In this unit plan, the approach to teaching entrepreneurial spirit is to focus instruction on experiential learning, collaborative investigation, and application of knowledge. The skills associated with entrepreneurship are reinforced throughout this course through group work and real-world examples. Students are given the opportunity to identify problems and solutions using the guiding principles of modern day problem/solution models in start-up businesses. This guide contains lesson plans for 22 instructional blocks, with supporting information, student worksheets, assessment questions and rubrics.
The course guide has been divided into five key concepts for any entrepreneur:
1. Problem: How do ideas solve problems in the world?
2. Solution: How do you find solutions that meet people’s needs?
3. Customer: Who are the people that care about the solution and how do you know they want your solution?
4. Value: What makes your solution different or better than other solutions already available?
5. Validate: Get into the community and talk to your potential users to discover if they see value in your solution.