Business English is intended to be a career-oriented class that focuses on professional writing, peer-to-peer communication, giving presentations, working with technology, and thinking about things like target audience and decorum while writing. The students in this class indicated to someone somewhere along the line that they were not interested in a four-year degree, so they've been put into this class to try to fast-track skills we leave for most students to learn more completely in college.
Eight of my eleven students are described as At Risk.
While we do have many At Risk students, they couldn't be more different apart from that. They have a wide variety of interests and skills. Two of them want to go into cosmetology, but otherwise no two have the same career path. These are mostly students planning on foregoing college for some kind of technical training or direct entry into the workforce.
They're a really good group and I enjoy my time with them. They're all friendly and they're really starting to warm up to the class. You can see that glint in their eyes that kids get when they're interested in something. I'm hoping to keep that around.
I was able to get the school to pay for one of the books I'm teaching this year (How to Win Friends and Influence People), but I'm really looking forward to also teaching Moneyball and, towards the end of their Senior year, I'll teach Freakonomics as a pleasant read that can be tied to business learning. I know my students will appreciate your help!
At the beginning of the year, my students voted on three books to read.
I surveyed some other teachers and folks online, and compiled a list of 15 viable books for the course, then I summarized them for the students and we voted on them. Moneyball, How to Win Friends and Influence People, and Freakonomics came out on top, and we're excited to use them in class! Now we just have to pay for them!
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