One learning area that is important for teachers to engage students in is service learning. What is service learning? Service learning is a way for students to do something that betters their community AND engages students in academic learning. It takes the service and educational pieces and puts them together into one project. I try to include a “service learning” component at least three times a year that coincide with the curriculum. My goal is to have the students come up with ideas, but it takes time to get them thinking “big” to see projects in the community.