Entrepreneurship is a rapidly growing field, and teaching it in the classroom is becoming increasingly important. Teaching entrepreneurship goes beyond teaching standard topics such as marketing and accounting skills. It requires a different approach that focuses on problem-solving, iteration, collaboration, imagination, disruption, and counterintuitive action. To effectively teach entrepreneurship, educators must use a variety of methods and platforms to give students the opportunity to practice public speaking and work with authentic tools.
At the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, for example, the entrepreneurship classroom has been transformed into a medical school-style operating room. Here, students sit in a large auditorium and watch a professor perform surgery not on a human body, but on a startup. This approach allows students to gain an understanding of the real-world challenges that entrepreneurs face. In addition to using innovative teaching methods, educators should also integrate high-quality non-fiction texts into the curriculum.
This will help students gain an understanding of the history and development of entrepreneurship. Furthermore, educators should consider developing programs that specialize in veteran entrepreneurship if their program has multiple instructors who are veterans. To ensure that students gain an appreciation for the power of collaborative innovation, educators should encourage them to share ideas openly with their peers and leverage diverse perspectives to co-create business ventures. Educators should also provide students with activities that require them to use their critical thinking skills to solve logical puzzles about entrepreneurs and their businesses.
Finally, educators should consider ending their entrepreneurship classes with a “Shark Tank Friday” activity. During this activity, entrepreneurs present their ideas and the class pauses for discussion throughout. This will help students gain an understanding of the opportunities they can create for themselves in the future labor market. As the pandemic shifts entire industries, teaching entrepreneurship in the classroom is more important than ever. Educators must use innovative methods and platforms to give students the opportunity to practice public speaking and work with authentic tools.
They must also integrate high-quality non-fiction texts into the curriculum and encourage students to share ideas openly with their peers. By doing so, educators can ensure that their students are prepared for success in today’s rapidly changing world.