Haverford School has turned a campus construction site into a teaching opportunity to enhance lessons and expose its students to new job prospects they may have not otherwise considered, writes Maddie Hanna for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Last week, a group of seventh-grade students spent their science class on the construction site of the new middle school to get a primer on the building trades.
“Whether they end up building something themselves, or working in buildings as attorneys, they’re going to have a different appreciation for the building having seen this,” said headmaster John Nagl.
The idea to move the class to the construction site came after Joe Bello, president of the contractor, Adams Bickel Associates, noticed students peering through the fence at the site every day.
Jay Greytok, the middle school’s leader, embraced the idea. Now several teachers have scheduled their lessons outside.
In addition to science class, students from an art class also visited the site, using the opportunity to sketch the frame of the new building.
And while the educational aspect of the outings is important, it also provided a bonus for both the kids and teachers.
“Quite frankly, it’s fun,” said Greytok.
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