Resources for Educators
The majority of time spent in business class should be devoted to exploring the depths and nuances of this subject area. One of the most difficult challenges a business teacher has is deciding which activities to do. Include a variety of active learning techniques so you don’t always rely on discussions. The following activities can be done for a variety of topics.
- Graduate Panel: Graduate panels bring an element of reality to business class. Plus they are a great opportunity to reinforce what you’ve been teaching.
- Self-Assessment: Oftentimes learners have no idea what career path to take. Do personality tests to assess their strengths and weaknesses. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the various career options.
- Simulations: Practicing activities helps to diminish fear associated with those activities, and enhances confidence and competency.
- Discussions: Discussions can be an effective tool to build rapport among learners, inspire the class to learn more about a topic, encourage critical thinking skills and gauge what learners know.
- Projects: Projects are excellent ways for learners to demonstrate knowledge and their abilities to analyze, synthesize and evaluate material. They can be done individually or in groups.
- Visualizations: Creative visualization can help learners stay inspired, energized and on track.
- Demonstrations: Demonstrations are effective, easy to organize, no-cost methods for active learning. Demonstrations can be done to teach topics, such as interviewing techniques, setting boundaries and communications.
- Games: Games that are fun and challenging promote active learning, encourage participation and enhance assimilation of the lesson content.
- Field Trips: Visiting different types of businesses often provides learners a new prospective and a dose of reality. Take them to different work environments as well as other companies that they might work with in the future (e.g., printer, laundry service).