The Case for Service Learning. Facts about student engagement in school in the U.S. (Steinberg, 1996). Over one third of students do not take school seriously and get through the day by fooling around with classmates Half said their classes were boring
The Case for Service Learning
Ames (1992), Strong, et al. (1995) and Anderman & Midgley, (1998) show that teachers who are most successful in engaging students develop activities that address intellectual and psychological needs, including work that:
meaningful service to the community
with classroom instruction
To engage students, Service Learning must be done well!
Research shows repeatedly that without high quality, there is limited benefit to students.
How does service learning connect to the common core standards?
Examining the connection to English Language Arts &
Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects
What is embedded in the common core literacy standards that makes service learning a good vehicle for reaching them?
The heart of the standards:
Make sure students are college and career ready by the end of high school
The New ELA Core Standards recognize
that teachers in other content areas must have a role in helping students develop literacy skills.
The reality: students are not ready to encounter the complex informational text required in college or the workplace.
The new common core standards have a special emphasis on informational text and inter-disciplinary literacy.
skills for common core
Is Service Learning
..to take us to
…being ready for
the real world