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Service Learning Experience Projects

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This is the location where you will be able to find information about Service Learning Projects, sign-up sheets, deadlines, reflection sheets, etc.

 

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Service Learning Experience (SLE)

Project Information

 

On the right hand side you will see the names of several letters and forms.  These are links that will take you to that letter or form. 

 

As part of the service component of their formation, students in Grades 8-11 are asked to determine an area (or more) of service that they will complete during the Religious Education year.

There are projects that will benefit the parish directly.  There are also very specific experiences chosen to get the student out of their comfort zone and see what real poverty looks like. 

All of these opportunities are meant to lead our youth to ongoing service within the parish and larger community.  It is not about the amount of hours that are put in, but the experience that those hours provide.  In many cases, it moves students out of their “comfort zone” and introduces them to a world much different than their own. 

No matter what they choose, it is meant to remind them that as Christians we are called to love others as Christ loves us and that every time we serve the needs of others, we are serving Christ himself.

An email was sent with a list of available service experiences, asking parents to take time to look the list over as a family, talk about each option, and prayerfully reflect on which project your student will choose.  Links to the forms that were attached can be found on the right hand side of this page!

As part of this component, the students will also be asked to reflect on their service.  They will required to submit a form directing their reflection of their service experience(s).  These completed forms will be submitted to their catechists.  After the catechist has read and commented on them, the catechists will submit the completed forms to the Youth Minister for evaluation and recording.

 

Reflection Explanation and Introduction



Reflection is one of the most rigorous components of a service learning experience. Students who take the time to reflect on service learning experiences will get more from those experiences. This is why reflections are a required part of service learning. Reflection helps students thoughtfully process their community work. It helps them critically assess and understand what they are seeing and doing.

Service learning practitioners and researchers have concluded that the most effective service learning experiences are those that provide structured opportunities for learners to critically reflect upon their service experience.

Below is a graphical representation of the reflection process, also referred to as the Experiential Learning Cycle*.

—Kolb, David. Experiential Learning Cycle chart.
—Kolb, David. Experiential Learning Cycle chart.


As students participate in a service learning project, or experience, and do the related community work, they should ask themselves these questions: What? So What? Now What? The reflection process begins with a defining and sharing of the "What" of the student's experience, and follows a continuous cycle towards "So What?" and "Now What?"

What? Report the facts and events of an experience, objectively.
So What? Analyze the experience.
Now What? Consider the future impact of the experience on you and the community.


Examples of Reflection Questions based on the Service Experiential Learning Model


What?
—What happened?
—What did you observe?
—What issue is being addressed or population is being served?

So What?
—Did you learn a new skill or clarify an interest?
—Did you hear, smell, or feel anything that surprised you?
—How is your experience different from what you expected?
—What impacts the way you view the situation/experience? (What lens are you viewing from?)
—What did you like/dislike about the experience?
—What did you learn about the people/community?
—What are some of the pressing needs/issues in the community?
—How does this project address those needs?

Now What?
—What seem to be the root causes of the issue addressed?
—What other work is currently happening to address the issue?
—What learning occurred for you in this experience?
—How can you apply this learning?
—What would you like to learn more about, related to this project or issue?
—What follow-up is needed to address any challenges or difficulties?
—What information can you share with your peers or the community?
—If you could do the project again, what would you do differently?


*FOOTNOTES:
—Kolb, David. Experiential Learning Cycle chart.
—Eyler, Janet, and D.E. Giles. A Practitioners Guide to Reflection in Service-Learning. Nashville: Vanderbilt University, 1996.  

 

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