Skill Audit in Secondary
Service-learning is an educational approach that combines learning objectives with community service in order to provide a pragmatic, progressive learning experience while meeting societal needs. Service-learning involves students in service projects to apply classroom learning for local agencies that exist to effect positive change in the community.
(Furco, A., 2011. “Service-Learning”: A Balanced Approach to Experiential Education”)
Action is one of the fundamental elements of all IB programs, and service is one of the ways in which students can take action. However, there is a risk in participating in projects in which one’s skills are not properly used, where one’s interests are not considered, and when skills are not properly combined to create impact.
For this reason, as QAIS continues to evolve and continues to diversify the learning experiences we want our students to have, a real life skill audit was conducted in the secondary assembly last Friday February 10, 2017. Upon watching a series of provocations about the impact of student-led service, students shared their views on how we can contribute to improving the conditions of our local context. After that, they were asked to inform the school community how they could contribute, and here is what they said (see pictures below).
Our job in QAIS, as a learning community, is to provide the forum for students to explore these skills, for them to put them into practice and to take part in projects that may change people’s lives. Once we know what skills students (and teachers posses), one can truly think about the projects and tasks in which one’s potential can be maximised to the fullest.