Blog: October 2014

Discussion Circles: A Concept for All Subjects

October 31, 2014

I am inspired by educator Jonathan Schwab who attended a recent weekend service learning institute. On the last morning I spent over two hours discussing the role of literature in high quality service learning. One aspect was describing literature circles and discussion circles. In this design, four students sit in close proximity (away from tables) […]

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Moving Ideas to Action: What One Teacher is Doing

October 28, 2014

Let’s all go to Beijing and meet Ginger Habel, a sixth grade teacher at Western Academy of Beijing. Ginger has attended different workshops I have given around the globe and spent three days in July 2014 at the Summer Service Learning Institute Advancing Service Learning: Meeting the Needs of 21st Century Learners (see more about […]

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ACTION RESEARCH: Who Should Students Survey?

October 14, 2014

Email received: “My question for you is about the investigation stage (of service learning). When you refer to types of research and include media, interviews, survey and observations, I am confused by the surveys sections.  “Who should students survey? What types of questions do you typically see? Any guidance on this would be helpful, so […]

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A New Lens for Action

October 2, 2014

I have been wondering. When it comes to service learning and taking action, are we doing all we could be doing? Truly, I have seen well-meaning teachers design and engage students in a service learning process and have rich investigation of the issues, purposeful connections that continue to advance the curriculum in preparation, and then […]

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