3 topics learned
I chose to focus on three articles that I think are crucial for the learning environment and things that would help me as a future educator, the three topics that I chose are, What the Heck Is Service Learning By Heather Wolpert-Gawron, Creating Classrooms for Social Justice By Tabitha Dell’Angelo, and Empowering Kids to Be Part of the Solution (No author listed)
What the Heck Is Service-Learning?
Service-learning is defined as “A form of experiential education where learning occurs through a cycle of action and reflection as students seek to achieve real objectives for the community and deeper understanding and skills for themselves” (Wolpert-Gawron, 2016). Service-learning is important in the classroom, some ways that students can get involved is by packing up food bags for the homeless, setting up a tutoring system, or reading buddies with younger students, all of these are ways that you can make an impact in your community by never leaving your school, but still helping the less fortunate.
Creating Classrooms for Social Justice:
Social justice is defined as “recognizing and acting upon the power that we have for making positive change” (Dell’Angelo, 2014). If we as teachers want to create a classroom for social justice it is important that we build relationships and understand our students. A way to do that is by connecting to our students' lives, getting to know a little bit about their backgrounds, and what are their interests in school. Acknowledging the students and letting them know that you care lets the students realize that you care about them and are interested in what they enjoy, this will open up a sense of trust in your classroom with your students, which will then be an avenue for a conversation on things that are happening in our world.
Empowering Kids to Be Part of the Solution:
This article talks about how you can have your kids be part of the solution, an example of this from the article was finding local problems your students can solve. At a school called Crellin Elementary, community service is a big part of what they do, they will find local problems that they can help solve and tie them into learning objectives in the classroom, the principal of the elementary school says that “this approach helps kids immediately see the reasons for what they are learning” (McCauley, 2015). This gives kids the opportunity to do things more hands-on, to be a part of a problem, and then turn it into a learning experience and try to find a solution for it.