Reflective Response

by Brenna
(Winfield, KS)

Original Text: Reflective Response


My service learning project was completed with the First Church of the Nazarene in Winfield, Kansas. This organization is devoted to educating people of all ages about a higher power and to find faith in God. Members of the church believe that if everyone has someone to look to for guidance it will help them to behave and make life easier to deal with. They are organized by gathering in the church they built to worship and learn about God. Attendees gather every Wednesday and Sunday to have service, which they use to pray for people and read from the bible. The funding for the church comes from offering and tithes that people donate every service.
While attending the First Church of the Nazarene for my service learning project there were many responsibilities. Such as: helping with the bus route and the Sunday school classes. I chose this organization because working with different ages is directly related to my field of study. I got the chance to observe different teaching techniques for different ages, how to work with them and the different behaviors different people have. I got to witness psychology in action. The things I learned is something I can use for my everyday life along with when in a work place. After taking this class it helped me to understand the children and made it easier for me to work with them.
Doing my service learning while taking General Psychology helped me to understand what psychology is. Psychology is involved in everything from behavior to how we think and learn. Each child learns and understands differently. Some children need more attention then others. The teachings used involve psychology because they are trying to educate the children in many different things from behavior to writing and counting. They use positive reinforcement to teach the children good behavior brings praise and reward while bad behavior comes with consequences. They try to make learning fun for children so they don’t feel like Sunday school is an actual school, which makes it easier for them to learn. These things will be imprinted into the children’s Long-Term Memory by using procedural memory and will help them through out life.
Service learning is a good way to learn and understand things while working with the community. However, I do not believe that because you are a citizen you should be obligated to do service learning or volunteer work. Everyone should get a choice in what they want to do. We almost all do things to help the community and each other but isn’t it better for us to make that choice on our own. Instead of being told we have to or should do something.
The service I provided to the First Church of the Nazarene should be considered service learning. I got the chance to witness psychology in action by observing the various behaviors in people of different ages, learning teaching styles and how children learn differently.

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Revised Text:

My service learning project was completed with the First Church of the Nazarene in Winfield, Kansas. This organization is devoted to educating people of all ages about a higher power and to finding faith in God.

Members of the church believe that if everyone has someone to look to for guidance, it will help them to behave and will make life easier to deal with. They are organized by gathering in the church they built to worship and to learn about God. Attendees gather every Wednesday and Sunday to have services, at which they pray for people and read from the bible. The funding for the church comes from offerings and tithes that people donate every service.

While attending the First Church of the Nazarene for my service learning project, I had many responsibilities, such as; helping with the bus route, and Sunday school classes. I chose this organization because working with different ages is directly related to my field of study. I had the chance to observe different teaching techniques for different ages, how to work with them, and the different behaviors different people have. I was able to witness psychology in action. The things I learned, I can use in my everyday life and in a work place. Taking this class helped me to understand children and made it easier for me to work with them.

Doing my service learning while taking General Psychology helped me to understand what psychology is. Psychology is involved in everything from behaviors, to how we think and learn. Each child learns and understands differently and some children need more attention then others. The teachings used involve psychology because they are trying to educate the children in many different things, from behavior to writing and counting. We used positive reinforcement to teach the children that good behavior brings praise and rewards, while bad behavior comes with consequences. We tried to make learning fun for children so they didn’t feel that Sunday school was an actual school, making it easier for them to learn. These things will be imprinted into the children’s Long-Term Memory by using procedural memory, and will help them throughout their lives.

Service learning is a good way to learn and understand things, while working in the community. However, I do not believe that because you are a citizen you should be obligated to do service learning or volunteer work. Everyone should have a choice in what they want to do. We almost all do things to help the community and each other, but isn’t it better for us to make that choice on our own instead of being told we have to or should do something?

The service I provided to the First Church of the Nazarene should be considered service learning. I had the chance to witness psychology in action by observing various behaviors in people of differing ages, learning and teaching styles, and how children learn differently.

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