Greenwood’s Cooperative Education program allows students to experience the world of work during six hours of placement experience per week, and integrates the learning they do at their placements into one classroom session every two weeks.
Students share their experiences face-to-face in the classroom, and also through blogging and our class Twitter profile: @WatsonCoop.
Teaching co-op to Grade 11 students lends itself well to personalized learning, as each student is placed within the field that most interests them in a position that best suits their ability.
Each project, along with the expectations for the process and the final product, is personalized for the placement and the student. Even if there are two students at the same placement location, they will complete different projects based on their strengths and interests.
The project caters to the specific learning goals of the experiences they had in the first months of their placement, and requires that an authentic final product or task that directly relates to these experiences is completed.
Examples of projects for this year are below, with some students interviews about their projects and what they liked best:
- An analysis and comparison of successful online marketing campaigns: Celia Torrey ('15)
- Concussion research and media awareness presentation: Jordyn Browne ('15)
- Drum clinic marketing: Justin Stangeland ('15)
- Grade 8 music lesson plan: Nate Daviau ('15)
- Hospital volunteer training manual: Ava O’Toole ('15)
- Menu and website planning for a catering company: Frances Howlett ('15)
- Musical casting day logistics and implementation: Mackenzie Skogland Munro ('15)
- Recreational activity coordination for retirement home residents: Erica Keaveney ('15)
- Special needs assistance: Avery Smith ('15)
- Sports writing: Ian Rotz ('15)