Business Education Resources: Get Creative!

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We know–there is a vast amount of content to cover in your business education course. You can’t be everything to everyone so how are you juggling the diverse topics? Get creative about your business education resources!

I recently read about some New York City schools that with the help of Citizen Schools had started an enrichment program that provides business mentors to middle school students. The program matches up students with volunteer business mentors who help the students to budget and market a fictional business. At the end of the 10 week period, the students present their work to their mentors and teachers. The program has been proven in other cities to increase attendance and achievement.

With the vast amount of content to cover in a business education course, are you trying to be everything to everyone?

Engage students with creative business education resources

You can’t be a subject matter expert in everything. Take a page from the New York City Schools and consider implementing a mentorship program. With the help of Citizen Schools, they started an enrichment program that provides business mentors to middle school students. The program matches up students with volunteer business mentors who help the students to budget and market a fictional business. At the end of the 10-week period, the students present their work to their mentors and teachers. The program has been proven in other cities to increase attendance and achievement.

Invite guest speakers to present to your class

Perhaps including guests such as local business volunteers or visitors into your lesson plans can help stretch your content coverage and get your students interested and engaged in their learning. Your students would likely enjoy a new voice or face, and the opportunity to learn from a variety of people, not just you. (Don’t take it personally!)

How to Find Guests

  • Local business owners might like to come in and share a specific experience or aspect of their business.
  • Check with your students. What do their parents and networks do? They might have someone perfect for your next class on personal finance.
  • Work with your local chamber of commerce. They might be willing to include a mention in their upcoming e-newsletter.
  • And of course, your own networks. Who’s on Facebook talking about their latest achievement? Ask them in to talk about it to the class.

How it Would Work

You can make it as simple or as elaborate as you desire.

  • Have your volunteers come in for a class period or two.
  • Business volunteers can do more than talk about THEIR business and what they do. Assign your volunteers a topic, such as GNP, and allow them to cover that content.
  • Perhaps having on-site visitors is too complicated or too much of an imposition on your volunteers. Why not have them “visit” your classroom via Google+Skype, or Ovoo? All you and your volunteers need is a Web cam and a (free) account.
  • Before the guest arrives, make sure your students understand this is material for which they will be responsible.

Being a business education teacher doesn’t mean you have to be a subject matter expert in all areas of business. It means you know how to lead, engage and take advantage of creative business education resources.

Take advantage of the business education resources that are all around you–your local business people.

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