Articles for March 2015

Service Learning Survey Completed

I recently created a survey regarding personal wellness/safety and posed those questions to a group of fifth grade students.  The students logged in to my digital survey on Survey Monkey and completed the survey questions.  A complete analysis of the results, survey questions, and subsequent survey can be found on the Service Learning Survey page in the drop-down section of the Service Learning Project page found in the header of my website.  Go check out what students have to say about safety issues such as youth sports injuries, safety for senior citizens in the home, helmet use while riding bikes, scooters, and skateboards, and playground safety at home and in the community.  Please visit again as this project takes shape and is posted here for you to view:)

Introduction to Service Learning

Service Learning

Service learning is a type of community pedagogy that serves dual purposes. The students connect with the content by learning about social or community needs then address those needs through participation in a service opportunity. This experience allows the students to further their learning of the content by applying it through community action while at the same time, filling a need of the recipient. Similarly, the community benefits through the addition of new skill sets to its younger citizens which leads to improved social responsibility. A very important facet to service learning is the reflection done on the part of the students. Students reflect regularly and use this as an opportunity to gauge the success of the project as well as their learning.

“What community concern can be addressed in Shelbyville, Kentucky while engaging students with content at higher levels of learning?”

Personal Wellness/Safety

Guiding Question: Why is it important to use good judgment when using your body and movement for exercise, sports, or everyday tasks?

The common train of thought regarding injuries has been that they occur randomly and by accident. However, many government agencies as well as notable trauma hospitals around the country have adopted a new way of thinking. The Centers for Disease Control contend that there is a science behind injuries and that prevention should be taught just as it is with many other preventable diseases. Many of the accidents that occur at home and school are completely preventable. The high incidence of injuries in children occurs due to poor choices regarding the use of protective equipment in youth sports and riding activities. In 2010, over 500,000 people ages 5-24 accounted for nearly 60% of all emergency room visits for non-fatal bicycle injuries. Likewise, more than 10% of all emergency room visits for children under the age of 14 are associated with youth sports and the inappropriate use/lack of protective equipment. While playgrounds are intended to be safe for toddlers and young children, the CDC reports that over 200,000 children under the age of 14 suffer injuries on playgrounds with some being severe (fractures, concussions, and amputations). The personal wellness of senior citizens is also an area of prevention that requires focus. Falls among the elderly are on the rise. For some seniors, these injuries could mean the complete loss of independence and mobility. Approximately one third of Americans over the age of 65 falls at least once a year. The loss of balance perception leads to falls in the home and subsequent injuries that for some are contributors to permanent stays in nursing homes or even death.

These safety concerns are not specific to our community, but are present in communities all across our nation. Personal injuries, both those from accidents as well as violence, have escalated to become the number one cause of death in the United States. The youth of our nation are capable of having the greatest impact for service because of the great impact we have when teaching them. This service-learning project will focus on personal wellness/safety. Please explore this page to find:
• The survey taken by fifth-graders at Southside Elementary that will determine the course for this project
• An Infographic about the personal wellness/safety aspect the students have chosen to address
• A category dedicated to resources and bookmarks used to design this service learning project
• A technology product about the topic of personal wellness/safety
• A comment recorder for your thoughts about our project


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