Sunday, March 20, 2011

In the service of what? by Joseph Kahne and Joel Westheimer Reflection

Personally i really liked the article. I think that it's a really good idea to have service learning involved in schools. The article talks about a few different types of service learning projects. Honestly i didn't even realize how many different things would qualify as service learning. Personally i think that this is such a positive thing. However i don't know if i would have said that in high school, but i think it would have been a really good experience. When i was in elementary school we kind of did something similar to a service learning experience. When i was in fourth grade we would go to the 1st grade classrooms to help them learn how to read. i remember being really nervous the first time. i wasn't sure how it was going to be. i remember being so nervous about how it would go. Overall it went really well. The little kids loved us because we were the "big kids" of the school. but it turned out to be really fun and i think it was a good experience to have. However before VIPS that was the only other thing similar to service learning that I have done. But i think that we should have done something like this in high school because i think that it's such a good experience to have. i know i say this now, but i probably wouldn't have said the same in high school. but i agree with Kahne and Westheimer that it's a good experience and gives you a lot more confidence. personally i being involved with VIP's i have learned so much already and i have only been there a couple of times. but being involved with the kids now and teaching all different ethnicities of student will be so helpful for me when i start teaching a class of my own. To me i think service learning is a really important experience. there are so many different way that kids can get involved in service learning projects. i actually found a  website that gives you links to help you set up different types of service learning projects. i think it would be a good idea for high schools to require some sort of service learning project in order for kids to graduate. i know most high school kids would resent the idea, but i think it gives kids a good experience. and maybe someone does something like our service learning project and find out they love it. you never know! i just thinks it's a good experience to have! i can't speak for everyone, but my experiences have only been beneficial. I'm not saying they are all wicked exciting and easy going, but they defiantly effect my in a positive way.

I just wanted to talk in class if people had experienced Service learning project before this class? If they did how did they get involved in them?


  1. I totally agree with everything that you said. In high school, I probably wouldn't have wanted to do anything for service learning, unless it was something that I really was interested in. But I feel that high schools should require some type of service learning to graduate. It helps students see the world differently and also feel better about themselves.

  2. I agree with everything that you said in your post. In my highschool we had to have twenty five hours of community service before we graduated. I feel like most kids just did things that they enjoyed so it wasn't boring for them to do. Eventhough it was things that we enjoyed doing it still did help and i feel like it was actually a good thing to have to do before we graduated. I know i didn't feel this way then but now i realize that it actually did matter.

  3. I agree with you that we should have had more service learning in high school. In my high school I did not do anything at all. I did not even have the requirement to do community service before I graduated. I wish that I would have done more because then I would have been more prepared for VIPS.