ELAN 3461 Service Learning in Teacher Education
116/117 Aderhold Hall
Professor: Peter Smagorinsky
Description from the UGA Bulletin
Community work with adolescents
(mentoring, tutoring, etc.), common readings in education, and interactions
with professional educators. English education majors build on individual
and shared experiences and readings to examine issues of English education
in public schools.
Non-traditional format: Discussion plus community service work.
My Description of Service Learning in Teacher Education
This course involves UGA students who aspire to teach in
a tutoring relationship with a community member whose cultural background
and life experiences are substantially different from their own. This community
member will be a secondary student enrolled in Classic
City High School: A Performance Learning Center
located at 440 Dearing Extension
in Athens. (Other sites for tutoring and mentoring are listed at School
and Community Sites for Tutoring and Mentoring). You will both tutor this
student and produce a Course
Project through which you will reflect on this experience and consider
its implications for secondary school teaching in diverse educational settings.
Your relationship with this person will extend through the semester by means
of weekly visits to a school or community tutoring center totaling a minimum
of 15 hours for the semester. In addition, students enrolled in Service
Learning in Teacher Education will attend class on campus each week. During
these class meetings you will:
My goal for the class is for
each of you to develop a personal and academic relationship with an Athens-area
teen or adult who comes from a cultural background that is different from
your own. Through this experience, you will:
produce aCourse Project
that synthesizes your understanding of your experiences with this relationship and how it is informed by the books you read in yourBook Club discussions
Please download and
read each of the following documents:
Clarke County Public Schools Volunteer Information Form
Classic City High School (PLC) Mentoring Guide
Athens/Clark County Criminal Background Check Form
Please also download and read the English Education Quality Assurance Contract, which outlines the expectations for professional conduct during your work at Classic City High School: A Performance Learning Center.
The following link
takes you to an article on sexual attractions between female teachers and
male students. You will be only slightly older than the students you work
with and need to be aware of pitfalls of attractions to them. In particular,
you need to be aware of the consequences of trying to "rescue" a
"bad boy." The article was written by a UGA doctoral student based
on her Ph.D. dissertation. Got your attention yet?
Johnson, T. S. (2004). ''It's pointless to deny that that dynamic is there'': Sexual tensions in secondary classrooms. English Education, 37, 5-29.
Effective July 1, 2012, Georgia House Bill 1176, Part V, Mandatory Reporting
of Child Abuse, Section 5-1, requires volunteers who work with children, including
educational services, to report suspected child abuse. The state code reads
in part as follows: "If
a person is required to report child abuse pursuant to this subsection because
that person attends to a child pursuant to such person's duties as a member
of the staff of an employee of or volunteer at a hospital, school, social
agency, or similar facility, that person shall notify the person in charge
of the facility, or the designated delegate thereof, and the person so notified
shall report or cause a report to be made in accordance with this 1214 Code
section." Natalie Cox, in UGA's
Legal Affairs office, adds: "Volunteers should report immediately to
the director of the facility and their UGA faculty advisor. In trainings or
informational packets with volunteers, you may wish to provide this in a writing
that includes a name and contact information of the director and advisor.
They can certainly contact Office of Legal Affairs with questions and the
UGA advisors should notify us immediately if they receive any reports."
Note: The course syllabus is a general plan for the course; deviations announced to the class by the instructor may be necessary.
Another note: All academic work must meet the standards contained in A Culture of Honesty. All students are responsible for informing themselves about those standards before performing any academic work.
Please prove me right on this.