You, the student, are asked to step outside the confines of the university classroom. Your role becomes that of a "teacher" in a public school setting. The importance of this experiential activity and communjty service is to raise consciousness about your social responsibility--the practice of citizenship. As an integral component of liberal education, you will link an academic preparation in physiology to a practicum in civic education in a grade school. This approach to learning is about doing as well as about listening and learning, but also an opportunity for reflecting on and discussing what is being done.
For this assignment, you and a teammate will be placed in a local elementary school at the upper primary grade level 4-6. As background preparation, read Lauren Resnick's article on differences in learning inside and outside the academy. Each team of students will develop a script or science lesson that will be peer evaluated by having the students present the lessons in the classroom. The reviewed lessons will then be performed by each student in the teams at the elementary schools, The quality of the performances will be assessed by the on-site elementary school teachers. On return to Willamette, each student will write a narrative on the learning experience in the public school setting. The narrative will include a critical appraisal or reflection to explain what was learned, to raise questions or concerns and to describe how the experience changed his/her thinking.
|Suggested Scripts||Evaluation and Timeline|
|Bones of the Skeleton||Week 1: Develop Team Script|
Use of Senses
|Week 2: In-House Presentation (Peers)|
Telling a Fib
|Week 3: Field Site Assessment (Teacher)|
|Irregular Heartbeat||Week 4: Critical Narrative Statement
[Professor J/In-Class Sharing