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- Dave L., Teacher
- San Antonio, TX
Small Business Teacher Resources
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Delve into the idea of small businesses and get reading to find out how they grow. THe class reads an article about Steve Gotty, a who made his small business grow and discuss the setbacks he faced. They also discuss ways for a company to overcome fear, government, and unproductive employees in the workplace.
Students examine the role of Peace Corps volunteers. In this service lesson, students investigate service projects that feature agriculture, small business, education, environmental education, and health concerns in the country. Students explore the effectiveness of each of the projects.
Students differentiate between positive and negative employee incentives and develop sets of them for an imaginary business. In pairs, they complete an interactive project for starting a business and supporting it with incentives. They exchange their business plans with other classmates and critique them.
Students will be divided into teams of 3 or 4 depending on the size of your class. After surveying some of the small retail businesses in their community, each team will select one business, contact its owner or manager, introduce themselves and explain their proposed project. The teams will then interview on video the owner or manager about their business and gather information on various elements and processes in running that business.
High schoolers explore the concept of health costs. In this health costs lesson, students read an article discussing how female bosses are less likely to cut health benefits. High schoolers discuss why companies are eliminating health care benefits. Students discuss possible costs for entrepreneurs and label them as a female, male, or gender-neutral priority.
Students explore the concept of women entrepreneurs. In this women entrepreneurs lesson, students read an article about women opening their own businesses. Students discuss factors influencing women to become entrepreneurs. Students conduct interviews with people who have a job in non-traditional role, for example a male nurse or female doctor.
How has automobile technology affected the United States and its citizens? After reading an introductory article, class members participate in a jigsaw activity designed to explore this question. After gathering information and filling out responses to the provided questions, pupils compose a five-paragraph essay using their research as evidence.