Teachers Visit Businesses to Learn to Teach Real World Work Experiences


ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Summer break is giving District 205 a chance to learn the best ways to teach real world work experience in the classroom.

Photos of Forest City landmarks line the walls at Larson and Darby Group. The architectural firm has worked on all of the buildings in some way and teachers are learning how.

“For me to be able to have the opportunity to talk with different companies that we’re going to be working with and getting those students prepared for the real world in making the connection to after high school,” said Amy Waddle, a staff member with Intensive Instructional Support for Students with Autism at Jefferson High School.

Dozens of educators are learning about different companies and how to make that work experience relevant to students to help with career academies. Academies go wall to wall at Jefferson High School in the fall.

Waddle says she’s taking back lessons from her visit at Larson and Darby.

“Ok well, we have these dimensions when we work with the contractors and start to build it how do these add up, if the numbers don’t add up what do we need to do? The geometric side of things, with the shapes, of how they create things with the different architectural designs.”

So kids, you might need math after all. It’s not just students getting help. Companies will also benefit.
“We see the opportunity here for us to have employees that have learned the skills we need to support our business,” said John Saunders, Vice President/Principal of Larson and Darby Group.

Today more than 100 staff members from RPS each visited two companies. There were about 50 total that participated. Tomorrow, these teachers will put together presentations about the careers they observed and company representatives will be listening. The presentation will then be used in classrooms to help teach students about careers.


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