Design Assignments

Assignments used in a Communication and Learning Course:

Each student will complete a minimum of 15 hours of service-learning. The
purpose of these assignments is to enhance student understanding of course
material, integrate the concepts explored in this course, facilitate a better
understanding of the educational communities in which teachers work, and
provide students with an opportunity to practice teaching. Students are
expected to attend as assigned, be punctual, show initiative and enthusiasm,
and call the supervisor if for any reason they cannot attend at a scheduled

  • Reflection/Observation Paper 10% (Outcomes 11,12,14) Students
    will write a 5-6-page paper reflecting on their service-learning
    experience. In the paper students should:

    a) describe the supervisor’s use of immediacy, self-discloser, humor,
    and classroom management skills; b) identify pedagogies utilized to
    improve student competence; c) describe their own work with one
    specific child, including the teaching modalities they used with this
    child and why; d) relate the single most important lesson they learned
    from their service experience. Specific examples from the service
    experience must be used to support student comments.
  • Site supervisor's feedback 5% (Outcomes 12,13) The site supervisor
    will complete an evaluation of the student’s service-learning. The
    evaluation will be completed toward the end of the semester and will
    provide an opportunity for your supervisor to comment on your work
    in the classroom.
  • Thank you 5% (Outcomes 11,12,14) Students will write a thank you
    to the site supervisor, make a photocopy for the instructor, and attach
    a stamped, addressed envelope to the supervisor. The letter should be
    personal and should cite work with a specific child or exercise to
    demonstrate what the student has learned from their work with the
    agency. The student might also comment on the work the agency is
    undertaking and the population they serve. The letter should be
    respectful and appreciative of the opportunity the student has been
    given by the agency. The student may also wish to thank the
    supervisor for any specific guidance and inspiration they may have

Source: Dr. Sally Tannenbaum, CSUFresno Faculty S-L Mentor