I enjoyed my experience so much; it made me decide to become a special education teacher. I had a great time working with the kids and got a great deal of enjoyment out of my experience.
I thrived on providing services because helping others made my work atmosphere purposeful, and, in turn, my life became more meaningful.
My early experiences working with others who needed help played a major part in my decision to become a special educator… I enjoyed being creative, understanding, and, above all, helping students reach their goals… I learn from those I help.
Special Education and Service Learning
Service learning combines education with organized hands-on community service. It is required by some schools and can provide experiences that might lead to career options. It includes core curriculum, student input, service to the community, civic responsibility and reflection.
Examples of service learning:
- Act as a volunteer or in a special education classroom and assist the students in small groups.
- Team up with friends to help adapt a playground for children with physical disabilities.
- Learn a song in sign language and teach it to students with hearing impairments.
- Tutor a child with a disability in mathematics or reading.
- Make costumes for preschoolers who use wheelchairs.
Interested in service learning?
- Talk with the service learning coordinator at your school.
- Contact a local agency that serves people with disabilities.
CalServe provides information on California's previously federally funded initiative for service-learning.
Learn and Serve America helps Americans improve the lives of their fellow citizens through service.
YSA - Youth Changing the World improves communities by increasing the number and diversity of young people, age 5 to 25, serving in substantive roles in their communities.
California State University Service Learning encourages innovation and generates long-lasting impact in campus communities.