Social, Emotional, and Service-Learning in a Visual Arts Classroom

Service-learning requires that students apply a mix of soft and hard skills to meet genuine community needs. If ever these behaviors were easy to teach, it’s when student passions meet those needs: when a student explains to a school board member that STEM skills are improving the school garden thus the quality of school lunches, or when a student climbs out of the achievement gap thanks to another’s homework help. In short, teaching social and emotional skills as a part of service-learning is natural, and often more effective than teaching “noncognitive” skills in isolation.

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