TIMA integrates a community service method called service-learning into its curriculum.
Service-learning is a method…
- under which students learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized service experiences that meet actual community needs and that are coordinated in collaboration with the school and community;
- that is integrated into the students' academic curriculum or provides structured time for the student to think, talk, or write about what the student did and saw during the actual service activity;
- that provides students with opportunities to use newly acquired skills and knowledge in real-life situations in their own communities; and
- that enhances what is taught in school by extending student learning beyond the classroom and into the community and helps to foster the development of a sense of caring for others.
(From the National and Community Service Act of 1990)
How is Service-Learning Different from Community Service?
Service-learning differs from other forms of volunteerism or community service because of the focus on connecting the service experience to the curriculum. During service-learning students actively participate in the process of their learning by integrating and applying knowledge from various subject areas as they work to improve their communities.
Why is Service-Learning Important?
- Students benefit academically, socially, and emotionally.
- Students develop life skills with the goal of promoting future civic responsibility and active participation in their community.
- Students are exposed to the diversity of their community.
- Allows teachers to make school more relevant for their students.
- Community partners receive needed services or support through a mutually beneficial relationship.