Teaching Entrepreneurship in 30 Minutes or Less Part 3: (Free Award Winning Syllabus and Lesson Plan)

October 31, 2012 at 9:54 pm 1 comment

Want to teach entrepreneurship to a class, kids, grandkids (yourself) in 30 minutes or an hour? Here’s part 3 in our 3 part series.

The EITC (Entrepreneur in the Classroom) curriculum is comprised of three downloadable Powerpoints and has been taught to approximately 100,000 students a year for the past six years.

As mentioned in first and second parts of this series, we’ve recently updated this entrepreneurship curriculum, and here’s a post to give you a quick 30 minute exercise – a personal favorite of  EITC curriculum author, Kathy Korman Frey.

30 minute exercise #3 (for a class, family, and more)

Prep step: Free registration. Register for the free EITC curriculum here.

Part I: Watch this video  featuring Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Ernest L Arbuckle professor, Harvard Business School, and HR Most Influential 2012 International Thinker.

Rosabeth Moss Kanter – “Kanter’s Law”

Part II: Discuss

  • What does Professor Kanter mean by “everything seems like a failure in the middle?”
  • Discuss an example of a time you were “in the middle” of something and it felt like a failure.  How did it turn out? What did you learn? Would you do anything differently next time?
  • How do you think entrepreneurs (people who start their own business) feel when they are in the middle and there are many “unknowns?” Is it easy, or hard? How do you think they get through it?

Suggested 30 minute timing: Video, approximately five minutes; Discussion 20 minutes. Summary & wrap up: 5 minutes.

More: Want this + a variation of the discussion on PowerPoint? See slides 5 and 6 (Exercise 3-1) in the EITC Free Curriculum: Module 3.

Optional (additional 30 minutes to 1 hour):

  • For groups: Each participant presents for 30 seconds to one minute on their own experience with “Kanter’s Law.”
  • For individuals: Write up a one page (max) “case study” on their experience with Kanter’s Law including: Setting goal / plan, middle, end, their thoughts at each step, and a list of one to three key takeaways or things they learned from the situation.

What is covered in EITC Module 3?

  • Learn the Basics of Business Planning
  • Understand Funding Landscape and Options
  • Map out Government Agencies and their Relationship with Business Owners

The bottom line of this 30 minute exercise – “If I am going to face challenges in life, and my career, or in starting a business some day – How can I get through the middle where ‘everything seems like a failure?’ Why is this ability to overcome challenge important?” 

Are you an educator? Be sure to see our EITC Educators Corner.

More information

Know a Young Entrepreneur? Nominate them here.

EITC: 3 free PPTs to teach entrepreneurs. Click here.

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.

Related links:

Follow NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation on Twitter

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Follow blog author Kathy Korman Frey on Twitter


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