The classroom teacher as entrepreneur … a daring thought

Education and reform….

I can count on one hand the times I have read or heard about entrepreneurship education in mainstream media. The crisis of education, NCLB (No child left behind) legislation, standardized testing, violence in the classroom, school funding…on and on and on. Yes, there is a consensus — Overall the current K-12 education is in need of reform.

Education and Innovation

Education reform doesn’t occur in a vacuum there are hundreds of programs, projects and initiatives taking place throughout the country. It’s an exciting and challenging time to be in the field of education. It’s fertile ground for innovation and creativity in teaching methods and delivering educational services and processes.

Teachers as agents of change

I wonder how many teachers consider themselves entrepreneurs? … a daring thought. Let me unpack that idea — How many teachers are entrepreneurial in their approach to education/teaching? I don’t think its something we think about very often? Our educational lexicon contains words like curriculum and development, pedagogy, learning standards, rubrics, outcomes, Master Teacher, Bloom’s Taxomony, experiential learning, ESL, early childhood development, etc – Educators have a working knowledge of these concepts. I continue to search out the lexicons with the word entrepreneur or entrepreneurship, I haven’t found one yet. Okay, so I am stretching the definition … really thinking outside the box

Let’s take a closer look – if you’re in the field of education and you’re reading this posting – Do you see yourself as an entrepreneur or entrepreneurial in your approach to teaching? How do educators describe their role and responsibilities as a classroom teacher? My primary role as educator is to create an environment which engages and animates students in their learning process. To keep kids actively engaged requires using tools and strategies that are youth-friendly. Learning is about wonder, discovery, creativity, team work, collaboration and thinking critically. I ask the question — how can I bring “real world experiences” into the classroom? It requires thinking entrepreneurially… seeing possibilities, reaching out into the community, building bridges. The teacher as agent of change, working to accelerate innovation and creating value in the community.


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