Cookie baking can be a valuable teaching tool.
Adrienne Applegate at Irmo High School did.
As the job coach at the school, Applegate's task is to get high school juniors and seniors ready for the job market.
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And baking cookies during the holidays - in this case pizzelles - seemed like a win-win situation.
"They get to practice everything in a job. Listening to directions. Helping each other. learning from mistakes. And don't give up," Applegate said.
Plus they get to enjoy the classic wafer cookie that originated in Italy. A pizzelle tastes similar to a soft waffle cone, with powdered sugar sprinkled on top.
As Applegate explained the process, the five students in her class surrounded a table, one mixing the batter, one manning the pizzelle iron, one holding a timer. The board in the front of the classroom gave their assignments.
"I like to help and assist everyone and we all work as a team to get the job done," said Naheem Newman, a 16-year-old junior.
Senior Katie Hurt and junior Tonay Williams said they got to combine school with one of their favorite hobbies - cooking.
"I love to cook. I like to bake more than anything," Hurt said.
Williams agreed: "I like the food and the cooking, which is my favorite thing to do. I help my mom in the kitchen a lot."
It's Applegate's first year at the school, after working for a dozen years at the Department of Juvenile Justice. It's the hands-on learning she thinks goes a long way with her students.
"You can only do so much on paper. They need to put it into practice."