How attending entrepreneurship class in high school can Help Students and their future
You want what’s best for your students and sometimes that means going beyond the standard curriculum. The way our system is set up, students aren’t prepared financially to enter adulthood and it’s not just that they don’t know how to manage their money, they don’t have an entrepreneurial mindset which is crucial in today’s world. Entrepreneurship class in high school can be of great importance for a student.
The business landscape is changing exponentially today and young adults will need many more skills than are typically taught in school. Learning about entrepreneurship helps develop a problem-solving mindset, encourages positive life skills, and helps students think outside the box, which are all key factors in successful adulthood today.
How entrepreneurship Helps Students
When you teach students to be entrepreneurs you aren’t saying they must open their own business. Instead, you are helping them create a mindset that’s necessary to succeed in adulthood whether they work for someone or themselves.
You can teach students hands-on with projects as well as with various skills throughout their classroom time to help them develop the mindset necessary to succeed.
How to Teach Students to be Entrepreneurs
There’s no right or wrong way to teach students to be entrepreneurs, but here are four great ways to start!
Use Entrepreneur Business Projects
A direct way to teach students about entrepreneurship is to plan entrepreneur business projects. They’ll learn about things like branding, unique selling points, pricing, market research, and how to succeed.
Projects like this will help them think outside of the box and outside of the normal curriculum that’s provided to them. Instead, they come up with the problem and solution for it and it helps develop their mind in a way normal curriculum won’t.
Allow More Speaking Opportunities
A big part of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship class in high school in particular, is being able to pitch your ideas to others which means a lot of public speaking. Rather than just assigning speeches, find creative ways to promote interaction in the classroom.
Debates, seminars, and group projects are all ways to get students talking to one another, pitching their ideas, and getting used to talking in front of others.
Teach more Self-Awareness
Students can learn about entrepreneurship by being more self-aware. What are their passions? What do they want to see different in this world? Get them thinking about what matters to them and they’ll start thinking in alternative ways, rather than in ways that have been laid out for them! Ask them, what problem could they solve in our world? How can they serve others and add value to an industry?
They’ll learn how to think for themselves and others. Students will learn how to promote their ideas and stand up for what they believe in, helping to make a difference for themselves and the world.
Use Real-Life Tools
There are hundreds of ways to implement real-life tools used in the business world in school. Help your students learn how to start a blog with WordPress, how to start a YouTube channel, or even start a GoFundMe.
Go through the motions as if it were real and let them see how it all works. The more familiar they get with projects like these now, the easier the transition into real life will be for them when they’re older. They’ll have a much smaller learning curve than we did as adults as all this technology came out once we were done with school. Most of us are not nearly as proficient with computers and tablets as the younger generations!
The Advantages of Learning about How to Run a Business Early On
You might think your students are too young to think about running a business or to get any advantages from it. But learning how to create a business in entrepreneur class in high school, or indeed in whichever class your teach, can have many positive results!
Here are just some of the ways they can benefit…
Helps Improve Grades
Some kids like to think in unusual ways. The normal school day can be a lot of pressure on them and honestly, even make them bored. They may lose interest in school or caring about their grades.
When you implement curriculum that is exciting and something they are passionate about, it excites them about school and often makes them care more about their grades overall.
Develops their Feeling of Self-Worth
Students often struggle to like themselves when among peers and others that they view as ‘better than them.’ When you help kids with self-awareness and to learn what they’re passionate about, it helps increase their feelings of self-worth.
This can have many advantages in their school career including better attendance, better grades, and just a feeling of overall wellness. They’ll have a more positive outlook on life and will push themselves to do more challenging things.
Gives Students a Reason to Attend School
School for some students can feel like a chore and many even refuse to go! When school involves something that allows them to think how they think rather than being told to follow a textbook, they are better able to succeed.
Kids who find passion in school will want to continue their education moving forward. They’ll make plans for life after high school, whether that’s college, trade school, or any other plans that help them create a great future.
Teaching kids about entrepreneurship and business now can be a skill they carry with them for the future. It can help them during their high school years as they try to figure out where they belong and what they want to do with their life. Entrepreneurship class in high school is the ideal setting for this development.
Entrepreneurship can also help students find their own self-worth and be able to handle what life throws at them. Life gets harder as kids get older, but the more skills you can provide them with at a young age, the easier it will be for them to find their way in their high school and post-high school years.