2011 Teacher Winner
School: KIPP Strive Academy, Fifth Grade Math
Project: Entrepreneurship in Action
Although students can master basic math skills in the classroom, they lack a working knowledge of how these skills will allow them to function in the “real world.” This project turns a classroom into a fictional community, where students run one of 15 small businesses (using a business simulation curriculum entitled Mean Jeans). As a result, students will gain practice of mathematical concepts, teamwork skills, time management skills and communication skills.