What does Service as Action look like at ISS?
What is Service as Action?
SA is a required component of IBMYP and its aim is to develop internationally minded individuals who can recognize their shared common humanity and responsibility to take care of the planet. A secondary but just as important goal of SA is to connect what is learned in school to the real world. The ultimate aim as a school and community is to create life-long memories and experiences that lay the foundation for future learning.
Why Is Service as Action Important?
- Provides students with opportunities for helping the school, local, and international communities.
- Helps students apply academic, personal, and social skills to improve community.
- Develops an awareness to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
- Encourages responsible citizenship by increasing students understanding of the world.
- Allows the student to discover new skills, talents, and interests.
- Helps students develop as leaders who take initiative.
What are the IBMYP Learning Outcomes from IB?
- Increase their awareness of their own strengths and areas for growth: They are able to see themselves as individuals with various skills and abilities, some more developed than others, and understand that they can make choices about how they wish to move forward.
- Undertake new challenges: A new challenge may be an unfamiliar activity, or an extension to an existing one
- Plan and initiate activities: Planning and initiation will often be in collaboration with others. It can be shown in activities that are part of larger projects, for example, ongoing school activities in the local community, as well as in small student-led activities.
- Work collaboratively with others: Collaboration can be shown in many different activities, such as team sports, playing music in a band, or helping in a kindergarten. At least one project involving collaboration and the integration of at least two of creativity, action, and service is required.
- Show perseverance and commitment in their activities: At a minimum, this implies attending regularly and accepting a share of the responsibility for dealing with problems that arise in the course of activities.
- Engage with issues of global importance: Students may be involved in international projects but there are many global issues that can be acted upon locally or nationally (for example, environmental concerns, caring for the elderly)
- Consider the ethical implications of their actions: Ethical decisions arise in almost any activity (for example, on the sports field, in musical composition, in relationships with others involved in service activities). Evidence of thinking about ethical issues can be shown in various ways, including journal entries and conversations with advisers.
- Develop new skills: As with new challenges, new skills may be shown in activities that the student has not previously undertaken, or in increased expertise in an established area.
What are the requirements for Service as Action at ISS for the 2016-17 school year?
There are no set hours for the SA requirement. IBMYB would like the aims to be reached in a qualitative fashion rather than through a prescribed amount of time. Thus, schools are allowed to develop their own set of criteria to meet the requirements of IB.
For the upcoming year at ISS, the students in grades 6 to 10 must complete:
What is a long-term Service Activity?
A long-term Service Activity is one where you participate 1 or 2 times per week over a period of 3 months (or more!).
What is a short-term Service Activity?
A long-term Service Activity is on where you participate in a single event (one day or a couple of hours).
MYP Service and Action Learning is a requirement from IBMYP so that ISS can “develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people? In order to document the students´ SA activity it is essential that all students fill out the Reflection Document when the activity is completed and give it either to the Advisor (long-term or short-term project) or to the Subject Area teacher in which the activity took place.
How is the Service as Action process for students?
- Students must fill out the “Service Activity Proposal Form” and return it to their Homeroom teacher for approval (please print the form). Students should complete this form with as much detail as possible. After the Homeroom teacher has read the proposal form and gives his or her approval, the student may begin working on the Service Activity. If the Activity has been “approved”, it will be marked as “complete” on Veracross. If “not approved”, please check the comment in Veracross or talk to your Homeroom teacher.
- Once the activity has been completed, students should complete their reflections. This is a very important step! The reflection questions are meant to prompt thoughtfulness in the students to help them grow and it is our documentation for IB. The reflection can be written or in a 3 min video. Please check the guidelines described in the form below.
- Once you have completed the activity and written or recorded the reflection, your Homeroom teacher will mark the activities as “complete”, if there are no issues of sections to improve.
If you complete the Service Activity in school, please ask your activity supervisor to complete this “Confirmation Form” once you’ve finished your activity.
If you completed the Service Activity outside school, please ask your supervisor to sign this confirmation form and give it to your Homeroom Teacher for approval:
What is a “good” Service Activity?
- Meets a need!
- Is something you care about!
- Is something where you understand the issue or problem
- Involves other people
- Students must be supervised by an adult while completing service. The supervisor should also be able to comment on your participation at the end of the activity
- Supervisors can’t be family members!
- Enables you to meet the learning outcomes (1 or 2 outcomes per activity)
- You complete at least 1 reflection – one at the end of the activity
- The activity shouldn’t be paid, and doesn’t include babysitting, lawn mowing, etc.