Great American Teach-Off Finalist Christopher Pennington Makes a Case for His Classroom
Some of you are old enough to remember taking wood shop class, or home economics, or even auto shop. Some of you have no idea what I'm talking...
One year later, we have expanded the program to include a cooking class, a green house and a bicycle repair shop. The students are engaged in their learning and we are just scratching the surface of what kinds of curriculum are possible. How can we provide for our community? How can our community inform our classes? What about partnerships with local businesses? It's a very exciting time for us!
The biggest growing pain we are experiencing is in the area of funding, of course. We have a $200 annual budget. We spend that almost immediately and the rest is shouldered by the teachers themselves. As our programs have grown, our costs have swelled, and it is becoming ridiculous to think we can continue to pay for it all our of our pockets.