My students walk in ready to deliver and take on the tasks of the class. When they are all here, I can confidently say, "All of my favorite students are here today," as they boast about who, if any, is the actual favorite.
I teach at a K-12 school where students readily accept one another as they are.
Their camaraderie impresses me daily and allows us to dive deep into authentic learning experiences. My students' exposure to opportunities is limited in our distant, rural setting. As a result, the students love novel, new information, and are filled with curiosity.
Our classroom is much more than the traditional classroom you’d typically think of. Our classroom has a lumber rack, saws of all sorts, welding machines, and most importantly, ambitious and interested students.
Cost analysis is a life skill that is important to everyone: the grandma picking out clothes for her grandchild, the venture capitalist considering investments in a startup, and the contractor putting a bid on home repairs.
We are ready to take things to the next level: to further offer authentic, real-world learning to our students. A POS kit ("point-of-sale" kit or simply put: cash register) would do just that. A POS kit would make the cost analysis experience much more real for students. Here’s how:
As a student in my class, I give you a gift card with enough credit to 'purchase' wood/metal/plastic materials for your first project. The POS bundle requested is capable of managing these gift cards. Upon completing the project, you put it up for sale.
The item sells, and Mr. Barbercheck increases the balance on your gift card. You reinvest those profits in another project. The cycle continues. You have wins and losses, but overall you get to experience the cause and effect of manufacturing and selling a product in a comfortable learning environment.
In the meantime, other students are managing the POS system. Students are knowledgeable in the various types of materials and supplies available and figuring unit costs of those materials, whether it be board feet, linear feet, or square feet. The bundle manages inventory as well, so Mr. Barbercheck receives an alert when the class is running low on a particular type of wood screw.
Get us to the next level and give our manufacturing environment an entrepreneurial and project management component. Who knew a POS could be valuable?
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