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Middle College for Middle Schools: “Grab Their Attention Early”

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Middle College for Middle Schools: “Grab Their Attention Early”


Guide Description:
A report on the educational partnership between a county middle school and the county’s community college entrepreneurial studies institute. Discussions will include the concept, planning, execution, results, and analysis of a middle school enrichment program that uses entrepreneurial studies as a focus for generating self efficacy and lifelong learning skills.


Full Description:
This presentation details the importance of reaching students in a county’s “learning chain” as early as possible. The idea being that tomorrow’s community college students are today’s middle school students and it is then, when they get hooked on learning and develop the seeds of purpose in their lives. The presentation will include ideas and examples on how to engage students using innovative approaches that focus on experiential learning models for business education. The overarching purpose of which is to create relevancy by experiencing firsthand, the tangible results of the students self directed planning and managing of a business enterprise they conceived, even if the results are sometimes failure. Important ancillary results envisioned included reinforcement of explicit core learning skills such as math, reading and writing and the development of implicit knowledge about team work and communication they will need later in life. 
  • Hand-Outs: MS PowerPoint will be the media used for the presentation and a hard copy of the presentation will be available to attendees. Also sample copies of teaching and learning materials used will be included and discussed.
  • Hands-On Activities: Both a demonstration of actual learning activities as well as an opportunity for attendees to take part as “typical middle school students” will be included.
Closing Reflection: Presenters will openly reflect on their 2007-2008 school year experiences acknowledging what went well, what went wrong and changes employed for the 2008-2009 school year.

Anthony E. Baker, Instructional Specialist, Anne Arundel Community College’s Entrepreneurial Studies Institute, MD

Sarah Frances Freeberg, Middle School Teacher Annapolis Middle School, MD

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