How can we take action to serve our larger community and world?
Action is an important part if learning. You take action in class in a number of ways to learn: trying out new ideas, speaking or performing in front of an audience, designing an experiments, etc.
A part of action that we sometimes take for granted or neglect to think about in school is service. As IB learners, we "strive to be caring members of the community who demonstrate a personal commitment to service and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment" (FPIP 2017). Taking principled action allows us to engage in our local and wider global communities to help make the world a better place for ourselves and others.
Service is not just doing something nice for others once in a while. Rather, it requires us to make connections between what we have learned at school and what we encounter in our communities. We draw on the knowledge, concepts, and skills we have learned to take action in the "real world" outside our school walls.
Just like in your other classes, service learning follows a cycle for planning and taking action. As a result of going through this cycle and reflecting on the process and what you have gained from the experience, IB learners gain insight not only about the their communities and world, but also about themselves. MYP categories these insights as Learning Outcomes for Service, which are:
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