As we enter the holiday season, it may be a good time to consider conducting a unit of service learning in your classroom.
For secondary students, a service learning unit might begin before the Thanksgiving break and continue until the semester ends late in January.
For elementary students, a unit of service learning that begins upon students’ return from their Thanksgiving break and ends just before Winter Break may be enough.
A type of project-based learning, service learning is one way of extending kindness to others that is very well suited to students and classes of all grades and levels of ability.
“Service-learning is a teaching methodology that enables students to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to meaningful service to the community” (ASU).
While it is easy to perceive how recipients of service benefit from the efforts of students, the advantages of service learning to students are less obvious but critically important.