Magazine article AMLE Magazine

In Every Issue: MENTOR ME

Magazine article AMLE Magazine

In Every Issue: MENTOR ME

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QUESTION

"I think it's important for young adolescents to recognize the importance of service. How can I incorporate service-learning into my curriculum in a way that supports the Common Core State Standards?"

CATHRYN BERGER KAYE

CBK ASSOCIATES

LOS ANGELES, CA

MAUREEN CONNOLLY

CBK ASSOCIATES

LOS ANGELES, CA

Adolescents are curious about what is going on in the world. However, they often are not certain about their role or responsibility in being active contributors. Service-learning is an effective and well-documented teaching pedagogy with significant benefits and outcomes, including enabling students to discover how their interests, talents, skills, and ideas can be applied to the common good.

The five stages of servicelearning-investigate, prepare, take action, reflect, and demonstrate-provide a reliable guide to maintaining curricular integrity while elevating students' abilities and understandings and afford myriad opportunities for students to exceed our expectations.

Service-learning improves student engagement because students know the "why" of learning something. During the initial stage of service-learning, investigation, students identify an authentic need that correlates to academic content and skills. Learning takes on meaning and purpose because students know it will be applied to an actual need; students are being depended upon. Learning matters.

The Common Core State Standards serve as a guide for purposeful learning with real-world application. Many CCSS descriptors and elements comprise essential 21st-century competencies that take on real-world application with service-learning. …

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