ERIC Number: ED507529
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 0
Great Ideas: Using Service-Learning and Differentiated Instruction to Help Your Students Succeed
Gent, Pamela J.
Brookes Publishing Company
Classrooms across the country are discovering the power of service-learning--the ideal way to help students develop social and academic skills while giving back to their community. Now for the first time, there's a practical how-to guide on using serving-learning to promote inclusion and differentiate instruction for students with and without disabilities. Much more than "community service," service-learning activities help improve outcomes for all students because they're carefully linked to the curriculum and Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals. This book shows K-12 educators and administrators exactly how the service-learning approach: (1) helps students with and without disabilities meet academic standards; (2) facilitates generalization as students transfer what they learn from the classroom to the real world; (3) works with both student-directed and teacher-mediated instructional approaches; (4) fosters strong classroom communities where all students help and learn from each other; (5) builds students' functional life skills and encourages the development of special talents; (6) enhances job skills and work experience so students are better prepared for their future careers; and (7) helps students develop a positive self-image as they provide valuable services to their community. Following About the Authors and Acknowledgments, this book contains: (1) Introduction to Service-Learning; (2) History: Service-Learning, Standards Based Education, and Inclusion; (3) Rationale: Why Use Service-Learning in Inclusive Classrooms?; (4) Preparation: Connecting Service to the Curriculum; (5) Investigation: Identifying Community Needs; (6) Action: Planning and Implementing the Service Activity; (7) Reflection: Thinking Critically and Building Understanding; (8) Evaluation: Documenting Effects on Students and Community; (9) Celebration: Recognizing Everyone's Contribution; and (10) Continuation: Sustaining Standards-Based Service-Learning, Differentiated Instruction, and School Change. A list of references and an index are also included.
Descriptors: Service Learning, Individualized Instruction, Elementary Secondary Education, Inclusive Schools, Reflection, Academic Standards, Competency Based Education, Generalization, Talent Development, Skill Development, Self Concept, Job Skills, Teaching Methods, Individualized Education Programs, Curriculum Development, Community Needs, Critical Thinking, Program Evaluation, Program Development, Program Implementation
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers; Administrators
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