October 18, 2012


Definition of service learning
Definition of Service-Learning

Service-learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich students’ learning, meet community needs, and strengthen communities.


Criteria for

Community-Based Service-Learning

Minimum # of Hours: 15; Average # of Hours: 20

Optional or Required

Capacity-Building or Client Support

Meaningful Service: Service meets real community needs and is sustainable over multiple semesters. It acknowledges the wisdom and skills of our community partners.

Student Learning: Service work meets course goals. It increases the meaningfulness of course material and enhances students’ learning.

Reflection: Assignments link course content with service. Reflection results in learning from service.


Service learning
Service Learning

Forms

  • Service learning agreement form

    • Photo release

    • Permission to use student work

  • Holy Childhood volunteer agreement form

  • Confidentiality form

  • IEP confidentiality form

  • Pre and post


Reading pen pals

Reading Pen Pals

Service Learning Project

St. John Fisher College

Ralph C. Wilson School of Education

EDUC 229 Language Acquisition and Literacy Development


Grade 5
Grade 5

  • Rochester City School District

    School # 25

    23 students

    (boys or girls? Aliawiyah, Shakur, Ascille…)

    A View from The Cherry Tree

    Willow Davis Roberts




Grade 1
Grade 1

  • School # 25

    21 students*

    More Than Anything Else, Mary Bradby

  • School # 39

    17 students*

    Pete the Cat, Erik Litwin

    *give or take a few.


Some bilingual families
Some bilingual families






Introductory letter
Introductory Letter

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are teacher candidates at St. John Fisher College enrolled in a Language Acquisition and Literacy Development class. As part of our curriculum we are working with your children through Ms. Laz’s class. Your child will be assigned a reading pen pal from our class; we will be creating fun activities for your children to participate at home and in school with Ms. Laz.

For our activities we will be using the children’s book Pete the Cat, by Eric Litwin, which will be provided to each student. We look forward to working with your children, and thank you in advance!

Sincerely,

The Teacher Candidates from EDUC 229
















Family projects

Family Projects

Service Learning Project

St. John Fisher College

Ralph C. Wilson School of Education

EDUC 440 Collaboration for Inclusion


Partnership with the advocacy center
Partnership with the Advocacy Center

  • Each teacher candidate team is paired with a family with a student with a disability.

  • The teacher candidates review the IEP and interview the family for a project focus.

  • The families present to the whole class their family story (“Presenters with a New Attitude”).

  • The teacher candidates and the family collaborate throughout the semester to research and create a project that is helpful to the family.

  • The teams present their final project to the family and their classmates.






Obstacles and resolution
Obstacles and Resolution

  • Enrollment fluctuations at elementary schools

  • Bilingual families

  • Service Learning hours/ Field Placement hours

  • Transportation

  • Scheduling common time that works for all constituents.

  • Time to meet in groups and with the families

  • Grants (college visit, books, materials…)

  • Institutional support helps

  • Optional components


Student impact surveys enhanced classroom studies
Student Impact SurveysEnhanced Classroom Studies

  • Ilearned a lot about African American language through writing to the student and receiving letters back,

  • Seeing the students’ handwriting and how they develop their ideas helped me gain understanding of language development.

  • Being able to see the methods and conditions we have learned about first hand, really helps put things into perspective.

  • Learned about supports for students with disabilities.

  • I have learned that collaboration with families can strongly help student’s learning.

  • Actually doing what we were learning was very beneficial.

  • Learned to work with different teammates of many different time schedules and personalities.

  • 96% all service learning across college agreed or strongly agreed that service learning enhanced classroom studies


Student impact surveys civic engagement
Student Impact SurveysCivic Engagement

  • It helped me to better understand the economical, cultural, and language diversity present in schools.

  • I always wanted to help but was not sure how or where. Now becoming a teacher is more than a job, but a service that I owe to my community.

  • Was able to see students from different backgrounds and economic status. This showed me how teachers can help accommodate all needs and make a great classroom environment.

  • I understand the need for everyone to be included.

  • Presenting to the families and being of service to them was helpful.

  • I am more aware of the types of difficulties some students may have.

  • Helping a long list of people with our information.

  • Team building with the family through interview.

  • 89% all service learning across college agreed or strongly agreed that service learning increased their civic engagement


Student impact surveys professional skills and interpersonal competencies
Student Impact SurveysProfessional Skills and Interpersonal Competencies

  • I was taught that working as a team member with other teachers helps the students learn in different ways that maybe helps different learners.

  • This helped with my understanding of the daily life of a teacher and helped me connect with them on a professional level.

  • Working with my group helped me with splitting up the work and relying on others to get the job done.

  • I had to think creatively in how to create supports for a student that has a disability.

  • Responsibility and cooperation allowed me to work well with my group.

  • I became more confident in presenting.

  • I gained more courage working with people.

  • 94% all service learning across college agreed or strongly agreed that service learning improved their professional skills


St john fisher college service learning website
St. John Fisher CollegeService Learning Website

http://www.sjfc.edu/academics/servicelearning/

Sue Schultz

[email protected]

Sue Hildenbrand

[email protected]


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