Integrity - Service - Merit
The roots of service learning in the Elementary School are deeply embedded in the fostering of empathy and the nurturing of connections with both people and the natural world. Through dispositional and transdisciplinary skill development, as well as service learning experiences, we aim to help our students develop significant, meaningful and reciprocally beneficial relationships with both nature and people. With ISM’s youngest learners and community, we aim to build the foundations necessary for our students to become lifelong sustainable and service-oriented global citizens.
Service learning involves applying learned skills and knowledge to authentic community needs. We conceptualize these needs through the Compass Points of Nature, Society, Wellness and Economy. Students and staff engage with associated compass point “I can…” statements to frame key service learning concepts.
Students can access service learning through several different Service Learning Approaches including advocacy, community initiatives, in-school initiatives, ongoing projects and relationships, volunteerism and curriculum generated initiatives.
Our major focus in the Elementary School is on relationships within the ISM Community, however, there are also opportunities for exploring relationships with our local service partners and the global community.
In addition to these approaches, we recognize the importance of Foundations for Service Learning as critical components of our program. These include the development of empathy, compassion, and a desire to help others. We build the students’ capacities in these areas through the development of dispositions, knowledge, skills, and understandings.
Nature: (Environment and Animals)
Economy: (The HOW and the WHY?)
Society: (Family, School, Community and Global)
Wellbeing: (Mind and Body, Self and Others)
Service Learning Approaches
- Promoting awareness of an issue through a video, posters, presentation or event
- Service events or relationships that happen on a regular basis, wherein relationships are strengthened over time
-Looking at the way we do things at school in an effort to improve
- Developing relationships within the school
- Developing relationships with the community
Immediate Need Service
- Disaster relief funding
- Assisting families in need
- Raising money to support a specific cause
- Develop relationships with the global community
- Staff, students, parents or service partners volunteer their time to a cause or event that will benefit another party
Service Arising from the Curriculum
- Students become interested in accomplishing a service task either directly linked to the curriculum or as a tangent of learning happening within the classroom