CONNECTING ACTIVITIES

Connecting activities connect classroom instruction to work-based learning. These activities challenge the student to apply basic concepts learned in class to their specific training station.


COMPONENTS OF CONNECTING ACTIVITIES

  • Activities based directly on course competencies that are applicable to the workplace
  • Two activities per grading period (can be adjusted according to school calendar)
  • Answer sheets for each activity
  • Evaluation sheets for each activity


BENEFITS

  • Direct application of course competencies
  • Demonstrates relevance of curriculum to the workplace
  • Promotes a closer working relationship between student and employer
  • Promotes cooperative education program as a learning experience
  • Provides strong basis for objective evaluation of student application of course competencies on the job
  • Minimizes negative effect of supervisor turnover on coordination process
  • Requires students to apply classroom learning to a realistic situation
  • Requires students to explore different aspects of the training station
  • Makes student aware of course requirements and evaluation criteria from the beginning
  • Presents a format that is easy for both teacher coordinators and students to follow and use


TIPS FOR EFFECTIVE USE OF CONNECTING ACTIVITIES

  • Furnish students with the complete set of connecting activities in a 1-inch binder at the orientation meeting
  • Put a label with the student name on outside of notebook for easy identification
  • Develop a calendar of due dates for the year
  • Require students to turn in the entire notebook when connecting activities are due
  • Offer help sessions to review and/or explain competencies that will be applied in the upcoming connecting activity
  • Copy evaluation sheets in a different color for easy identification as a divider between activities