As a business teacher, I'm constantly thinking about the best ways to help my students learn and grow. And as a parent, I'm always looking for ways to support my son's education beyond the classroom.
Two years ago, my son bought a 1993 Toyota Celica, and it has been an incredible learning experience for him. Owning and fixing this car has taught him life skills that go beyond what school can offer.
Through working on the car, my son has applied concepts from math, science, English, and art to real-world situations. He's learned about budgeting, physics, funding, and statistics in ways that have made these concepts come alive for him.
The experience has also helped him develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork skills as he's worked with others to troubleshoot and fix issues with the car.
What's been most remarkable to me is how much my son has enjoyed this experience. He's learned in a way that's engaging, hands-on, and relevant to his interests and passions. And he's developed a sense of pride and ownership in the car that has translated into a deeper sense of responsibility and self-confidence.
As educators, we need to recognize the power of real-world learning experiences like this. While traditional classroom learning has its place, there's no substitute for the hands-on, practical learning that comes from engaging with the world around us.
As parents, we can also play a role in supporting our children's education beyond the classroom. Whether it's through buying a car, starting a garden, or engaging in other real-world experiences, we can help our children develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence they need to succeed in life.
So, I encourage all educators and parents to think about the power of real-world learning experiences. Let's create opportunities for our children to engage with the world around them and learn in ways that are engaging, practical, and relevant to their lives.