On the first day of school I issued my students a PASSPORT and explained their year long simulation starts right today. P.A.S.S.P.O.R.T. (Preparing All Students for Success by Participating in an Ongoing Real-world simulation using Technology) is a way of teaching I adopted immediately after college. The goal is to prepare students for the 21st Century through real-world experiences. They learn personal finance and entrepreneurial skills, experience real-world situations, and gain insights into global affairs. It is a real-world simulated collaborative community where the students work, create and learn. Each student has the opportunity to become an entrepreneur, politician, banker, etc. They are given $1,000 (Johnsonville cash) to begin their lives. Students must buy a house or rent an apartment, earn wages, and manage their finances. They manage a database of their clients or suppliers and track their income. They advertise their businesses or skills. Students earn extra money through academic achievements and good behavior. Math skills are taught along with life lessons as the children buy and sell items that I donate. I believe students learn better when given real world experiences and applications.
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