I am currently completing my CSL placement at Ridgemont High School. I was excited to hear that I was going to be in a grade 9 and 10 English classroom because that is the highest level I am 'allowed' to teach as an individual in the J/I program. However, due to uncontrollable events, I was told that I will not have an associate teacher and that a new pairing will be made.
On my first day, I was able to attend a grade 9 geography class. Students were working on their projects about a valuable resource and needed to create a presentation to explain where it came from, how it's used, how it influenced different countries, and why it's a valuable resource. Students were very creative (and shy to speak to student teachers). Some ideas that they were researching included the hijab, make up, aluminum, gold, and chocolate. It was interesting to see that the teacher allowed students to use their cellphones in class, as long as it was for 'educational purposes', i.e., researching their presentation topics. I thought this was funny because I remember passing notes back and forth in my grade 9 geography class, even though it was just a few years ago. Times have definitely changed and the use of technology is more prevalent in the public school system. Looking forward to completing my practicum at Ridgemont!
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What is CSL?
Community Service Learning (CSL) is an academic program and form of experiential learning where students contribute to their community by participating in professor-approved community service placements related to course learning objectives.