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Lecture 6

CHYS 2P15 Lecture 6: module 6

Child and Youth Studies
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Dawn Zinga

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Module 6: Connections and Reflection within Service-Learning
Reflecting on Instruction
This module was about reflection and correlation. In other words, reflecting on your placement
and relating it to the real world. Professor Zinga talked about the DEAL model, which proved to
be beneficial to our reflection. In the first video, the steps of the DEAL model are thoroughly
explained and how exactly it works. Steps such as “examine social responsibility”, and
“articulate learning” help you to reflect more effectively on your time at your placement and what
you learned that day.
The second video from our instruction featured a student named Ashley who has previously
been through this course. She talks about DEAL as well, and her research she is conducting in
Brazil and how different childhood is there compared to Canada or the United States. She talks
about cultural differences and how it is important to understand that children can be different
and their experiences can be different depending on where they were raised, and currently live.
She used this as an example of the DEAL model and how it is beneficial to use not only in our
placements but later on in the real world in our future careers.
Exploration Opportunities
Developmental Lens
For the developmental lens opportunity, I chose to watch “Wetland Watchers: Kids Care for
Their Environment.” This video is about a teacher who created a middle school program called
“Wetland Watchers.” This program was influenced by one of his experiences seeing service-
learning programs. He believed that there was an educational value in these service learning
programs so he created his own program. In his program, students reflect on their learning just
like we do in this course, and they related their learning to the real world, environment, and
community. In the video, a student talks about how much better he learns in this type of program
vs siting at a desk listening to a teacher and writing notes. Hands on learning like the course we
are currently in, allows for much deeper learning than just hearing about things or reading them
in a book. We will be able to learn real life strategies and test them out and see if they work in
the community.
Exceptionalities Lens
For the exceptionalities lens opportunity I chose “I’m Special: Our Service Learning Project.”
This video shows children teaching their class and school about “disabled” children. The
children first read a novel called “Wonder” which was a book about a child with a facial
deformity. This book allowed the children to gain knowledge on differences and how we should
accept people and be kind to people with disabilities. The children learned the hurtfulness of the
word “retarded”, and how it affects disabled children. This exploration opportunity can help us
learn that children need to be educated on disabilities, as they are quick to pick out differences,
be afraid of them, or be cruel to someone who is different just because they don't look the same
as everyone else. Us, as future teachers and workers with children need to make sure that
children understand that people with disabilities are the same as everyone else, they are just
unique in the way that they may not look the same as everyone else.
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