Editorial: Innovative class provides real-world experiences

Franklin Community High School teacher Don Wettrick wanted a course that improved students’ research, communication and collaboration skills but also showed them how to use those skills outside school.

He handpicked the 22 students for the class, knowing the format wouldn’t work for everyone. Students select their projects and are graded based on the projects’ goals they set, whether those goals cover Indiana’s academic standards and how hard they’re working to attain the goals. To get a good grade, students need to be able to work independently and prove they’ve done everything possible to meet their deadlines.

The goal of the class is to start showing students the kinds of jobs they can get if they’re able to think and work creatively, Wettrick said.

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