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Life Skills

"How I Built This" Book Club: Entrepreneurship and Business for Teens

Learn about business, startups, and entrepreneurs in an engaging way - through a book club with other teens! Get an inside peek into the stories, creativity, goals, money, and mistakes behind many modern businesses.
Michelle, M.A. (Reading/Creativity)
114 total reviews for this teacher
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30 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 5 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

-Students will improve their knowledge of entrepreneurship (including its pros and cons) and the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs
-Students will understand how to spot and develop useful/marketable ideas
-Students will gain a background in corporate history (and the distinct stages companies go through while growing)
-Students will learn vocabulary words specific to business (such as founder, online marketing, pivoting, angel investing, and partnerships)
Department of Education, PK-12 Talented and Gifted 	

I have been a reading teacher for several years. Creating engaging and educational book clubs is my passion. My master's thesis was about bibliotherapy (book therapy) and its impact on gifted students.

I have owned a couple of personal businesses over the years as a musician, wedding singer, guitar teacher, and blogger. In fact, I love interviewing people about creativity and money as a freelance writer. While writing as a side-hustle, I have consistently gravitated toward personal finance and business. Most of all, I have studied peak performance and high achievement formally (in my master’s focused on talented and gifted education) and informally with my love of numerous books about creativity and business.
Reading assignments will be completed individually. We will reread sections and paragraphs as a group in order to spark conversations. However, students will be expected to do around an hour of reading each week (60-80 pages), depending on how quickly they read. In addition, specific podcast episodes will be recommended as an enrichment activity. Listening to a single podcast episode takes about 45 minutes. 
Students will need a copy of the book or an audible version of "How I Built This." As a reading teacher, I know students acquire information in a variety of formats, so I encourage everyone to do what method works best for them. Students are encouraged to attend with some way to take notes (tablet, notebook, or whatever's their style). They should have a way to take notes/journal in the same place throughout the duration of the course.
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Informal assessment will be used to gauge student understanding throughout the course of the book club. Reflective journal activities will be encouraged. (Journaling prompts will help students organize their thoughts before sharing during weekly discussions.)
30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
This book is for mature students with an interest in biographies and business. While all content is technically appropriate, the book discusses relationships, divorce, and hardship. Also, I suggest listening to the podcast (which features a diversity of stories - some containing very emotional moments about loss and/or trauma).
We will refer to Guy Raz's book "How I Built This" along with suggested podcast episodes. 


Michelle, M.A. (Reading/Creativity)
Lives in the United States
Masters in Education (Talented and Gifted/Special Education Certified): Gifted Homerooms - Reading Tutoring - Writing Tutoring - Creativity Coaching - Songwriting
114 total reviews
351 completed classes

About Me

As a certified master educator, I offer engaging classes centered around reading, life skills, and creative problem solving. With professional experience as a specialized reading teacher, middle school teacher, and enrichment coordinator/TAG... 
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