Entrepreneurial Field Trip–Teaching Entrepreneurship both In and Outside the Classroom!
NFIB’s Young Entrepreneur Foundation has created educational curriculum specifically to be used outside the classroom, in the educational setting of a small business environment. Teaching entrepreneurship can be difficult, but more importantly, it’s essential to the success of our young people.
Entrepreneurial literacy and skills becomes essential to equip students for 21st Century opportunities, which means the American education system needs to include entrepreneurial teaching in the classroom and adults in the lives of young people need to begin talking about it outside the classroom too. Entrepreneurship education is a building block for a well-rounded education which promises to make school rigorous, relevant, and engaging, and creates the possibility for unleashing and cultivating creative energies and talents among students.
Let’s take a look at one unique way to encourage entrepreneurship education, by incorporating the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work program. Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day occurs on April 25, 2013. But the NFIB curriculum (www.nfib.com/take-daughters-sons-to-work) can be used any day of the year. Check out the following activities and lesson plans:
- Small Business Scavenger Hunt is a great way to let young people explore a small business environment, while allowing them to ask questions about the things they see.
- What Makes an Entrepreneur? Lesson Plan gets students talking about what entrepreneurship means and what it takes to be an entrepreneur. It gets them thinking critically about the challenges and rewards of being an entrepreneur.
- Setting Goals Lesson Plan Setting goals is a life skill that everyone needs to learn. Doing so in the setting of a small business makes this lesson come to life for students.
- Budgeting Lesson Plan Financial literacy is important for all young people. This activity is a fun, hands on way to allow students to create a budget and put it to use.
- Marketing Lesson Plan teaches young people about communication, leadership, and persuasion. This activity allows the students to get creative and have fun, while learning.
- Interviews of Small Business Professionals Lesson Plan helps students learn about asking good questions and really listening to the answers. This activity will allow the students to learn life lessons from an entrepreneurial expert.
- Small Business Word Find will help introduce the idea of entrepreneurship to students, by showing them words that go into owning a small business.
- Small Business Crossword Puzzle will help students become familiar with the definitions of some entrepreneurial words.
For Small Business Owners and Employees
Small business owners or employees can use the NFIB Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work curriculum to host a group of young people in their business environment. The above activities are designed to be easy to facilitate for small business employees, with no teaching background. It enables young people to experience the work that small business employees do each day, and is a fun way to introduce the idea of entrepreneurship to young people. Invite a classroom/Boy or Girl Scout troupe/4-H club/ or any other youth development program into your place of business and help introduce entrepreneurship as a viable career option for young people in your community.
Educators can use this curriculum to plan a fieldtrip for their group of young people, creating a hands-on educational experience. The above curriculum can help guide your class through a full day of entrepreneurial education within a small business. If going on a field trip to a small business is not a viable option, then you can create a small business environment within your classroom. All of the activities (except the small business scavenger hunt) could be recreated in the classroom. Some activities may be enhanced by inviting a small business employee to help facilitate the curriculum. All the activities are created so that educators, who don’t feel as comfortable with the idea of entrepreneurship, can facilitate it easily. Help your students learn the important life skills that go into being an entrepreneur.
Further Classroom Discussion
After implementing these activities in your educational setting, ask the participants to discuss what they learned:
• Does learning about entrepreneurship make you want to start your own business some day? Why or why not?
• What kind of business would you start?
• Do you know anyone who owns their own business? What do you think would be the most challenging part of their job?
• What part of today’s activities did you enjoy the most? Why?
• How could you use the skills we learned today in your everyday life?
• Use any of NFIB’s Entrepreneur in the Classroom modules to take a more in depth look at entrepreneurship www.eitccurriculum.com.
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.