Tool Kit for Service Learning
Educational Tools for Understanding, Implementing, and Promoting Service Learning
A variety of tools have been developed to help you understand the Service
Learning as a pedagogical tool, to assist you in implementing Service Learning
projects, and to help you educate colleagues about the principles and practices
of Service Learning.
Service Learning Sequence: Service
Learning begins with classroom content (preparation), extends out into the
community (service), and returns to the classroom (reflection). This tool
outlines the eight steps involved in developing and implementing an effective
Service Learning experience.
Service Learning Planning Tool:
This tool asks a sequence of practical questions from preparation through
reflection to help teachers organize a thoughtful and well-planned Service
Service Learning Rubric #1: What
does an effective Service Learning project look like? The Service Learning
Rubric uses seven rubrics and four levels to help a teacher understand what
constitutes a high quality Service Learning experience. Particularly during a
first project, teachers will find that they are strong in some others and
weaker in others. Ultimately, the goal is to develop Service Learning projects
that are strong in each of the seven areas.
Service Learning Rubric #2: This
second rubric uses ten rubrics and three levels, from beginning to advanced, to
help a teacher move toward a high quality Service Learning experience.
Steps to Reflection: Reflection
is a critical component of Service Learning. There are many ways to lead an
effective reflective process, but it is important to recognize the different
levels of reflection. This tool helps reflection facilitators to understand the
process of reflection beginning with the experience itself and moving through
description to synthesis and presentation.