If Hillsboro High School’s Tech Innovations class is any indication (see Page 8B), the “hands-on learning” movement is taking education to a new level of academic expression and—dare we say it?—fun for students.
HHS instructor Lance Sawyer likes to call the approach “real-life learning” because it’s problem-based. In other words, when given a challenge, figure out how to apply the theoretical concepts you’ve been taught in tangible ways. Trial-and-error is key to discovering a successful solution.
The approach seems to have captured the imagination of the students. The class we featured is comprised solely of male students, but Sawyer’s second section has female students, too, and the interest appears to transcend gender.
Who knew learning could be so fun? —DR