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Service Learning
A Guide to Planning, Implementing, and Assessing Student Projects

Second Edition


May 2006 | 232 pages | Corwin
'There is no better way to improve student attitudes and outcomes than to blend both meaningful community and global service with improved academic achievement. Sally Berman invites her readers to do just that' - Bob Koehs, Service Learning Coordinator, Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Service Agency

'This book is full of practical tips for the classroom teacher, including strategies for assessing student learning' - Jeanine Yard, Learn and Serve Program Officer, Michigan Community Service Commission

Service Learning: A Guide to Planning, Implementing, and Assessing Student Projects presents an instructional strategy that invites students to learn content information, processes, and skills while performing and reflecting on authentic community service. The book features nine service-learning projects and includes step-by-step instructions for selecting a project's focus, managing its various phases, and assessing student performance and learning. The projects range in complexity from basic to advanced, and are adaptable to different grade levels and content areas.

New to the second edition are:

o References to current research about the benefits of service learning

o Examples of successful projects

o Teacher and student voices from the field

o Strategies for overcoming potential challenges

o Tips for tapping into multiple intelligences when implementing projects

Each chapter emphasizes giving students a voice in all aspects of a service-learning project, aligning service and curricular goals, and incorporating reflection to facilitate permanent learning. In this one resource, teachers will find all of the elements needed to successfully complete service-learning projects with their students.

 
Sidebar Directory
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
 
1. The Fundamentals of Service Learning as a Curriculum Model
 
Part I. Basic Service Learning Projects
 
2. Clean Streets, Green Streets: A Social Studies and Science Service Learning Project
 
3. The Lending Locker: A Health and Physical Education Service Learning Project
 
4. The Hygiene Tree: A Consumer Education and Health Service Learning Project
 
Part II. Intermediate Service Learning Projects
 
5. Reading Pals: A Language Arts and Life Skills Service Learning Project
 
6. The Soup Troop: A Health and Family Education Service Learning Project
 
7. Computer Tutors: An Instructional Technology and Language Arts Service Learning Project
 
Part III. Advanced Service Learning Projects
 
8. Voice of the People: A Social Studies and Library Technology Service Learning Project
 
9. Community Vision: A Visual Arts and Library Technology Service Learning Project
 
10. Main Street Gardens: A Science and Visual Arts Service Learning Project
 
Reproducible Masters
 
Bibliography
 
Index

"This book is full of practical tips for the classroom teacher, including strategies for assessing student learning. In my work with teachers, they often ask for a checklist for planning service-learning projects. This book offers tips on some of the most critical aspects of project planning. Particularly useful are the sections in each chapter titled Assessing Risks and Tapping Into Multiple Intelligences."

Jeanine Yard, Learn and Serve - Michigan Program Officer
Michigan Community Service Commission

"There is no better way to improve student attitudes and outcomes than to blend both meaningful community and global service with improved academic achievement. Sally Berman invites her readers to do just that."

Bob Koehs, Service Learning Coordinator
Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Service Agency, MI

"Berman's book on service learning is an excellent how-to manual for creating structured, well-managed service learning projects for elementary through college-level students. The introduction and first chapter describe the principles of service learning while the remaining chapters present nine service learning projects that teachers can implement as is or adapt as needed. A must-have resource."

Education Review, January 2007

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Introduction

Chapter 1


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