MA 107 Service-Learning

“The best way to learn math is to teach it.” Service-learning provides “real world” connections to the classroom; it looks great on your resume, and it helps to foster civic and corporate responsibility. It also brings much-needed support to struggling communities. Commit to ONE of these sites by following the instructions specific to the site.

FOR ALL SITES, be sure to explain to the site coordinator that you are focusing on MATH tutoring.

Project Options

A)  Math tutoring at Palolo Elementary School
1- to 2-hour shifts between 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. during any school day OR 2:10 pm – 3:15 pm on Mon/Tue/Thur/Fridays
Be sure to attend a pre-scheduled training if you have never tutored at Palolo Elementary. Returnees can start immediately, by arrangement with Mrs. Clemons. The school needs LOTS of volunteers! Learn more about this site.

B)  Math tutoring at Jarrett Middle School
1- to 2-hour shifts between 8:30 am – 1:30 pm during any school day OR 2:15 pm – 4:15 pm on Mon/Tue/Thur/Fridays.
Get started early in the term; intake requires clearing a background check, which may take a bit of time. Learn more about this site.

C)  Math tutoring at Next Step Homeless Shelter
This site is not specifically set up with a math-focus; that focus will be part of your responsibilities. Kids at the shelter need mentoring and tutoring in the evenings. You can help with math homework. Beyond that, you should play games or engage the kids in activities that make math “fun.”

1- to 2-hour shifts available between 5:30-7:30pm Sun/Mon/Tuesdays. At least 20 hours of service is required from each volunteer.
Be sure to follow instructions for making a commitment at Next Step & RSVP for a training if you have never served at the site. A limited number of volunteer placements are available. Learn more about this site.

D) Mentoring with the Stock Market Game
Palolo 4th- and 5th-graders participate each semester in the Stock Market Game. CUH students serve as mentors for the kids, getting to know them and encouraging them to set constructive goals. The Game is a means of facilitating this relationship-building and teaching academic concepts in a fun setting. Help kids learn to find answers to their questions online (responsible and cautious use of the internet), learn about ratios, fractions, and basic math, and learn to make ethical decisions. This term, participants have the opportunity to win medals and other prizes. Nursing students in MA107 have served as the “stars” of this project; please join us this semester!

10 Tuesdays 3:20-4:30 at Palolo Elementary Library.

One 30-60 minute training session will be scheduled (TBD). If you want to participate, send an email to BY JANUARY 25, 2017. State your name, mention MA107, and explain any prior understanding/experience related to the stock market. No experience is necessary. Learn more about this award-winning program.

E)  Math / college / career mentoring at Castle High School
Chaminade has a special relationship with Castle High School through the CFES (College for Every Student) Program. Mrs. Koren Fiefia is one of Castle’s CFES leaders, and she also teaches math to students aspiring to careers in healthcare – including nursing. You will serve as role models, mentoring the students and sharing your pathway through high school, to nursing. You will also help students master the math concepts being taught in class.

Shifts may be arranged with Mrs. Fiefia on school days. If you can commit to this site, please text her at (808) 741-6421. Share your first and last name. Explain that you are a nursing student in MA107, and share your availability for service. Respectfully arrange a schedule with her.

Report for service early, especially on your first day, to 45-386 Kaneohe Bay Dr, Kaneohe, HI 96744. Check in at the office first; you will need your ID. You can park in the visitor parking by the auditorium parking lot (second entrance.) There are signs to the main office. Mrs. Fiefia’s room is in the building next to the auditorium (it’s also right next to the main office), room 35.

Bring your Connection Form for a signature on your first day. After you submit this and obtain a timesheet, Mrs. Fiefia can sign for your first day of service as well.

F) Math tutoring at Ali’iolani Elementary School & Anuenue
These sites are undergoing some drastic changes in their afterschool program structure. These sites are currently closed. Once the schools make the decisions necessary, the information will be posted for Ali’iolani, and Anuenue.


You must choose a site from the list above. Absolutely no “double-dipping” in any capacity – your 10 hours must be done exclusively for this course. ONLY if you are doing 20+ hours of service-learning this term, you may count these 10 hours for more than one course.

If it’s your first time as a volunteer at the site you choose, you will need to attend training according to site policy. Training time does not count as “hours” but will be useful to you. Don’t miss the pre-scheduled trainings.

Connection Forms will be passed out in class. Because of this special arrangement, online registration is only needed if you are doing service-learning for more than one course<. You must complete any training necessary, obtain your site supervisor’s signature, submit your Connection Form to Henry 117, and pick up a timesheet BEFORE 2/7/2017. Timesheets are due to Henry 117 BEFORE 4/25/2017, UNLESS your program ends after that date.

Reflection Paper Requirements

Grading will be based on the learning demonstrated through your reflection paper. Before reflections are graded, you MUST complete 10+ hours of service and receive good/excellent evaluations from your site supervisor. Your paper should be in APA format.

How did the service experience help you achieve the course learning objectives stated in your syllabus?

Explicitly state which learning objectives you achieved, and explain the connection to specific experiences during your service.

Also, describe how the service experience contributed to your understanding of:

  • the importance of a basic knowledge of mathematical concepts and accuracy
  • the role of nurses as educators
  • the effects of culture, socioeconomic status, and learning styles on student learning
  • the value of helping others to learn and grow

Summarize your paper on one powerpoint slide. Submit a copy of your paper AND slide to