Transfer of Learning
The transfer of learning happens during each lesson, as the instructor asks questions at the closure of each lesson to relate student learning back to their home communities, but it is more explicitly visited on Thursday morning:''' an important bridge between a students' Islandwood experience and their return home. This prepares and supports students for making their Islandwood experience more memorable and meaningful.
Goal – A core goal of the SOP program is for students to know that they can be stewards of
themselves, each other, and the environment and that their actions have impact. They should be able to use and relate their experience at Islandwood to their lives back home.
Objectives –Students will be able to...
- Explain the purpose of their Islandwood visit.
- Identify one way they can make a positive change outside of IslandWood.
- Identify one experience they had that can be done outside of IslandWood.
"Gear Stewardship", p. 48
Optional Activities –
Formative Assessment: Ask students, "How do you take care of the communities that you are a part of?" "What does being a steward mean to you?"
Summative Assessment: Through written and/or oral reflection, students describe their Islandwood experiences, as well as intentions to take back and apply knowledge and practice in their home communities.
Transfer of Learning: What will you tell your family about the experience at Islandwood? What practices do you want to continue when you return home?
Background Information: Although stewardship lessons and activities vary in time, scope, and complexity, there are several key components that are integral to this valuable learning experience. First, students need to explore the concept of stewardship as well as the work of other stewards. This helps the students to understand stewardship and to use this knowledge to become stewards in their own community. Through student-directed, caring, and informed investigation of their communities, the students identify areas where they can have a positive impact. The students then work as a team to set goals, and to develop, implement, and reflect on practices that makes a positive difference in their community.