According to school officials and parents, the first-ever experiment in encouraging Middletown youth to think about their future careers works
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — It was the first-ever experiment in encouraging Middletown students to think about their future occupations, and both school officials and parents agree that the trial was successful.
In lieu of attending regular classes on Tuesday, kids and their families at Middletown Schools were given the opportunity to select from a list of potential careers or other areas of interest.
The event, which was the first one of its kind in the school system and was given the moniker “Personalized Learning Day,” had the objective of providing kids with the opportunity to explore potential career paths in the future while also encouraging them to do so.
According to Debbie Houser, who is the assistant superintendent of the Middletown School District, “the curriculum team at Middletown Schools built a tailored learning experience for around 6,000 students and 700 staff members.” Because we added three more days for staff to participate in professional development this year, we were able to set aside one day for students to choose how they wanted to spend their time.
Students were given the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities outside of the traditional classroom setting, such as having lunch with school resource officers, participating in a virtual meeting with the football coach from Middletown, and doing both of these things.
“Many different families came to the Midpointe Library, and some of them even went on vacation to the United States. “Air Force Museum (Dayton) in addition to a great deal more,” stated Houser.
According to Elizabeth Beadle, a spokeswoman for Middletown Schools, the ongoing development of education necessitates various innovations. One of these is the broadening of the real-world experiences of educators so that they are better able to communicate with students what is necessary for them to be successful.
According to Beadle, “Every member of the Middletown staff is participating in training to learn about workforce skills and what it means for our children and their futures.”
“The days of a’sit and get’ education are going the way of the dodo, and that is true for teachers just as much as it is for students. On days designated for professional development, Middletown is taking measures to ensure that its employees have access to time away from the office.
This past Tuesday, we took our teachers on a field trip to the Middletown Municipal Airport, the Cincinnati library, and to one of our gym teachers’ classes where they learned about physical education. She explained that by engaging in the activity that educators are most passionate about – learning – “we are reintroducing joy into the teaching profession.”
Heather Magill, whose three children are enrolled in the municipal schools, shared that all three of her children found the one-of-a-kind experiences to be enjoyable and educational. The son of Magill, who was only 14 years old at the time, secured a job as a bagger at the neighborhood Kroger after attending his very first job interview there. Her eldest child, who is interested in pursuing a prospective career as a wildlife officer, spent the day observing one of those officers at a nearby park as part of his research.
“At initially, I did have some reservations about it (the Personalized Learning Day), mostly due to the fact that I didn’t want them to squander their time. “But now that they have done it and how much they have talked about it later… I know it was truly an awesome concept,” she remarked.