Reflections A Journal of Public Rhetoric Civic Writing

Learning in Community Reflections on Practice

To browse Academia. Edu and the wider internet faster and more securely, please take a few seconds to. Sorry, preview is currently unavailable. You can download the paper by clicking the button above. Created by the, the GLOSSARY OF EDUCATION REFORM is a comprehensive online resource that describes widely used school-improvement terms, concepts, and strategies for journalists, parents, and community members. A professional learning community, or PLC, is a group of educators that meets regularly, shares expertise, and works collaboratively to improve teaching skills and the academic performance of students.

Reflection community involvement and service learning

The term is also applied to schools or teaching faculties that use small-group collaboration as a form of  professional development. Professional learning communities often function as a form of  action research —i. E. , as a way to continually question, reevaluate, refine, and improve teaching strategies and knowledge. Meetings are goal-driven exchanges facilitated by educators who have been trained to lead professional learning communities. In professional learning communities, teams are often built around shared roles or responsibilities. How do I teach this scientific theory more effectively?

—rather than on general educational goals or theories. While the specific activities and goals of a professional learning community may vary widely from school to school, the following are a few examples of common activities that may take place in meetings: Journal writing has become a very popular educational tool so much so that when one announces that students will be keeping a journal, a common groan often rises from the class. While the instructor believes that the unstructured, personalized writing that characterizes journaling can help students learn subjects as varied as literature and psychology, we are even more committed to journal writing as a key component of experiential learning. But this is not what makes the experience worthy of academic credit. The academic component of your community service results from your ability to systematically observe what is going on around you. This requires a kind of mental gymnastics that does not come without training and tools.

Students Reflection on Community Service Learning

A well- written journal is a tool, which helps you practice the quick movements back and forth from the environment in which you are working to the abstract generalizations you have read or heard in class. As with any tool, beneficial use of a journal takes practice. You must force yourself to just start writing. You should write an entry for each day you attend your community service and it should be written immediately upon leaving the community service. A journal is not a diary you are not merely recounting the happenings of the day. Your entries, to be sure are based on the activities of the day, but they are more. Below are several ways in which you can move beyond a mere chronology of events.

When you write them, you will not have a clear idea of what you will make of these details, but you will sense that they might be important later. Journals allow you to sound na ve. Most of us go through life viewing our experiences as isolated, unrelated events. We also view these happenings simply as the experiences they are, not as opportunities for learning. Psychologists refer to this type of lifeview as an episodic grasp of reality (Feuerstein, Rand, Hoffman, Miller, 6985), and it is not a habit we want to pass along to children. Instead, we want students to get into the habit of linking and constructing meaning from their experiences. Such work requires reflection.

Reflection has many facets.