I was extremely nervous going into a class which had not fully been developed and also to teach a class that had so many new components that I was learning day by day.
I felt a lot of anxiety, given that I am pre-tenure in my new position, and student feedback is very important to this process. From my experience, students can sense fear and lack of preparation and use this as a weapon!!
However, I have taken one class at a time, one new element at a time and really enjoyed exploring the new materials. Instead of trying to make the shoe fit the ugly sister, I have modified elements to fit my class and their needs and have very much enjoyed the process so far. More than anything, I have enjoyed the fact that we have spend 4-5 weeks exploring the issue of problem solving in multiple ways.
In previous classes, students have been convinced that they had the right solution to a problem by week 2 and no matter what research they found, they wouldn’t pivot appropriately given the new evidence.
However, I am still enjoying saying to them “that is a solution… tell me the problem” and “let the research shape your offering, not your own opinion”. That approach is so much harder for the students as they have less control over the outcomes, but so much more rewarding.
So far the program has worked well. I believe the initial weeks were great to engage the students and to keep them motivated. Since there are some tweaks still needed it made a little harder to make the students focus on the experience of the course more than the experience with the materials. I think there is too many lessons on interviewing, although I see its utility. I’m excited to test the 60 minute MVP. Hopefully this will engage students more and take them to next level. The only thing I’m not sure about is the pricing. We are making all in our power to bring lower cost materials to our students and $99 is a little steep when in comparison with other full fledged textbook or publisher combos that could be accessible for $35 or less.
OUR RESPONSE TO THOMAS:
Full Class Engagement
If you want to start your class with a bang of energy and active learning, give the Marshmallow Challenge a shot.
Justin and I both love it. We think you, and your students, will will too 🙂
Complete details, including all the instructions for you, are in the lesson plan below.
Get the “Why Business Plans Fail” Lesson Plan
We’ve created a detailed lesson plan for the Marshmallow Challenge exercise to walk you, and your students through the process, step-by-step.
It’s free for any/all entrepreneurship teachers. Please feel free to share it.
All we ask is that you leave us some feedback on it in the comments below so we can improve it!
In an upcoming post, we will take you on a tour of our Experiential Entrepreneurship Curriculum so you can see behind the curtain and determine if it’s something you want to offer your students in the Spring semester.
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