Sunday, September 4, 2016

Welcome to a World of Contribution!

Welcome to the new ASD Service Learning blog!  

They say that the eyes are the window to one's soul. This blog serves that very same purpose. But unlike the soul of one, this blog serves as the window to the soul of a school whose purpose it is to develop contributors "in a rapidly changing world". Contributors young and younger... from a three year old learning to care for a vegetable in the garden to the teenager building homes for the less fortunate, to an adult aiming at eliminating Polio, walk through the hallways of this school and you will see amazing things happen nearly every moment of every day. It is the purpose of this blog to shed a light on these, the conversations that take place, the learning that goes on, the personal and collective growth that takes place with every tick of the clock. 

They wonder if a tree falls in the woods with no one around, whether it makes any sound.  This too is a goal of this blog: To highlight the many many things that ASD does but is often missed as we focus on our own lives, on our interests, on our learning. For to take a step back and view this community from a broader view would certainly impress you with the sheer amount that is already taking place here.

They also talk about how education is aimed at preparing students for the real world. Here this is only part of the story. Here we educate with the future in mind, to be sure, but also with the recognition that the here and now provides great opportunities for authentic learning, solution-oriented thinking and future creating. Students here ought to - and most often do - learn so that they can build skills and make a contribution right now, right here. After all, in a rapidly changing world, they also say that the best way to predict the future is to invent it. 

Welcome to the ASD Service Learning Blog! A new home for on-going information, thoughts, activities, curricular conversations, action experiences, sustainable practices, world changing students, 21st century learning challenges and successes. Some small and some large, they are all meaningful in providing for a well-rounded education, second to none.  We hope you'll visit often to bear witness to the celebrations of the contributors of our own rapidly changing world!  

Laurence Myers

K-12 Service Learning Coordinator

1 comment:

  1. So great to see up to date news on Service Learning at ASD. I am looking forward to learning more!