Do you think that what you learn should serve a real purpose and make a difference? How would you like to combine your learning with service that meets real community need and provides you with opportunities to contribute? Would you like to make a difference in your school, your community, your state, your country and our world? This course will immerse you in the ideas and practice of Service-Learning (SL) also known as Community Service-Learning (CSL).
Service-learning can be connected to all academic subjects as well as part of after-school activities too! You will discover the types and degrees of Service-Learning that exist in schools and colleges across the country. We will begin and end with an Essential Question: How can student learning serve society? Starting with understanding of community and your many communities, you will explore the concept of service and the distinction between community service and Service-Learning. Service-learning has many parts that include student inquiry, brainstorming, learning, serving, reflecting, celebrating and assessing. Opportunities for exploring different types of Service-Learning from civic activism, to environmental, intergenerational, human needs, public safety and student mentoring will be part of your experience in this course. Best of all, you will design and carry out your own Service-Learning project either individually or with another student in the course.
Service-Learning gives you opportunities to exercise your citizenship and contribute to the common good. Learning, serving and civic engagement all rolled up in one course await you and your ideas in this unique course!
*This course may be appropriate for Gifted and Talented middle school students that meet all course prerequisites.*