Tilisa Adkins has taught entrepreneurship and business law at Scotland High School since 2007. During that period she also became a certified REAL facilitator and attended the “Boomerang” workshop to learn even more about REAL techniques. She is a fantastic proponent of how REAL actually works in a classroom setting.
She speaks of the benefits REAL offers students by saying, “It’s a hands-on application. If we have covered something, then the activities pull it together. The benefits to students are limitless and it means so much to me that I have something to draw from easily.”
Tilisa is expanding her use of REAL to offer Youth Entrepreneurship Camps. Scotland County recently received a GEAR UP grant to offer week-long camps in different topic areas including agriculture, business, culinary and health science.
She has a few tips for other REAL facilitators. “I recruit heavily anyone in public high schools to attend NC REAL. It’s such a great supplement . . . I rely on it. People need to go to the training and take the time to study the activities and know them. Take the time to map out a plan. I took the book home after the training and went through it and the flash drive. Learn the material. If you put it aside, it’s totally worthless.”