Service-learning is education in action.
- Holding a mock crash on campus is service.
- Sitting in a science classroom analyzing velocity, the laws of physics including bodies in motion and bodies at rest, is learning.
- Taking lessons learned in a physics course regarding laws of motion, inertia, velocity, and energy, and using this knowledge to predict and understand the danger of auto accidents is service-learning.
- Exploring theories through a mock crash and sharing what is now understood about impact at varying speeds is service-learning.
- Sharing that information so others understand laws of physics and the dangers of auto accidents is service-learning.
Service-learning is a teaching method that enriches learning by engaging students in meaningful service to their schools and communities. It carefully blends hands-on service with established learning objectives.
It takes on real issues such as pollution control, public safety, homelessness, diversity, and hazards to teen driver safety. It’s active learning that values critical thinking and problem-solving. It values all people and their unique talents.
Learn more about service-learning at nylc.org.