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Mismatched Mittens

The Best Way To Learn

The best way to learn? By doing.

I’ve taught at Saskatchewan Polytech for the past four years. I’ve taught Marketing, Digital Marketing, and my favourite class to teach, Entrepreneurship. It’s my favourite because we actually start a company and the students experience Entrepreneurship first hand. They can’t just read a book a bunch of times, remember it better than everyone else and ace a test, no no, this class is much more difficult than that.

From the book the Mastery, throughout the history of civilization the best way to learn anything in this world is by doing it. Apprenticeship is the long forgotten method of learning how to do almost anything in our world. But instead of making student apprentice in a subject, we make them learn all the theory of the subject. The problem happens when you engage the theory in the real world and a different result happens. What do you do when what you’ve been told will work 100% of the time fails? What an amazing learning outcome.

Failure is a part of life and when you do something like launch a company you experience a lot of failure. These end up being the best learning moments in the classroom life.

Our ancestors decades ago didn’t have the luxury of libraries, schools and teachers, they learned anything by doing it.

Enter Entrepreneurship 2.0.

In my Entrepreneurship class we start a company. We don’t Uplifting T-shirts, Free Hugs T-shirts, and this year we did MisMatched Mittens. 

 

Uplifting tshirts website

Born out of an idea from Junior Achievement(JA) in our city. JA in the high school curriculum has students creating a company as a team and actually taking a product to market. What a novel idea, experiencing entrepreneurship instead of learning about it. 

So Uplifting T-shirts was the first project. Supporting a local organization who came and presented to our class on “Social Enterprise”. Tyler Gray from Carmichael Outreach talked about the importance of business creation and job creation to get our community out of the cycle of poverty.

The idea of Uplifting T-shirts revolved around donating all proceeds to Carmichael. 60 T-shirts were printed with the slogan across the chest which read

Kindness is Contagious
Pass it on”

We sold them for $28 a piece. 60 t-shirts were sold in Seven days and the students raised $1,000 for Carmichael Outreach. Pretty cool outcome for a class of only Five students.

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Next was a similar idea for a “Free Hugs” campaign. This was done by our Digital Marketing class and it was a Summer semester so we never did get to finish selling the t-shirts. I may or many not even have one lying around if you’re interested!

We got come press about this one!

FREE HUGS

Finally MisMatched Mittens was the 2016 Entrepreneurship project. This time profits going to the Redcross Anti Bullying campaign. “These mitts are different and they don’t care, do you?” read the tag the students hired Articulate Ink here in Regina to create. They sold 89 pairs of Mitts at $15 a pair. After expenses the class ended up donating $870 to the Anti Bullying campaign. How awesome!

I believe the learning outcomes are much more concrete when you experience Entrepreneurship.

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A Summer Camp For Highschool Entrepreneurs in Regina

Bigideacamp website

Yup, we did it! The first week of August this past Summer we ran “Big Idea Camp 2015” a one day, Amazing race meets Harvard business competition. We had 6 students who formed two teams and competed in 5 different challenges throughout the day. It was nothing short of amazing.

Here’s the Twitter play by play on the day… Remember to follow @BigIdeaCamp on Twitter!

Big idea camp on twitter

Ivory Tower

Do You Care About Post Secondary Education? Watch This…

Ivory tower the movie

Ivory Tower is a documentary I recently watched on Netflix and I think you should watch it too. It talks about the ever increasing cost of tuition. Universities can’t balance their budgets and there’s pressure from all sides to do something about it. Government funding is decreasing, student apathy is increasing and at the end of it all some of the critics are asking, do we really need to be charging what we are for a third rate education? 

You can learn from the Ivy League school online for FREE now. No you can’t get the piece of paper along with it but is that really you end goal of school? To have a $60,000 piece of paper?

Watch the documentary, it’s enlightening.

Why I Think My Sister Is Brilliant

Amy and MeI had an enlightening conversation with my sister the other day. She works for a company in Calgary. She really understands the industry (realizing this after many probing questions of course) she’s worked her way up to a point where she’s quite valuable in the company, and she still doesn’t know how smart she is.

She isn’t lazy, hates being board, and understands that a stressful, hectic, growing company is much better to be working for than a stale, easy to do job, at a company going no where. The way she thinks is simply refreshing. A great person to have on the team. She truly wants to see her company grow and has a pretty good handle on how to go about doing that.

The best part? She doesn’t have a University degree. Nor do I think she needs one, I think she’s brilliant.

School was never her thing, so she couldn’t pay attention in class and learn, just like many kids back in the day and even more so today. She probably would be diagnosed with a mild version of attention deficit hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). But she’s so intelligent in how she thinks. She understands how actions affect other people, she’s self-aware, and really has the companies best interests in mind.

She’s a women in a industry dominated by men, has been told but popular education that her grades just aren’t good enough and still she’s excelling at her job in an enormous way. That’s awesome.

Episode #19 – Judging a Newspaper By Its Cover With Dan Nicholls

The "Dan Nicholls"Episode #19 – Judging a Newspaper By Its Cover With Dan Nicholls

I met Dan Nichols when he was working at Squareflo a long time ago, we have a lot in common and think the same about a lot of things so we’ve been great friends ever since.  Dan has since moved to the fine offices of Oh! Media (a division of Phoenix Group Advertising), a website design and development company in Regina, Saskatchewan.  Read more

Episode #16 – How Do You Teach “Business” in High School? Feat. Jordan McFarlen

Episode 16 – How do you Teach “Business” in High School Featuring Jordan McFarlen

Jordan mcfarlenI met Jordan McFarlen in High School, we won a city championship on the same volleyball team.  We still play volleyball together on, arguably the best beach volleyball team in the city, the Volley Lama’s.

Jordan has always been very smart and just a really a fun guy to be around.  Now all grown up, he’s one of the most progressive teachers in the Regina Public School system.  He’s a great guy and an inspiring teacher,  I think he’s going to do something amazing in this world.

You’ll enjoy what he has to say. Read more