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SERVICE LEARNING. HORT 4012 University Terrace Jason Kelly and Edward Heard. Purpose of the Service Learning Program. Extending the role of the University by providing a needed service in the community, while gaining practical skill and experience in the in the context of a University class:

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service learning

SERVICE LEARNING

HORT 4012

University Terrace

Jason Kelly and Edward Heard

purpose of the service learning program
Purpose of the Service Learning Program
  • Extending the role of the University by providing a needed service in the community, while gaining practical skill and experience in the in the context of a University class:
  • To lead 5th grade students at local elementary schools through the Junior Master Gardener Program and teach gardening methods.

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what we learned
What We Learned
  • Following rules – to work and learn together, we must respect orderly progress.
  • Garden schedules – planning the time needed for gardening activities

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what we learned4
What We Learned
  • Temperature zones – different plants need different climate conditions
  • Planting seasonal annuals – warm season crops and cool season crops

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what we learned5
What We Learned
  • Planting dates – using LSU Agriculture Center publications
  • Harvesting crops – when and how to pick vegetables
  • Fruit or vegetable – botanical vs. customary definitions

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what we learned6
What We Learned
  • Scientific names – same in all languages
  • Landscape design – plan how land will be used
  • Light requirements – full sun, shadeor partial shade

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what we learned7
What We Learned
  • Color in design – complementary colors, color wheel
  • Locating seeds – fruit shape, number and arrangement
  • Transplants – head start in the spring with greenhouse when its cold outside

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what we learned8
What We Learned
  • Planting methods – hole 2X width of container, remove roots intact, plant root-ball level, water
  • Plant texture – adds feel to garden views
  • Food Guide Pyramid proper amounts of all food groups needed

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what we learned9
What We Learned
  • Buds – leaves and flowers, terminal vs. lateral bud growth
  • Tree height – if tree was sideways, it could be measured
  • Herbs – identification based on texture and odor

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what i learned
What I Learned
  • Keeping students motivated by the value of learning is the key to their attention.
  • When students are peaceful, they show phenomenal capability to intelligently exercise new skills.
  • Progress was made when misbehavior was reported to the teacher for correction.
  • I enjoy sharing my knowledge and ambition with young people interested in Horticulture.
  • School gardening is informative and fun.

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what i learned11
What I learned
  • The students worked best when the projects kept them busy.
  • Their attention was best kept by getting them interested in the projects.
  • Discipline was necessary but seldom needed to any extent.
  • It was pleasurable to see students learn new subjects on Horticulture.
  • Service Learning courses should be taught at all schools.

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overall course evaluation
Overall Course Evaluation
  • The activities were interesting, interactive, and well suited to learning environment.
  • Students enjoyed the class periods, and were eager to participate and ask thoughtful questions.
  • I gained teaching experience and confidence in my horticultural skills as a leader.
  • We performed a valuable service for the community.

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service learning at university terrace
Service Learning at University Terrace

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