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Personal Purpose

In this life, we and our students must find connection to a bigger purpose than ourselves. Finding positive ways to contribute to our community and the causes that we care about not only helps the world around us, but also improves self-esteem, health, resilience and our personal sense of purpose in this world. As educators, it is partially our job to help students develop the importance of purpose in their lives.
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A Collection By Meghann Urewicz
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Personal Purpose
  • jsedimensions.org
    jsedimensions.org

    Engaging Learners in Community Service Learning to Enhance Teacher Preparation Curriculum

    10 minute read
    Meghann Urewicz says:
    This article discusses expanding our concept of education to include the area of project-based service learning. It argues that these projects have the potential to increase content knowledge and understanding, while creating connections to the real-world, and helping the communities we live in. The article also includes some testimonials from students and many examples of how other schools have incorporated service learning into the curriculum.
  • ww2.kqed.org
    ww2.kqed.org

    How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Students to Learn

    10 minute read
    Meghann Urewicz says:
    As a math teacher, I often lose focus of the bigger picture of my students lives. I'm just so focused on making sure that they understand the math concepts that I forget that the purpose of their lives is so much bigger. This article helps to bring that back into focus. It emphasizes that most students are already inclined towards making a difference in this world and we just have to foster that enthusiasm.
  • cft.vanderbilt.edu
    cft.vanderbilt.edu

    What is Service Learning or Community Engagement?

    5 minute read
    Meghann Urewicz says:
    Service learning, or education geared towards making a difference in the world, might be a new topic for some of us. In this article you can learn more about what it is, what the learning goals are, and how it can impact our students lives. It also provides some structural ideas on how you can integrate service learning into your existing curriculum.
  • Goal Setting

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    classroomchampions.org
    classroomchampions.org
    Meghann Urewicz says:
    I love this website! Follow the link to find resources on goal setting (videos and lesson plans) filtered by grade level. You can also find a myriad of other great lesson ideas, including topics such as community and perseverance.
  • Meghann Urewicz says:
    Still aren't convinced that service learning is good use of instructional time? I get it, instructional time is limited and I know you are already overwhelmed by the depth and quantity of standards you are responsible for teaching. But take a couple minutes to check out this website on the benefits of service learning. Not only can service learning positively impact your community, it also positively impacts the students and the staff at your school.
  • Meghann Urewicz says:
    I don't know about you, but when I get really excited about incorporating a new idea into my classroom, I like to learn more about how other schools are integrating the same idea. In this video, you can see what projects other schools are doing and what students have to say about it.
  • Meghann Urewicz says:
    So you've decided that you want to do a service learning project with your class. You want to capitalize on the existing enthusiasm and good nature of your students to better this world and in turn, better their lives as well. But here's the real question, what project will you do? What project would be a good fit for the age group and interests of your students? This website has lots of ideas and resources to get you started!
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