K-12 Service-Learning Toolkit by Disney

Posted by on January 14, 2005

This section reviews eight steps to help you and your students effectively plan, implement, and evaluate your program. Within each step you will be given tips and ideas for practitioners (that’s you) and students. Each step also includes ideas for structured reflection, a critical component of the service learning process. Several of the steps also include learning logs to be completed by your students.

Step One: Self-assessment — Students identify their strengths, interests, talents, and experiences.
Step Two: Community assessment — Students explore their community to identify problems and needs.
Step Three: Choose an issue — Students identify one need or problem they’d like to address.
Step Four: Conduct research — Students learn about the need or problem they’ve identified.
Step Five: Create a plan — Students create a plan of action for service.
Step Six: Implement the plan — Students carry out their service action plan.
Step Seven: Celebration — Students celebrate what they’ve given and learned.
Step Eight: Evaluation — Students evaluate what they’ve done and how they could improve it.


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