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The Awty International School is pleased to adopt the concept of service learning throughout all levels of the school. Although Awty has a rich history of providing service to both the local and international community, we have come to realize the value of combining the positive impact of providing service with the importance of learning.

In a school context, Service learning can be defined as a research-based teaching method where guided or classroom learning is applied through action that addresses an authentic community need in a process that allows for youth initiative and provides structured time for reflections on the service experience and demonstration of acquired skills and knowledge.

Service to others takes many forms and has many names and connotations. In a school context, examining different types of service helps clarify and define service learning as a teaching method. The following terms all have ties to the concept of service.

  • Volunteer: One who contributes time without pay.

  • Community Service: Helping the community by choice or through court requirements; may or may not be associated with academics, curriculum, or reflection.

  • Service Learning: A teaching method that:

    • Enables students to learn and apply academic, social, and personal skills to improve the community, continue individual growth, and develop a lifelong ethic of service.

    • Focuses on both service and learning.

    • Is appropriate for all students and all curricular areas.

    • Encourages cross-curricular integration.

    • Helps foster civic responsibility.

    • Provides students with structured time to reflect on their service experience.

This information was taken from The Complete Guide to Service Learning: Proven, Practical Ways to Engage Students in Civic Responsibility, Academic Curriculum, & Social action by Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A.

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