Lori Anderson-Stowe of Lincoln East High School was one of 9 teachers from 5 high schools and programs in Lincoln Public Schools honored for their efforts in teaching business classes to students. For more on that award, read this story.
Here are her responses to questions about what concepts students learn, how they learn and how the curriculum is changing for the better for students.
Why do you feel business is a good high school topics for students?
The business and technology classes that we offer are great for students to use when determining what career field to go into.
Many of our students will be working in business in some capacity and business education helps them with their futures. Students that want to be entrepreneurs and take Business Management realize that there is a lot that they do not know and part of what we do is highlight resources to help with that. College Accounting is a great foundation class for any student wanting to go into the business field or for someone who will someday manage a department or own a business. Employers want employees that have computer skills before they are hired. The business and technology classes that we offer are great for students to use when determining what career field to go into.
What types of projects do the students complete, and what do you see from them that assures they are growing their understanding?
Both classes had fantastic projects that I was in awe regarding their creativity and skill.
In Business Management, my students completed several projects and one of my favorites was picking a toy and presenting on how to market that toy. I saw that their understanding was growing when several of the groups talked about the demographics of the customer that the toy would be marketed to. In Introduction to Digital Design, students created a Wacky Water Slidz project where they created, from scratch, 6 marketing items for a new water slide park using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. In Digital Media I, the students' final project was creating items in Adobe Animate, Photoshop, and Premiere to make a video to the song, Moo Cow Dance. Both classes had fantastic projects that I was in awe regarding their creativity and skill.
What trends have you seen in recent years in the curriculum for business?
In Business Management we do a lot of projects and in College Accounting there is more of a digital presence than there was ten years ago. With the technology classes, our projects are more sophisticated than they were a few years ago as my knowledge of the many different programs taught increases and the programs, themselves become more powerful.
What hopes do you still have for your students as you continue to add and refine your own lesson plans?
My hope is that as we are doing projects in computer classes that the students are thinking of ways to use what they have learned outside of class.
My hope is that as we are doing projects in computer classes that the students are thinking of ways to use what they have learned outside of class. With College Accounting, my hope is that they have gained enough of a foundation that their first accounting class in college will be a refresher and that they succeed with their accounting and finance degrees. In Business Management, my hope is that those that want to become entrepreneurs have a good foundation so that they know the correct questions to ask and where to get answers to those questions.
Published: May 31, 2017, Updated: June 2, 2017