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Bethel High School and Langley airmen team up to teach students with real life relevance

Bethel High School and Joint Base Langley Eustis (JBLE) recently kicked off their Real Access to Diversity Team (RAD).  RAD is a joint partnership between teachers and airmen to provide relevance to lessons taught in the classroom.  They collaborate lessons so that the airmen can provide real-world life experiences to help the students see how what they are learning is used in real life after high school.

Teachers from all grade levels can request collaboration from the RAD program.  Math and science teachers have already taken advantage of inviting the partners into their classrooms.

Amber Morgan, a math teacher at Bethel, was one of the first to participate in the program and had this to say.

“My experience with the RAD team was extremely positive.  I spoke with the Tech Sergeant, and the Staff Sergeant before the class and discussed the flow of the class. I told them the topic of my lesson, then they told me how they could provide input.  I began my lesson, then gave them the floor.  They presented their use of geometry in their field, then I tied it in to our own curriculum.  They also opened the floor to students that had any questions for them including the job selection process.  This was important in letting students know, since they cannot select their job, they do not know what school subjects they will need, therefore they may need geometry in their career.  It was a wonderful experience for my students to see geometry in the real world and the importance of being able to apply math to real world scenarios.”

Staff Sergeant and Faculty & Staff of HCS"With our experience with the RAD team, our airman connected with my earth science class, which was studying minerals, the use of minerals in radio communications,” said Troy Thompson, science teacher at Bethel. “He shared that the radios used by the pilots and ground crews to communicate during missions run off of mineral crystals to produce the radio waves.”

“The airman for the second day related that the Air Force required meteorologists to make weather forecasts so that the fleet of planes could operate in a safe manner and be prepared for flight conditions over their flight path. We discussed the possibility of an airman accompanying us on field trips in the future and a visit of their environmental specialist to discuss plans to deal with sea level rise effect on the base,” said Thompson.

Titinesha Llewellyn, assistant principal at Bethel, said they are very excited about this program that has been two years in the making.

“The RAD Team partnership has ​had a smooth beginning with airmen collaborating within our math and science classrooms,” said Llewellyn. “We have since had requests from other subject areas such as English and feel confident that we will encounter the same positive results with student motivation, interests, and enhanced learning. Students become thoroughly engaged when they are able to visualize a connection with acquired learning to real life experiences.

Hampton High School started participating in the program last school year.


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