A few weeks ago English Instructor Conred ‘Red’ Maddox had his students work in the campus’s dry land māla, Ka Māla ‘o Niuhelewai, as a part of a service learning assignment. After the experience his students composed an essay outlining the activities they did in the māla, share what they learned, and how the act of volunteerism will help them after college. Included in their assignment was service learning pedagogy and theory to support their papers.
For Red’s class they are not simply doing another writing assignment, his students learned about a special garden in the heart of our campus all the while putting in some sweat equity giving back to the ‘āina.
Another great example of how classrooms from different learning disciplines are helping one another to benefit the greater campus community while learning about our sense of place to promote student success!