Teaching Entrepreneurship in 30 Minutes or Less (Free Award Winning Syllabus and Lesson Plan)
Want to teach entrepreneurship to a class, kids, grandkids (yourself) in 30 minutes or an hour? The EITC (Entrepreneur in the Classroom) curriculum is comprised of three downloadable Powerpoints and has been taught to approximately 40,000 students a year for the past six years.
We’ve recently updated the curriculum, and here’s a post to give you a quick 30 minute exercise in each module that is one of my personal favorites as an intro. I am the curriculum author, Kathy Korman Frey, and teach a nationally award-winning entrepreneurship course at the George Washington University School of Business. So scroll down, dig in, and have fun.
30 minute exercise #1
Prep step: Register for the free EITC curriculum here.
Part I: 15 Minutes – Exercise 1-3 Characteristics of an Entrepreneur.
- Starting on page 10 of Module 1, discuss the entrepreneurial traits.
Part II: 15 Minutes – Exercise 1-4 Your Entrepreneurial Passion.
- Starting on page 12 of Module 1, watch the video and lead a discussion using the questions on the following page as a guide.
Optional (additional 30 minutes to 1 hour):
- Each student presents for 30 seconds to one minute on their passion area.
- Advanced: How they could see their passion area as a business, product, or service (or social service / aka social entrepreneurship).
The full module teaching points.
- Understand perceptions and definitions of entrepreneurship and small business.
- Identify major characteristics of an entrepreneur.
- Learn about the role small business plays in the U.S. yesterday and today.
The bottom line of this 30 minute exercise – “Do I know any entrepreneurs or small business people? What are they like? Do I have any of those traits? About what am I passionate?”
Stay tuned for 30 minute exercise #2 and #3 in this series.
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The NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization promoting the importance of small business and free enterprise to the nation’s youth. More information is available at www.NFIB.com/YEF. The Foundation is associated with the National Federation of Independent Business; NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals.
Entrepreneur In The Classroom. The NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation Entrepreneur-in-the-Classroom (EITC) supplemental curriculum exposes students to entrepreneurship and the necessary steps to take an idea and turn it into a business. The free curriculum can be integrated into classes teaching a variety of subjects including music, art, fashion, business and many more. You must be registered to view the full Entrepreneur-in-the-Classroom curriculum.
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