Magical Service-Learning Projects in Your Classroom
- Planning involves designing the project and setting measureable goals.
- Learners brainstorm possible steps and use problem solving and effective communication to come to consensus on steps and shared responsibilities.
- This is the stage for establishing connections with partners.
- While planning, ask the following questions:
- What will we accomplish?
- Who will we work with?
- What training, skills, or sensitivity are required for us or our partners?
- What resources do we need and how will we get them? (Tools, permission, transportation, supplies, money)
- How long will each step take?
Planning—Environmental Science Example
- A student in a high school environmental science class created a report about glacial melting over a fifty-year time period. The class discussion led them to choosing to take action by telling others how to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. They worked together to make a plan.
- They decided their goal was to research specific ways people could reduce their carbon footprint and share the information with as many people as possible.
- They decided to create a print information brochure to send home by email to all the families in their district.
They decided to offer a energy home audit for seniors in the community.
- They found funders to help them cover the costs of energy home audits.
- They decided who would do what (student roles, teacher roles, and role of partners).
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