There has been an emphasis on teaching innovation and entrepreneurship, but the disconnect or challenge has been figuring out exactly how it should be implemented. Every school district, school, and educator has different starting points to the journey. There are also different visions and theories of learning, and pedagogical models from which you draw your practice.
The good news is that entrepreneurship doesn’t have to be a one-size-fits-all approach; since innovation is not about putting technology in classrooms, nor is entrepreneurship just about teaching kids how to make/sell products for business-savvy individuals, entrepreneurship doesn’t have to be (and ultimately shouldn’t be) treated as a separate domain, whereby it only applies to certain individuals.
Entrepreneurial savviness fundamentally boils down to the ability to turn passion or problems into opportunity recognition, or ideas for potential solutions, into action. This action should produce sustainable results—even when there are obstacles in the way or limited resources. How that entrepreneurial spirit manifests depends on the individual’s passion, skills, experiences, and goals. Regardless, it’s a transferrable skill set that can be leveraged by educators to enhance classroom environments, engage students by connecting their learning in a personalized way, help propel diversity into all areas of leadership. Isn’t that what we want for our students? Aren’t those skills beneficial for passionate educators who want to make impact, but are always budget and time-constrained?