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In the “Caring for the Community” video, the teacher, Ms.Learner displays instructional strategies on how individuals can contribute to a community project. To teach the grade 1 to 3 students, Ms.Learner uses the building project to explain the concepts such as teamwork, co-ordination, and to inspire them to be dynamic participants of their school community. Ms.Learner also invites guest lecturers to the classroom, and forms planning teams, recruits the schoolmates to help, in order to make the students active members in the community project. In my opinion, the complete video describes about the civic models and practices.
I understand social studies promotes civic competence, and the video portrays this competence from the school days. Students can be helpful to the school by the raise money for causes, and keeping the playground clean. Children can also be helpful to community, and understanding their importance in contributing to the community can be learnt by a resource. Resources guide us in the right path as they are experienced in their work. For example, a community resource can be a Superintendent. Other resources can be a dictionary or Internet. I realize that we vote for the presidents, mayors and governors; however, as stated by , I agree that there is no age for volunteering, and lot of evidence suggests that American youth engages in volunteer service within communities.
The students work as a group that displays the importance of teamwork in a community. From the video, I gather that caring a community also requires understanding the needs of the community members, planning, organizing, gathering feedback and coordinating with the fellow members as a team is of utmost importance. I believe that making a difference to the community provides satisfaction as a human being, and makes the life better when we are helpful to others as we bring a difference in the lives of others.
Campbell, D. E. (2006). Why We Vote: How Schools and Communities Shape Our Civic Life (Illustrated, Reprint ed.). Princeton University Press.
Meskell, D. (2009). Engaging Citizens in Government. U.S. General Services Administration, Intergovernmental Solutions Division. GSA. Retrieved October 2014